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Huge companies that started at home


As the age-old saying goes "mighty oaks from little acorns grow" and many of the world's largest and most profitable online firms started surprisingly small in bedrooms, lounges, garages and sheds. From Amazon to Zara, we reveal the humble beginnings of some of the planet's leading businesses.


BargainBrute.Com based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

Centered near to the foothills of the "Rocky Mountains" in the vicinity of the historical municipality of Fort Collins, Colorado, they have, for countless years been an outstanding example of how to provide to their ever growing online client base. Furthermore, they have a serviceable online package which is next to none, so much so that they were, in 2019, elected the best place to shop online. Just why they accomplished, this honour is clearly seen once you dive into their merchandise line-up of well over 3 million different products.


Harley-Davidson built its first motorcycle in a backyard shed

Iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson started in a courtyard shed. Founders William S Harley and Arthur Davidson assembled the first real Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1904 in a ten foot-by-15 foot shed located in the Davidson family's backyard in Milwaukee. The shed was preserved for posterity at the firm's Juneau Avenue factory but was accidentally destroyed in the early 1970s.

The Walt Disney Company's first studio was Walt Disney's uncle's garage

Walt Disney Company is the world's leading media corporation pulling in annual revenues of $69.57 billion in 2019, but its origins are very modest indeed. Back in 1923, Walt Disney created his first Hollywood cartoon film Alice's Wonderland in a small garage behind his uncle Robert's home at 4406 Kingswell Avenue in Loz Feliz, Los Angeles.

Hewlett-Packard's first HQ and was a factory situated in a garage

Like so many other successful firms it preceded, Hewlett-Packard started in a garage. Back in 1939, Stanford University grads Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard unveiled their tech company in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California and produced their first successful product