So legend has it although some debate it that while in college Fred Smith came up with the idea to streamline the transportation of parcels in the U.S. Smith came up with a plan that made the movement quicker and more efficient………he started the company in Little Rock, Arkansas…but the airport there didn’t help him out…so he moved the company to Memphis, Tennessee….airport…and the company was off….he started off with 14 small jets that he used to transport the packages…the company had financial problems as well but kept on going…and finally with the help of some bigger banks re-capitalized the company and made it into what it is today…even when the company made mistakes…at the helm he would re-correct the course of the company..and now 1000’s of people are gainfully employed..by this great man and his idea……enjoying reading about the history of fedex…click the link.
Ericsson was started by Lars Magnus Ericsson. He worked for a company that made telegraph equipment for the Swedish government. Lars got the idea to start a telegraph repair company (probably after seeing how long it took his company to repair things). Lars moved from telegraph repair into repair foreign made telephones and then finally making his own telephones. Lars had a major market share of his phones in Sweden. But Bell Telephone company brought the biggest telephone network in Sweden and only allowed their equipment and phones to be used with the network…effectively squeezing any competition out of the pipeline…but do not dismay…as that didn’t deter Lars. Lars kept pushing and found niche markets in Russia, Britain, Mexico, and South America. Another telephone network in Sweden opened up and made Lars one of his main providers of telephone equipment since he couldn’t contract with Bell or use Bell’s systems per their company policy…….So right place at the right time?…..Lucky….who knows…..I think it was a combination of mindset and determination that no matter what happens…..I’m going to make this company succeed. Heck, most would have given up as soon as Bell came to town and said..well how can I compete with Bell? They are a powerhouse…and now what do you know? Ericsson is in the U.S. now…..Click the link…..Read about the history of Ericsson.
Well there wasn’t very much information listed in regards to the history of the company. But it started in 1857 and was given the approval or decree by Queen Elizabeth II. The company was primarily involved in worldwide trader. The bank was founded on the port of Santander in Northern Spain. According to Wikipedia this was the hub of trade between Spain and Latin America…so we can assume that among things traded here, where furs, jewelry, gold, various wares, and other means of economic commerce. Click the link, read about the history of the Santander Group.
Lancôme was started in 1935 by Armand Petitjean in France. Armand wanted to create beauty products that showcased French elegance around the world. So it looks like his plan worked. He showed his fragances at the World’s Fair in Brussels, and they were a hit. So Lancôme is actually an arm or division of L’Oreal now and has been since 1964. Armand’s idea has employed 100’s and 1000’s of models, fashion designers, make up artists, photographers, and creative people. Well thank you Armand for your contribution to society and the world. Red more about the history of Lancôme…….Click the highlighted link.
Boeing was started by William E. Boeing in July of 1916. William initially started off working in the timber industry and became wealthy. He later got into planes and built wooden airplanes. William test flew a Glenn Martin Flying Birdcage (with the inventor of the that plane “Gleen Martin”). William crashed the plane and Glenn told William it will take a long time to re-build. William knew he could rebuild the plane faster and did……Two key details that helped Boeing break away from the pack was he sent two planes to a Navy testing center to have them use his planes. They liked his planes so much they ordered more……This was at the start of World War I……..Then at the end of World War I…planes were cheap because of the military surplus of them……but William ventured into furniture making during these time while most other plane companies just quit……Thanks William for not giving up. Click the link. The History of Boeing.
Dell Computer was started by Michael Dell in 1984. He was a student at the University of Texas-Austin. He got the idea to sell customers computers directly. Dell wanted to sell computers using ibm compatible parts. Dell received an initial 1,000 dollars in investment capital from his family to get started. He did exactly that and got started. One key to Dell’s early success was his successful use of mail order computer catalog marketing. This early capitalization on a little known and newly emerging market help turned Dell into a Multi-Billion dollar company. Read more about the history of Dell. Click the link.
John Deere started in 1836 when John Deere moved to Illnois from heavy debt in Vermont. John opened up a factory and made parts for farmers. In these days people would see a product and pay for it then the blacksmith would make the product. John Deere got the idea to make his products ahead of time so when people saw them they could buy them right away…which many people did. John also sold steel plows while other blacksmiths were selling wooden or iron plows. The steel plows were stronger and could stand up to the constant abuse and strain. Another key move John made was to always be near railroads and transportation hubs such as the Mississippi River. Read more about the history of John Deere. Click the link.
Chung-Ju-Yung started Hyundai engineering and construction company in 1947. 20 years later he started Hyundai Motor Company. The first car Hyundai produced was called the Cortina. It was released in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company. After making their first car with Ford Hyundai wanted to build their own car….so Hyundai hired designers and engineers to build them a car and used parts from Japanese companies to build a new car called the “Pony.” This car was very successful in regards to sales, Hyundai then feeling itself looked into building its own cars and own engines. The company has gone from the bottom in consumer taste and value to higher up. The success of the company can be linked to design, aggressive marketing and higher quality production. During the Asian-Financial crisis of the 90’s Hyundai swallowed up Kia. There’s a lot more to the Hyundai Motor Company don’t take my word for it. Click the link.
Sony was started in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka as a small electronics shop. Masaru started off with $530.00 dollars in cash and eight employees. His business partner named Akio Morita joined the company a year after its start. The company was originally called Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Company. Sony produced Japan’s first tape recorder. Sony introduced transistor radios into the American market and was extremely successful. Sony ran with this success and was a powerful exporter of consumer electronics during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Read more about the History of Sony. Click the link.
Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works (which would later become Nissan) was started in 1911. Masujiro Hashimoto was the person who started the company. Three years later in 1914 the company produced its first car called the DAT. The name DAT was derived from the three original investors in the companies first initial of the last name. The company has gone thru a lot of change which I’ll let you read about. But one key fact that stood out is in China, Russia, and Mexico Nissan is the number one Japanese imported vehicle. Just so you know. Go Joe. G.I. Joeeeeeeeeee. Lol. Enjoy reading the history of Nissan. Click the link.