Many large businesses came into being in tiny places from the Bezos garage to the Harvard bedroom of Mark Zuckerberg.
In the early stages of building a company, a new or young entrepreneur with great ideas and maybe little money to spend often needs proper office space.
No surprise, it is not shocking, as some of the most prosperous businesses today are born in kindergartens, household garages, dark cells, and dormitories.
Here are fourteen large-scale companies.
In Jeff Bezos’ home workshop, Amazon started as an online book shop.
In 1994, the internet’s ability was used by Jeff Bezos. He drove out of his hedge fund job in New York and rented a house in Bellevue, Washington.
The platform was originally sold for a year by Bezos from the workshop, and Amazon.com was live in July 1995.
Bezos today, with a net income of about $193 billion, is the world’s richest individual. At approximately $1.7 trillion Amazon is priced.
Bezos will step down as CEO at the end of this year on February 2, confirming that Amazon is transferring to executive president status.
“I know why people move out of the car park, Bezos said in an interview in 1998. This isn’t because they’ve run out of rooms. This is because they have run out of electricity. So many computers are in the garage that circuit breakers kept flipping away… we can no longer connect to a vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer.”
The vision of Facebook came to life in the fresh Harvard dormitory of Mark Zuckerberg.
In 2003 during his studies at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg founded a website called Facemash. The platform allowed students to judge the attractiveness of other individuals but was quickly dismissed within two days.
Holding the momentum going, Zuckerberg created Facebook, a Social networking web that spread rapidly through universities, a year later, and its mates —Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
In the years since then, Facebook’s privacy issues have been targeted. During the Analytica controversy in 2018 in Cambridge, Zuckerberg also referenced his modest origins when testifying before the Justice and Commerce Committee of the Senate and explaining that “The history of how we got here has not been so resourceful that we started in my dorm.”
At about $760 billion and around 58,600 full-time workers, Facebook is today priced.
The business was started up in a garage in Albuquerque by Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
In 1975, the pair began to create an early personal computer, Micro-Soft, for microprocessors and applications.
The garage in Albuquerque was used by Gates and Allen, but then by the Sundowner Motor Hotel, the basement was situated conveniently across the street from a personal computing firm. At about $1,8 trillion, today, Microsoft employs approximately 166,400 people.
Gates said during a visit back to Albuquerque, “The entrepreneur has no better symbol than the humble garage. Naturally… we have established our company in a garage to preserve my parents’ pile of money, but I assume that others are doing so because they’re poor.”
In reality, Larry and Sergey Brin launched Google at Susan Wojcicki’s current YouTube CEO.
Wojcicki and her husband Dennis Troper purchased a four-bedroom home in Menlo Park, California, in 1998, and leased the garage to 2 doctoral students from Stanford to help them pay their mortgage, according to Susan Wojcicki’s Business Insider Profile. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, working on their new business, Google, happened to be the students.
Wojcicki became Google’s 16th employee, who relocated to an office in 1999.
In 2019, Brin and Page quit the organization and wrote: “We could not imagine that our servers would follow the journey back in 1998 when we moved from a dormitory to a garage.”
At around $1.4 trillion today, Google had nearly 118,899 employees and by the end of 2019.
In Apple’s early days, Steve Jobs’s parents’ garage played a role.
In 1976, Apple’s early stages were played by Steve Jobs’ garage for parents in Silicon Valley. Jobs and his co-founder Steve Wozniak, however, spread quickly, he said, Bloomberg Businessweek. Wozniak said.
According to an article published in the Washington Post, Wozniak called Apple “some myth,” but he also acknowledged that this car was part of the story of the company.
“We are better than anything, but the garage we did not design there, he says to Businessweek in 2014. The finished products would be taken to the garage, made to work, then taken to the store which paid us cash.”
Since then, it has been designated as a historic location in the garage, attached to Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos, California.
Today, with retail stores in 25 countries, Apple is worth approximately $2.2 trillion. By 2020, about 147,000 people were working in the world.
In 1923, in the back yard of his uncle, Walt Disney drew cartoons.
Walt Disney produced “Alice in Cartoonland” in 1922 and merged animation and live-action in seven minutes. But Disney has had to switch to Hollywood to find other jobs in the movies business, which was created by a New York film retailer.
Disney lived with his uncle in Hollywood and set up his cartoon shop in his garage. In Encyclopedia Britannica, Disney and his brother Roy bought a 200-dollar camera and set up Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, which produced the entire ‘Alice Comedies’ series, after they learned that his cartoon ‘Alice’ was still popular.
Disney currently has an estimated 320 billion dollars and hires nearly 203,000.
Kevin Plank sold his goods from the basement of his grandmother in the early days of Under Armour.
Kevin Plank created the company in 1996, to produce athletic gear, which could sweat and be worn as a cornerstone of intense exercise, according to an Under Armour profile.
He used the cellars for his office, and Plank lived at that time in the townhouse of his grandmother in Georgetown.
Nowadays, the amount of Under Armor is about 8.2 billion dollars.
Plank said in a Washington Post interview, “I remember the NFL guys calling me up one day and saying, ‘Kevin, we will be in D.C. Today we want to go to the office to see you,’ who had me looking around the house of Grandma, thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, don’t do so.'”
During work on 9-5 fax machines, Sara Blakely created Spanx in her Georgian flat.
When she came up with the concept for Spx, Sara Blakely worked as a door-to-door fax salesperson. She wanted to cut a pair of pantyhose off her feet while wearing open-house shoes and discovered that she was on something.
For two years Blakely has carefully researched and trained for Spx and also has worked a full-time job, as described in a story by Forbes. She went to a pitch meeting and persuaded Neiman Marcus to give her product an opportunity. With the use of Neiman Marcus as a lever, Bloomingdale, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman were then able to persuade Spanx to make a shot.
But she didn’t have a business room back then. She would pack and send orders from home to Spanx with her boyfriend and, according to Forbes post, she would make telephone calls from her bathroom or bed.
Laurie Ann Goldman was the fifth boss and eventual CEO to support Blakely. She remembered that her first office at Blakely’s Georgia apartment was the kitchen in an interview with Forbes.
Forbes said that Blakely had a net value of 610 million dollars as of October 2020.
In his childhood bedroom, David Karp developed Tumblr.
David Karp created Tumblr, the platform for social networking and microblogging in 2007. At that time, in his mother’s little apartment in New York, Karp worked from his bedroom. It won 75,000 users on the evening, according to The Guardian.
Karp’s mother said, “David would run through that apartment and say: ‘Mom! In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune about Karp’s love of computers!” Mother! Mother! It is this and this and this and this and that and this! ‘And what the heck he spoke about I did not know. It was an entirely different language.”
Tumblr sold $1.1 billion to Yahoo in 2013, the Washington Post reported. But in 2019, in just 3 million dollars the blogging website was acquired by WordPress.
Before moving to his nearby garage to get more rooms, Michael Dell began his business in his dorm at Austin, The University of Texas.
In 1984, the majority of computers had been shipped to individual components to be installed by customers. Michael Dell wanted to sell custom computers built to meet the unique specifications of individual businesses.
The original name of the business as PC’s Limited, which he opened at UT Austin, in his school dorm. Dell needed more rooms and eventually dropped out of school to go full-time with Dell.
Dell currently has an estimated $58.3 bn and hires around sixteen thousand employees.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the first Harley Davidson motorcycle was made.
William S. Harley drew a blueprint in 1901 for a bicycle engine. In 1903 the Harley Davidson motorcycle was designed in a 10-by-15-foot wooden shed by William and his brother Arthur.
The door of the shed had been written on it by “Harley Davidson Motor Company.”
Today’s value is about $5.1 billion. Harley Davidson. It was estimated that there were 1,569 dealers worldwide in 2019.