Ericsson was started by Lars Magnus Ericsson. He worked for a company that made telegraph equipment for the Swedish government. Lars got the idea to start a telegraph repair company (probably after seeing how long it took his company to repair things). Lars moved from telegraph repair into repair foreign made telephones and then finally making his own telephones. Lars had a major market share of his phones in Sweden. But Bell Telephone company brought the biggest telephone network in Sweden and only allowed their equipment and phones to be used with the network…effectively squeezing any competition out of the pipeline…but do not dismay…as that didn’t deter Lars. Lars kept pushing and found niche markets in Russia, Britain, Mexico, and South America. Another telephone network in Sweden opened up and made Lars one of his main providers of telephone equipment since he couldn’t contract with Bell or use Bell’s systems per their company policy…….So right place at the right time?…..Lucky….who knows…..I think it was a combination of mindset and determination that no matter what happens…..I’m going to make this company succeed. Heck, most would have given up as soon as Bell came to town and said..well how can I compete with Bell? They are a powerhouse…and now what do you know? Ericsson is in the U.S. now…..Click the link…..Read about the history of Ericsson.
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Recently I was granted the amazing opportunity to interview Steve Barr, illustrator of 11+ books in the 1-2-3 Draw series, published by Peel Productions. He had some interesting things to say about being creative, pursuing your dreams and where to find the best gems in North Carolina. I thought I would share the creative stuff with you but keep the knowledge of the gems entombed deep within my hoardy heart. Read on for some gems of wisdom, however. The North Carolina gems are mine!
1. Use Rejections as Motivation
Steve Barr was unusual as a kid. By seventh grade one of his cartoons was already featured in a national publication. He was even selling them to other students for lunch money. But perhaps the most amazing fact was that he began networking at a very early age. An age we all secretly believe was made up by Spielberg:
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Well there wasn’t very much information listed in regards to the history of the company. But it started in 1857 and was given the approval or decree by Queen Elizabeth II. The company was primarily involved in worldwide trader. The bank was founded on the port of Santander in Northern Spain. According to Wikipedia this was the hub of trade between Spain and Latin America…so we can assume that among things traded here, where furs, jewelry, gold, various wares, and other means of economic commerce. Click the link, read about the history of the Santander Group.
Lancôme was started in 1935 by Armand Petitjean in France. Armand wanted to create beauty products that showcased French elegance around the world. So it looks like his plan worked. He showed his fragances at the World’s Fair in Brussels, and they were a hit. So Lancôme is actually an arm or division of L’Oreal now and has been since 1964. Armand’s idea has employed 100’s and 1000’s of models, fashion designers, make up artists, photographers, and creative people. Well thank you Armand for your contribution to society and the world. Red more about the history of Lancôme…….Click the highlighted link.
JP Morgan Chase Bank was formed when JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank came together in 1955. Well one half of the bank Manhattan Company started in 1799. The company got its start providing water for NY. The founder of the bank Aaron Burr(the one who shot and killed Alexander Hamilition) had a clause written in the charter of the company that allowed it to use its extra cash for banking purposes. On a side note Burr’s main competitor for banking in New York was Alexander Hamilition Bank of New York.
JP Morgan bank began in 1854 when Junius S. Morgan and George Peabody & Co. started Peabody Morgan and Co. The company started off in government bonds and foreign exchange. The company later secured a contract with the bank of England, to underwrite war bonds for the UK, and France. Read more about the history of JP Morgan Chase Bank. Click the link.
Ralph Lauren started Polo Ralph Lauren in 1967 with a $50,000 dollar loan. He had a vision of making exceptional men’s ties. Ralph made women’s suits that had a men’s style to them..which was innovative……..After successfully opening a boutique store in Manhattan..he then opened a store in Beverly Hills……Ralph kept trucking..and turned this company into the multi-billion dollar company that it now is……..click the link. The History of Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Boeing was started by William E. Boeing in July of 1916. William initially started off working in the timber industry and became wealthy. He later got into planes and built wooden airplanes. William test flew a Glenn Martin Flying Birdcage (with the inventor of the that plane “Gleen Martin”). William crashed the plane and Glenn told William it will take a long time to re-build. William knew he could rebuild the plane faster and did……Two key details that helped Boeing break away from the pack was he sent two planes to a Navy testing center to have them use his planes. They liked his planes so much they ordered more……This was at the start of World War I……..Then at the end of World War I…planes were cheap because of the military surplus of them……but William ventured into furniture making during these time while most other plane companies just quit……Thanks William for not giving up. Click the link. The History of Boeing.
Dell Computer was started by Michael Dell in 1984. He was a student at the University of Texas-Austin. He got the idea to sell customers computers directly. Dell wanted to sell computers using ibm compatible parts. Dell received an initial 1,000 dollars in investment capital from his family to get started. He did exactly that and got started. One key to Dell’s early success was his successful use of mail order computer catalog marketing. This early capitalization on a little known and newly emerging market help turned Dell into a Multi-Billion dollar company. Read more about the history of Dell. Click the link.
John Deere started in 1836 when John Deere moved to Illnois from heavy debt in Vermont. John opened up a factory and made parts for farmers. In these days people would see a product and pay for it then the blacksmith would make the product. John Deere got the idea to make his products ahead of time so when people saw them they could buy them right away…which many people did. John also sold steel plows while other blacksmiths were selling wooden or iron plows. The steel plows were stronger and could stand up to the constant abuse and strain. Another key move John made was to always be near railroads and transportation hubs such as the Mississippi River. Read more about the history of John Deere. Click the link.
ExxonMobil is the split-off or merger of 2 companies. So the creator of Exxon Mobil was John D. Rockefeller who created The Standard Oil company. A journalist wrote a book about the tactics used by Mr. Rockefeller to corner the market on oil and the company was subsequently broken up into 34 smaller companies. This story sounds similar to AT&T. Well there’s more history and story to read here…just click the link and read about ExxonMobil.