Before you think of this as yet another “inspirational” post, let me assure you — it’s not. Most iconic companies that we know of are believed to have humble beginnings, which is partially true. You’ve got to know the other side of the story.
Check out this wonderfully curated tweet post from Historic.ly that unleashes the truth behind those stories you’ve been hearing for ages. Some of the facts include:
William Harley & Arthur Davidson designed a bike. They needed to build a manufacturing facility to make some prototypes to sell. Lucky for them, Arthur Davidson had a rich uncle James McKlay loaned them the start up money
Jeff Bezos’ parents lent him $250k to start Amazon
Larry Page had a dad who was very distinguished in computer science. Larry went to his dad’s Alma Mater on a legacy admission (University of Michigan thankfully discontinued that practice in 2018). After Page graduated from University of Michigan Computer Science (The same department his dad studied at), he worked in industry to pad his resume and got into Stanford. One of Larry Page’s professors introduced Larry and Sergey to Sun Microsystems’ Billionaire Andy Bechtolsheim and he wrote a check after the professor vouched for him.
Steve Jobs were working in Atari and Steve Wozniak was working for Hewlett Packard, while they were playing around to make a computer. Steve Wozniak made the computer with parts he was able to get around.None of this is true! Let’s look at how each of the companies were founded!
What’s the point? Well, get your facts right before you share stories of these iconic companies and how they were started. I guess you’ll need to dig up some fresh material now.