There are a huge number of businesses in the world, and many of them started out with next to nothing before they hit the big idea that would skyrocket and turn them into multi-million pound businesses. Here we take a look at how some of the world’s biggest businesses started out, in order to give you some inspiration when it comes to your business.
Starbucks initially began after two teachers and a write got together to start up a Seattle coffee bean seller in 1971. A personal connection was Alfred Peet, who was the found of Peet’s Coffee & Tea. In 1982 Howard Schultz joined the company, and this was when Starbucks coffee shops grew massively, despite the founders initially hesitating over the drastic change in business plan. In 1992, the company went public, and grew into the largest chain of coffeehouses in the world.
Boyd Gaming Corporation
The story of this company dates back to 1941, when Sam Boyd arrived in Las Vegas with his family. He had just $80 in his pocket, but over time, he gradually worked up the ranks from dealer to pit boss and beyond. Soon after, Boyd bought a small interest in the world-renowned Sahara hotel, and then moved on to be a general manager and partner at The Mint in downtown las Vegas. This is where he began to introduce a number of successful innovations to the world of gambling. After the Mint was sold in 1968, Boyd managed the Eldorado Casino, and in 1975 Sam and his son Bill founded the Company to develop and operate the California hotel and casino. In 1979, the two opened ‘Sam’s Town’ – the first full-scale resort in Las Vegas to cater for the locals, located in what is known today as Boulder Strip. It is with this inspirational story that you are now able to enjoy some of the best online casino deals, as Boyd’s legacy of integrity, service and excellence lives on, as does his belief in treating people right.
This was founded by Fred DeLuca with $1000 of a friend’s money in 1965. This friend, Peter Buck, soon became his partner. While their original 10 year plan was about to fall through (the plan was to open 32 stores), the pair began to franchise. Now, Subway has more locations worldwide than McDonalds, and in 2010, the company hauled in $15.2 billion in revenue.
Four years after being named the youngest vice president of a successful Wall Street investment firm, Jeff Bezos quit his job and moved to Seattle in order to pursue untapped online retailing opportunities in the book industry, or so he believed. He actually started off in his garage in Bellevue, Washington, and began to develop software. He then began to have meetings at a nearby Barnes & Noble, and in July 1995, Bezos launched Amazon.com and sold his first book all from his garage. Now the company is the world’s largest online retailer.
The Walt Disney Co.
In 1923, in a one car garage belonging to Robert Disney (Walt Disney’s uncle), a team under the business name of The Disney Brothers Studio, filmed a feature called the Alice Comedies. A few months later, they Walt and his brother moved to a bigger lot down the street. This is where they signed a deal with Universal Studios to distribute the Alice Comedies (which later inspired Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland).