10 Extremely Successful Companies Started in Garage

Are you a young entrepreneur who wants to start a new business on your own? If you are frustrated by how much time it will take to successfully, hold on and just don’t give up on your dreams because all the big and famous companies always start from a small business. There are lots of popular and big companies that started as a small idea in a garage. Many entrepreneurs started a business in a small place which soon became one of the highest grossing manufacturers and retailers in the market. To better understand how to build a world famous company you need to know how other entrepreneurs have created their company. Here is the list of the Top 10 Famous and Extremely Successful Companies Started in Garage to inspiring you.

10. Yankee Candle Company

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In 1969, Michael Kittredge made a scented candle in his garage from melted crayons as a gift for his mother. Lots of people were interested in his candles and now it is the largest United States manufacturer of scented candles. He established the company with his two high school classmates and the Yankee Candle Company was located in Massachusetts, United States.

9. Maglite

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Maglite is a brand of LED flashlight manufactured in the United States by Mag Instrument. The Mag Instrument was founded by Anthony Maglica in California in 1974 and released his first flashlight in 1979. The Maglite’s accessories include mounting brackets, glass lenses, fiber optic extensions, high power bulbs and LED conversion modules. Today Maglite is the standard issue flashlight for all police officers in the United States.

8. Harley Davidson

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Harley Davidson is an American motorcycle headquartered in Wisconsin. In 1901, 21 year old boy S. Harley plan to create a small engine to power up the cycle. After the hard work of two years, Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson built their first motorcycle in a small wooden shed in Wisconsin. They officially founded Harley Davidson in 1903 and today it is a very popular brand in motorcycle all over the world.

7. Dell

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Dell is a multinational computer technology company based in Texas, United States. In 1984 the Michael Dell dropped out of university to focus on his work. In 1985, the company produced its first computer the Turbo PC which sold for $800. Currently the Dell is the number one shipper of PC monitor in the world with the revenue of US $57 billion (in 2013).

6. Hewlett Packard

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Hewlett Packard is an American multinational information technology founded by Bill Hewlett and David Packard on 1st January 1939. Their first product was an audio oscillator and the first customer was Walt Disney who purchased oscillator to improve the sound quality for the movie Fantasia. The HP garage is considered as the birthplace of Silicon Valley and the world’s largest PC vendor by unit sales.

5. Disney

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The Walt Disney Company is an American multinational mass media corporation headquartered in California. Disney was founded on 16th October 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney. They make their first set up studio in the one car garage in his uncle’s house. Now it is the largest media conglomerate in the world in term of revenue.

4. Amazon

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Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer headquartered in Washington, United States. The Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. He started from selling books and now selling everything including every gadget. Now the Amazon provides service to over 50 countries all over the world.

3. Apple

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In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created their first prototype of a personal computer back in a small garage in California. They sold the Apple I at $500 per unit local retailer. When they introduced the Macintosh in 1984, the company gets very popular all over the world. The Apple Inc. is known for its innovative plus revolutionary gadgets and currently is the most valuable technology company in the world.

2. Google

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After being graduated from Stanford University, Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed the Google.com website in a garage owned by Susan Wojcicki. Now they manage the biggest and most trafficked network on the internet. Their mission was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful “. Their service includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google+ and the world’s best search engine.

1. Microsoft

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Microsoft is an American Multinational software corporation headquartered in Washington, United States. The Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on 4th April 1975. They tried their luck in making Microsoft in a small space garage with very little resource to start with. They licensed their first operating system for about $80,000, after many years of hard work they improve the operating system that is set today as Windows. Microsoft is now the world’s largest software maker measured by revenue and the founder Bill gates is one of the richest people on earth.

Written by
Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received M.tech degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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