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When one thinks of a garage, the last thing that comes to mind is famous brand names. However, over the years, many brands that we have come to rely on were actually created and developed in small suburban garages.


This retail giant was initially founded as an online bookstore back in 1994. During its beginning stages, Jeff Bezos ran the entire operation out of his garage located in Bellevue, Washington. He managed to make his first sale of a book in 1995, and today, Amazon.com has grown to be the largest online retailer in the world. Whether you are looking for the latest book release or need a few items of clothing, Amazon has become a one-stop destination for an extensive range of merchandise.


During September 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page developed what has become known as the largest search engine and online company in the world. They rented a garage from Susan Wojcicki for a modest $1,700 per month, and within a year, the company had relocated to what is now known as the Googleplex. As part of the company’s legacy, Page and Brin have since purchased the house and garage that formed part of this company’s humble beginning.

Hewlett Packard

As far back as 1939, garages were being used to host what have become some of the most famous companies in the world. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their sales business with a mere $538 to their names. In the beginning, they sold a wide range of goods, but as time went on, they specialised exclusively in technological products. As a result, HP has grown to become one of the largest personal computer manufacturers.


Initially founded and started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, Microsoft has grown to the point where it is now the largest software-providing corporation in the world. Shortly after start-up, Microsoft managed to license their very first operating system at a cost of around $80,000. At present, this company is probably the highest-grossing software development company in the world.

Harley Davidson

In 1901, William Harley and Arthur Davidson constructed a motorised bicycle in a small wooden shed located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This project took the friends approximately two years to complete, and in 1903, the Harley Davison Company was officially founded. Today, this has become what is probably the most famous motorcycle brand in the world.


Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniac started Apple Computers in a garage in Cupertino, California in 1976. Their first 50 units were sold at a cost of $500 each to a local retail store. The pair and a few other team members assembled these first units by hand in a matter of just 30 days. Over the past few years, Apple has grown to become the largest retailer of mobile technology in the world. Examples of their latest offerings include the iPhone and iPad.

The next time you have a great idea coming to mind and set it aside for fear of not having anywhere to work with it, just remember that some of the most famous brands in the world started off with nothing but a garage.

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