Few of us remember where we started, or we simply choose to ignore that little detail. However, the one thing that brings together all successful brands is the will to succeed and the fact that they’re proud of their simple beginnings. Do you know which famous brands/people started off in a garage? If now, go down this list and find out. Please note that their place in this list is not in any way relevant to their importance in the world, it’s just the way they came to mind as I was thinking about it. Here we go!
Apple is currently the most valuable technology company in the world, especially now with the launch of their new iPhone and iWatch. But it all began in the garage of Steve Jobs’ parents where, in 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, went to work and hand-built 50 computers in 30 days for a local retailer, selling them at $500 a piece. The rest is history, while the address – 2066 Crist Dr, Los Altos, California – will be famous for ever.
9. The Beatles
Before forming The Beatles, John Lennon was a member of a group called The Quarrymen. It was unavoidable that the parents of one band member couldn’t take the noise anymore, and that’s when the future superstar and his band-mates were forced to practice in a back garden air-raid shelter. Who would of thought they’d make it?
In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon as an online bookstore, and he was running his business out of his garage. In July, 1995, he sold his first book and packed it in the same garage. Things have gone really well, as Amazon is now the world’s largest online retailer. The garag is located at 10704 NE 28th, Bellevue, Washington.
7. Harley Davidson
In 1901, William S. Harley was thinking on creating an engine to power his bicycle. Over a few years, Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson, built the engine-powered bike out of a wooden shack, somewhere in northern Milwaukee, Wisconsin, founding Harley-Davidson in 1903. Since then, every little boy ever dreamed of listening to that roaring sound inside his garage.
In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the future Microsoft giant inside a garage. This is the very same garage where they licensed their first operating system to IBM for $80,000. Later, Windows hit the screens and dominated the computer market.It still does, although not by that much.
5. The Ramones
When the Ramones formed in 1974, John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi had both already been in high-school bands which used to practice in garages. Aside from that little detail, by the end of the group’s musical career, the Ramones had shaped the entire punk rock movement. They’re still influencing musicians today!
In 1945, Ruth and Elliot Handler were newlyweds who decided to start a business out of their garage. They started out by selling picture frames, and making dollhouse furniture from leftover scraps. Luckily, the post-war baby boom made their first toy, a mini ukulele, a huge success. Nowadays, Mattel is an iconic brand to all children, although Barbie is to blame for that.
In 1923, Walt and Roy Disney moved in with their uncle, Robert Disney. The brothers set up in his garage and came up with “The First Disney Studio”where they started filming the Alice Comedies, part of the original Alice’s Wonderland. Today, Disney is the highest-grossing media company in the world, with numerous films and animations enchanting children and grown-ups alike. 4651 Kingswell Ave, Los Angeles, California is the place where the magic started.
As Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google during the summer of 1998. After borrowing Susan Wojcicki’s garage, they started developing the most accessed site on the Internet. The project started interfering with school work, so they tried to sell the project to Excite for $1 million, but the transaction was turned down by Excite. Now, that’s a really bad decision! They can be remembered of that by taking a trip to 232 Santa Margarita Ave, Menlo Park, California.
1. Lotus Cars
Anyone here a car enthusiast and a racing fan? Well, check this out: in 1984, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman started building the first Lotus race cars in his parents’ garage. The British brand went through a lot over the years, with interesting models and failed cars to reach the streets. However, today, Lotus is one the leading British manufacturers of sports and racing cars.Just watch a F1 race!