7 Famous Garage Startups
The world’s largest online retailer was once completely run out of a garage owned by its founder Jeff Bezos in Bellevue, Washington. This was also the place from where the first book was sold by Jeff.
After completing her MBA in 1998, Susan Wojcicki bought a house for $600,000. To repay the loan, she rented the garage to two Stanford students for $1,700 a month. The tenants were no ordinary guys, but the brains behind the world’s most repeatedly used search engine Google – Larry Page and Sergey Brin. That garage was where Google took off from. Page and Brin also tried to sell off the company after it started interfering with their school assignments, but Excite refused to buy it for $1 million. Big mistake, eh?
Dave Packard’s garage was the place Dave along with Bill Hewlett started HP in 1939 with an initial investment of $538. Their first customer was Walt Disney who bought eight of their first product, an audio oscillator to develop the sound system for the movie Fantasia.
Mattle,the barbie maker
The company that now finds a mention in the Fortune 500 companies and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange was started in the garage of their owners and newly-wed couple Ruth and Elliot Handler after the second world war. They initially manufactured picture frames before they released Barbie in 1959.
The 50 units of Wozniak’s Apple I Computer which was sold at a price of $500 each in 1976 was built in 30 days at a garage in Cupertino, California. The consumer electrical company that was started by 21-year-old Steve Jobs and 26-year-old Steve Wozniak is now the most adored technological company in the world.
If you ever visit Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, do ask about the house in Los Angeles where the world’s largest media house was started. A 45-minutes drive will take you to the house that initially belonged to Walt Disney’s uncle, Robert Disney. In 1923, Walt and his brother moved in there with their uncle and set-up the first Disney studio in the garage. Even the early Alice comedies were filmed here.
In 1901, 21-year-old William S. Harley decided to build a small engine that could power a bicycle, two-years later he and his childhood buddy Arthur Davidson succeeded in churning out their first motorcycle from a friend’s 10 by 15 foot wooden shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.