100 years of start-ups: Where did it all begin?

All of today’s most prolific multi-national corporations started somewhere, and were at some point or another referred to as ‘startups’.  Throughout their journeys from startup to multi-national, these …

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All of today’s most prolific multi-national corporations started somewhere, and were at some point or another referred to as ‘startups’.  Throughout their journeys from startup to multi-national, these businesses would have faced a number of setbacks. However, as with all success stories, these setbacks are often followed by triumphs, some of which went on to define these brands, thus setting them apart from their competition.

The government-backed Start Up Loans Company has taken a look back at where it all began and have produced an interactive timeline featuring some of the world’s major brands: Amazon, Jaguar Land Rover, IKEA, Marriot, Microsoft, Samsung, Starbucks, Tesco, Unilever, Walmart, Amstrad and Poundland.

Detailed within the timeline are some of the key turning points over the past 100 years, that have gone on to shape the businesses we know today.

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  • Samsung’s initial offering in 1938 was exporting dried fish, fruit and vegetables to China
  • In 1978, Microsoft produced its millionth black and white television. A year later they began making colour TVs.
  • In 2001, after six years in business, Amazon makes a quarterly profit of $5 million on revenues of more than $1 billion.

David English, Chief Marketing Officer at The Start Up Loans Company, said:

“This timeline details the journey of some the biggest brands in the world. It just goes to show that it wasn’t always as glamorous as it is now, and often these companies started out doing something completely different.

“We wanted to show how hard work, business sense and the right amount of money can go a long way. Who knows where launching a start-up might take you?”

You can read the piece here: www.startuploans.co.uk/100-years-start-ups

 

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