Q. What do Google, Facebook, Virgin, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla have in common?
A. They all started small and had a vision of being something big.
Even the biggest multi-billion dollar conglomerate started off as an SMB (small business). After studying some of the most dominant brands, it’s clear there was one common denominator that they share when growing their business – having good leadership and a clear vision.
Want some inspiration? Below is an infographic on how global brands such as Apple, Google, and Facebook grew from startups to global giants.
Apple started in a garage and over the years has brought about the most monumental changes in mobile music consumption (the iPod), mobile phones and smart phones (the iPhone) and mobile computing and content consumption (the iPad). These innovative devices and impeccable designs, all started with Steve Job’s vision of allowing the individual and aesthetics to be front and centre, not the mainframe computer.
Google (one of my favourite companies) has revolutionised how we search for information online. They are the reason I have a job as an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) professional. Google started small but have grown to over 90 percent search share in Australia.
Facebook is another startup success story. They have completely redefined how we connect with friends and brands and this success is attributed to their persistence in growing during pivotal points rather than selling it off. Mark Zuckerberg has a clear vision, but Facebook too was once a small business.
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For some additional inspiration, join me on a trip down memory lane and see how these companies started out small and then grew.
A version of this post was first published on the Salesforce.com/au blog and was written by Mark Vozzo, online marketing manager at Salesforce.com. It is part of the Future of Work series sponsored by Salesforce.com.