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What makes a big company? the secrets that separate them from the herd. McDonald’s french fries and KFC’s gravy are a few fine examples to make the point clear. In the digital age ease and transparency is what people want. We cannot possibly know the business secrets but we sure can learn chunks about them. Their vision and success is proof the horizon of imagination has no limits. Here are some crazy and stunning facts about big brands that will make you either feel inspired or leave you shocked.
The Nike Holy grail
The first-ever Nike shoe was made on an old waffle iron. He launched the shoe as the “Waffle trainer,” and rest is history.
The mountain dew flavor
The orange juice concentrate gives mountain Dew its flavor.
You never know you may be talking to Jeff Bezos
Jeff Spends working on the customer service desk for two days every couple of years.
Mark is colorblind
We see blue color on Facebook is because Mark Zuckerberg is color blind to red-green.
A camel worked for google
Google hired the services of a camel to map the desert for Google Maps.
Eat what you love
The inventor of Vaseline ate a lot of jellies.
Fedex and gambling
3 years into business and fuel costs broke the back of the company. With the last $5,000 Fredrik Smith went to vegas and gambled it all, He won $32,000. The company survived a few more days and he gathered more funds.
Ben and Jerry's was supposed to be a bagel brand
Ben and Jerry both wanted to open a bagel brand, but everything was out of their budget so they decided to take up a $5 correspondence course in ice-cream making.
Yahoo is an acronym
It means “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
Siri is no secret keeper
Your every conversation with Siri will be sent to apple. It is to improve Siri’s performance.
The play Doh Wall cleaner
Noah McVicker’s invention of play-doh had cleaning properties so his family soap company sold it as a wall cleaner.
A tough first day but not the second
They sold 12 shoes and didn’t have cash in hand for change so they gave it all away on credit and the next day every customer came back and paid.
All Ikea stores are a maze
The stores are designed to keep the customer in the store for prolonged periods.
The Marlboro man
The original Marlboro man Darell Winfield died of lung cancer.
The Burj Khalifa
The tallest building of the world is made by Samsung’s construction division.
BMW opened because the Germans lost the WW1
BMW was initially an airplane manufacturer but after WW1 they stopped production to avoid bankruptcy and began manufacturing motorcycles and then cars too.
The World's largest watch brand
18 brands, a total sale of $8 Billion, 33,000 employees make Swatch the greatest luxury watch brand.
The biggest eyewear brand
Luxottica owns 80% of the brands in the eyewear market. They own Prada, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ray-Ban too.
The giant Volkswagen
Volkswagon owns Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porche, Skoda, and many more automobile brands.
Amazon, the biggest market
Amazon has 606 million products.
A company or a country
JP Morgan chase & co. owns more than $2.4 trillion in assets.
Disney owns everything
Disney owns Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Hulu, ABC, and Walt Disney studio which makes them the largest media conglomerate.
Let's eat at McDonald's
McDonald’s serve 9 Million pounds of French Fries every day.
Disney world is a city
The Disney World in Florida is equal to San Fransisco, sprawling over 43 square miles.
Coke owns the soda world
About 40 brands make billions in soda sales out of which 20 are owned by Cocacola. They make around $43 billion per year in sales.