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.
Chung-Ju-Yung started Hyundai engineering and construction company in 1947. 20 years later he started Hyundai Motor Company. The first car Hyundai produced was called the Cortina. It was released in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company. After making their first car with Ford Hyundai wanted to build their own car….so Hyundai hired designers and engineers to build them a car and used parts from Japanese companies to build a new car called the “Pony.” This car was very successful in regards to sales, Hyundai then feeling itself looked into building its own cars and own engines. The company has gone from the bottom in consumer taste and value to higher up. The success of the company can be linked to design, aggressive marketing and higher quality production. During the Asian-Financial crisis of the 90’s Hyundai swallowed up Kia. There’s a lot more to the Hyundai Motor Company don’t take my word for it. Click the link.
Sony was started in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka as a small electronics shop. Masaru started off with $530.00 dollars in cash and eight employees. His business partner named Akio Morita joined the company a year after its start. The company was originally called Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Company. Sony produced Japan’s first tape recorder. Sony introduced transistor radios into the American market and was extremely successful. Sony ran with this success and was a powerful exporter of consumer electronics during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Read more about the History of Sony. Click the link.
Goldman Sachs was formed in 1869 by Marcus Goldman in New York. The company started out by making commercial paper available for entrepreneurs. Henry Goldman was friends with the owner of Sears and was able to handle the IPO for the company. The company came up with a fund that soon crashed and burned in the 1929 Stock Market Crash. The company has resiliently bounced back from this defeat and is now a multi-national financial services corporation. So read about the history of goldman sachs. Click the link.
Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works (which would later become Nissan) was started in 1911. Masujiro Hashimoto was the person who started the company. Three years later in 1914 the company produced its first car called the DAT. The name DAT was derived from the three original investors in the companies first initial of the last name. The company has gone thru a lot of change which I’ll let you read about. But one key fact that stood out is in China, Russia, and Mexico Nissan is the number one Japanese imported vehicle. Just so you know. Go Joe. G.I. Joeeeeeeeeee. Lol. Enjoy reading the history of Nissan. Click the link.
Allainz was started by Carl Von Thieme and Wilhelm von Finck in 1890 on February 5th. The company mostly covered German merchants in the ocean and on land. The company later expanded to insure merchants worldwide and in other countries. During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire the company sustained heavy losses but kept on trucking……and now you have it a multi-national insurance brand. Enjoy reading the history of Allianz….click the link.
Starbucks was started by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker. The company opened its doors on March 30, 1971. The three got the idea to sell high quality roasted beans and equipment from Alfred Peet after he showed them how he roasted his beans. Starbucks would eventually buy Peet’s from Alfred. The founders ended up selling the company to a former employee Howard Schlutz, he took the company and ran with it and turned Starbucks into what it is today. When Starbucks first started the market for premium coffee was only 3% after a few years it increased to 10%. Starbucks capitalized on a premium coffee trend before other coffee houses had any clue what was happening. Read about the history of Starbucks. Click the link.
Heineken was founded in 1864 by a 22 year old kid named Gerard Adriaan Heineken. The beer is made up of simple ingredients. Three days after prohibition ended in the U.S. Heineken was shipped to the U.S. Heineken is one of the most successful imported beers in the U.S. Read about the history of Heineken. Click the link.