Iconic Companies that Started in a Garage

Iconic Companies

Iconic Companies that Started in a Garage

A lot of the big name companies we know today did not start out in a big office building, but rather had humble beginnings in their family or friends garage. Here are a few iconic companies that started in a garage.


Amazon is the largest online marketplace to date. It started off as a bookstore founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, where operations first began in his home garage in Washington. It took more than a year for the business to sell its first book, but soon became the business it is today, valued at almost $300 billion, making Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world.


A lot of big software or social media businesses started off small. Microsoft is no different. When Bill Gates and Paul Allen started up Microsoft, they only had a small garage and minimal resources to work with. They did, however, have amazing programming skills, and they used those to build their first OS and licensed it for $80,000. After lots of work and time, Microsoft is now recognizable on a global scale, is valued at over $400 billion, and has been ruling the PC market for more than two decades. This venture also made Bill Gates the richest man on the planet at the time.


From small sketches to the big screen, the first Disney film studio was in Walt Disney’s uncle’s garage. They started filming Alice Comedies, part of Alice’s Wonderland back in 1923. Today, the company is worth $150 billion and is the biggest multimedia conglomerate in the world.


This software and computer company had its first office in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage. The company started in 1976 when Steve Wozniak designed and developed the first Apple I Computer for just $500. When a local business requested fifty computers, Jobs and Wozniak found all the parts and built all fifty computers in just 30 days. Now, their big office is called the Infinite Loop, where Apple is the leading company in technology with a worth of over $550 billion.


The most well-known and used search engines started in current CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki’s garage. It started off as just another college project that is now worth over $500 billion.


Just down the road from where Apple made its start, Stanford graduates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their own business; Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) in 1939 with a small investment of just $538. Their first product was an audio oscillator (HP200A) and one of their very first customers just happened to be Walt Disney Productions where they bought eight of them for their movie Fantasia. Today, the garage is a museum and is known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. The company is now known for printers, computers and other cutting-edge technology and is worth about $13 billion.

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