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  • drdianehamilton 1:59 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Disney, , , , Harley Davidson, , Hewlett Packard, Leonard Shoen, Maglite, , Mattel, , , , Yankee Candle Company   

    Famous Entrepreneurs Who Hit it Big With Humble Beginnings 

     

    The movie The Social Network showcased Mark Zuckerberg’s ability to create an enormous business from seemingly nothing.  Not all entrepreneurs have been accepted to Harvard like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to hit it big. However, having the intelligence to get there doesn’t hurt.

    I grew up next door to a very smart man who worked his way through a state college and started a little company with $5000.  That man was Leonard (Sam) Shoen who created U-Haul by asking gas station owners to let him rent trucks from their lots.  Amerco is now the parent of U-Haul and is a far cry from the corner gas station beginnings.

    There are plenty of Leonard Shoen and Sam Walton stories out there.  Accountingdegree.com recently published a list of 10 big businesses that got started in a garage including: 

    1. Apple
    2. Google
    3. Mattel
    4. HP
    5. Amazon
    6. Disney
    7. Microsoft
    8. MagLite
    9. Yankee Candle Company
    10. Harley Davidson

    For more detail regarding how each of these companies got started, you can click on each individual company or read the article by clicking here.

    To see Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford explaining how he started Apple watch the following video:

     

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    • baggedemotions 2:56 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I really want an old vintage typewriter!!!

  • drdianehamilton 2:40 pm on August 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bloggers, , Cisco, , , FREE networking, , , Journalist, journalists, Lowe's, Mattel, Olive Garden, Pitch, , , , wire service, , Yamaha,   

    FREE Site PitchEngine: Get the Word out About Your Products or Company 

    Are you using Pitchengine to get the word out?  If not you should be. PitchEngine was has been around since 2008.  This site is for businesses and journalists in need of a better alternative to email for exchanging information and assets for publication and print.  Unlike traditional wire services, PitchEngine enabled users to openly create and share their own content, while including images, videos and attachments FREE for 30 days with other plans offered for a monthly fee. According to their site: In 2009, more than 70,000 pitches were shared by 27,000 organizations looking to get the word out to not just journalists, but to bloggers, consumers and other influencers as well. It’s easy to design your message.  They liken it to being as simple as filling out a Facebook page. You can add your pictures, videos or attachments.  After publishing, you can easily share your pitch with your friends and followers through your social networks, email and other methods. Once your message is published, journalists, bloggers and other readers can direct-message you privately to ask questions or give suggestions. And, you can track your pitch with our Google Analytics integration.  Some of the companies using their service include:  Zappos, Olive Garden, Mattel, Cisco, IBM, Xerox, British Airways, Lowe’s, Yamaha and more.

     
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