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From Little Garages do Big…

Apple, Google, Amazon, Harley Davidson, Disney, Mattel. All massively successful companies who in one way or another have had a huge impact on the world.

As of last week, their size by Market Capitalisation was as follows:

Apple – $940 billion
Google – $852 billion
Amazon – $906 billion
Harley – $6 billion
Disney – $234 billion
Mattel – $4.5 billion

But these companies all have one thing in common. They all started life in a garage. For each of these companies their first trading premises was a garage.

Back in 1998, Bill Gates of Microsoft was asked by a reporter to describe Microsoft’s competitive nightmare, specifically “What business challenge do you most fear?”

At the time of the interview in early 1998, Microsoft was the dominant player in the high-tech industry — its operating system had a market share of 90%. Gates pondered the question, while rocking back and forth, sipping a Diet Coke, and delivered an answer that was insightful, surprising, and brutally honest.

The reporter remarked: “Gates did not recite the usual litany of prominent foes: Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Apple. Nor did he cite any regulatory issues that might come from the federal government”.

Instead, Gates said that the business challenge he most feared was this:
“I fear someone in a garage who is devising something completely new”
Little did he know that later that year two guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, would get together in a garage and start a little company called Google!

My point? We all must start somewhere. As a business owner, you may be operating from a spare bedroom, a small serviced office…..or a garage!

But as these great companies have all proved, with:

  • Vision
  • Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Hard Work

Anything is possible.

If you have plans to grow your business, and think that you might need funding to help with your expansion plans, then email us at or give us a call on 020 8949 2122 and talk to an expert about how we can help you get the funding solution your business needs to thrive and grow.