Famous Companies That Started in Garages


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The humble beginning to a successful company is the Cinderella story; starting from nothing and ending up with everything. Huge corporations had to start somewhere, and many of them had less than ideal digs before they created a thriving enterprise. A popular choice for startups is the garage.

Here are a few examples:


The search engine that has also become a verb (Google it, Do some Googling, etc) started out in a garage that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented from Susan Wojcicki.

Wojcicki didn’t work for Google at the time (she would later become vice president of product management), but she needed help paying the mortgage.

Google is now one of the most used sites, and is more than just a search engine with features such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Plus.


In 1945, founders Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler started a picture frame company out of a garage. From leftover materials, they started constructing dollhouses so they didn’t waste anything. These sold better than the picture frames, and now Mattel is one of the most recognizable toy companies today.


iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro….Just a few of the amazing products to come out of the California based computer company. As one of the easiest noticed brands, Apple tends to be the technology choice for pretentious hipsters at coffee shops. This wasn’t always the case.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started out of an unassuming garage in 1976, hand building 50 computers in 30 days. Now it one of the highest valued companies at over $300 billion.


Moral of the story? You don’t need to be all fancy pants in order to make something great. Other companies like Amazon and Disney also got their start in a garage.

If you have the right drive, attitude, and intelligence, a garage will suit you just fine while you are starting out. You have to work for that corner office, for the rows of girls typing, and for the great office that serves its purpose and then some.

Don’t think your business is too good for a garage, because it wasn’t for these companies. Just make sure to clean up any engine oil or there might be a whoopsie daisy.


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