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.
Chanel was started in 1909 and started off with the name of House Of Chanel. Gabrielle Chanel was the mistress of two socialite businessman ( Etienne Balsan and Arthur Boy Capel). Both of these men saw Gabrielle’s fashions sense and business sense and financed many of her ideas. During World War I supplies of certain fabrics were limited as many of the fabrics were used to make uniforms. In spite of this Gabrielle used jersey cloth which sat really well on the women’s bodies that wore them. This story was good there were a lot of twists and turns to it…..don’t take my word for it. Read about the history of Chanel….click the link.
In 1983 Toyota Chairman, Eiji Toyoda, decided to make and market a car that was the best in the world. Toyoda had his engineers go to work to conceptualize and create this vehicle. Eiji called this vehicle the F1 project. During the 80’s (early and mid) Honda and Nissan both introduced Luxury Vehicle lines similar to Toyoda’s idea. Eiji took the market research one step further and sent his team overseas to study the habits of the consumer as well as test the heck out of the cars that would later become apart of the Lexus brand. Eiji also realized that he would need to make Lexus as its own brand with its own stores in order to market the new vehicle…….don’t take my word for it. Read about the History of Lexus. Click the link.
Fredrik Idestam and Leo Mechelin were the founders of Nokia. Nokia started off making rubber products(believe it or not) tires, boots, and other items made of rubber. The company also started out as 3 companies but never actually merged because it was illegal at the time. The company was ran by Eduard Polon during this time. The company would eventually delve into electricity and consumer products. As the company grew the non conglomerate-conglomerate grew and sold many times of different products, from rubber tires, to military grade masks. Nokia also had to place cables in Russia after WWII as apart of war reparations, which later gave Nokia a foothold in the Russian telecommunications market. Enough blabbing, go check it out for yourself. Read about the history of Nokia. Click the link.
Philips was started in 1891 by Gerald Philips and his father Frederik Philips. Frederik was a banker and helped his son find a small factory to start his operation making carbon filament electronics and other items. After 4 years into starting the company the company was near Bankruptcy. Gerald brought his younger brother, “Anton” Philips into the business. Anton had a great deal of new ideas which he introduced to the company which helped the company become profitable and continue to grow and expand………….Read about the History of Philips……Click the link.