Wish Upon a Garage
May 15, 2020
A garage is a magical place; a site of dreams. In fact, many people have dreamed of starting a business in their garage and some even went on to become highly successful corporations. Maybe you’ve heard of a few: Hewlett-Packard, Disney, Amazon, and Google all started out as a big idea. All of these founders had the fire and tenacity to stick with their business through ups and downs and make it into something incredible. You may have a fantastic business idea. If so, read on about people who made their garage (or someone else’s) into a magical place that helped them start a successful business. No company starts out at the top – remember that. What you see now may be a multi-billion dollar corporation but all of these businesses had very meager beginnings and lots of hard work went into making them what they are today. (Corporations are listed in alpha order, not by income.)
GoogleSusan Wojcicki allowed the creators of Google to use her garage for their project. If her name looks familiar it’s because she is the current CEO of YouTube. But way back in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin attended Stanford and started Google as their college project. Today Google is an internet giant. What other company name can be used as a verb? “Why don’t you Google it?” When Page and Brin tried to sell the company for $1 million they were rejected. But it’s cool, Google is worth over $500 billion today. Lessons Learned Don’t give up if you can’t sell your company for $1 million.