It's easy to look at major corporations and assume that their progress has been a straight line. Someone had a brilliant idea and some good business sense, they founded a company, and that company grew. It turns out that most of the companies that you can recognize in an instant have a history nothing like that.
Some companies start out creating a product that is a lot different from the product that they're famous for, today. Others decided that they needed to get into business for bizarre and esoteric reasons. If you're curious how the biggest names in business today got their start, keep on reading. You'll find yourself surprised. These are not the tales of ingenuity we've been taught in school. Instead, they're weird, wacky, and occasionally confusing tales of accidental success. Read on to find out if you're on the right path to build a famous company.
Every company has an origin story.It's a little bit like superheroes but with less spandex and more accountants.
For some companies, it's fairly straightforward.Have an idea, start a business, profit.
But those aren't the companies we're talking about today.No, the companies we're talking about today are WEIRD.
Brace yourself.We're about to go DEEP.
But before we get too terrifying...We'll start with some stories that will just make you go "huh. Well, that's weird."
First up, let's talk about American Express.
via: GettyYou might think of them strictly as a credit card company, but originally they did shipping. Their name suddenly makes a lot more sense.