The unexpected beginnings of world-famous tech companies
Even the most successful companies that are worth billions now had to start somewhere. The truth is, some of the largest brands in the world emerged from circumstances most people don’t even know about. Sometimes, founding stories behind famous companies seem so incredible that you don’t believe they are true. You may be surprised, but some great enterprises got their start as something completely different than what they’re known for nowadays.
In its early days, Sony Corporation was known as a manufacturer of electric rice cookers.
LG Electronics, a large Korean tech company, started with the production of tooth powder.
Many years ago, Nokia earned money by selling paper and rubber boots.
started out producing sewing machines. They still manufacture them today.
founder Ingvar Kamprad began his career by selling matches and other small, cheap goods.
company originally produced always-sharp mechanical pencils.
, the world’s leading manufacturer of planes, grew out of a small company that made snowmobiles.
Few people know that aircrafts and aircraft engines were
main products when the company started its work.
Believe it or not, but
was originally founded for the sole purpose of producing handmade Hanafuda decks (translated as "flower cards").
The founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson, started as an editor-in-chief of a youth-culture magazine called Student.
was originally founded as a company that specialized in selling groceries.
In its early days, Sega produced slot machines and two-minute photo booths.
Soap and margarine were the principal products manufactured by Unilever .
Lipton actually started out as a regular grocery store.
In the 1930s, Philips & Co. produced light bulbs and radio receivers. They still manufacture them.
A hundred years ago, Bonduelle was known as an alcohol producer.
The famous clothing company founded by Hugo Boss, started out making uniforms for the Nazi Party.
Before it became famous for its computers, IBM had been producing tabulators, cheese slicers, and weighing scales.