History Report: Business Start-Ups: Coca-Cola, Nordstrom, etc.
The Fashion Forbes is it’s own entity! We’ve now been in our “Niche” business as a Fashion Source and Lifestyle Inspiration Publication for a little under two years! We’ve gone through great changes and advancements just as any other start-up businesses! For those that have already started they’re own business you know exactly what we speak of but to those of you who haven’t, take a walk down history lane and check out some of the stories that have inspired the foundation of the Fashion Forbes and other leading businesses.
Coca Cola one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world wasn’t always so large! In fact it started off cash poor with a good idea model after a French wine Vin Mariani! In fact it was originally a replica of the increasing popular French drink. After filing bankruptcy in 1872 founder John Stith Pemberton released his product Coca Cola in 1886 while addicted to the toxic drug morphine! While still pressed for cash John figured out a business strategy that worked well with the budget he didn’t have, he began to outsource over 80% of all materials used to make this drink! The alcohol was eventually switched to water and the cocaine leaf that was used eventually replaced by another substance.
origional bottles from the 1880 to today.
The Bottle History.
Around the same time as Mr. John “Cola” a young lad by the name of John W. Nordstrom moved to the big city, NYC from his homeland Sweden with $5.00 in his pocket and not a word of English in his vocabulary. He worked odd jobs like mining and logging camps, until a local newspaper declared Gold found in Alaska! He began to journey towards the Alaskan Gold, he still worked the mines laboring for the gold and eventually he saved $13,000. The journey continues to Seattle as he returned with a new friend Carl Wallin who owned a shoe repair company. Together in Seattle Washington they founded, Wallin & Nordstrom, In 1901. This small business eventually evolved into the major fashion conglomerate Nordstrom Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc. is an American upscale fashion retailer, founded by John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin and headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
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Did you know that one of the largest companies in the world was founded in a garage by a Harvard College drop out? Yes! Apple. Apple’s founder Steve Jobs never graduated Harvard university like most may think! He actually dropped out to save his struggling parents money, but still sat in all of the Harvard classes without the knowledge of the professor for free. Eventually Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple Computer on April 1, 1976. The company was incorporated the company on January 3, 1977 in Cupertino, California.
Apple thought they’d out smarted Jobs and didn’t need him anymore, and fired him. In 1990 the image the executives had for the company was not good, or what the customer wanted so sales tanked in 1990. Jobs was then rehired, restored in his original place and the brand was completely restored by 1998. Apple has since been at the top of its game, and showing no signs of slowing down, until 2011 when they lost Jobs once again. Steve Jobs passed away Oct. 15th 2011. What kind of changes will we see in Apple’s future!?One just has to wait and see!
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Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services, and personal computers. (Source: Google/Wiki)
- CEO: Tim Cook
Have you ever wondered where your family favorite game came from? Well some of the most classic games such as Chess, Monopoly, and Scrabble started by indeed a family. The Parker brothers where a upper middle class family who enjoyed family time and playing games together. George Swinnerton Parker, one of the companies main founders wrote his own biography for his successors to know the company history straight from his perspective, making his story one of the most interesting!
These upper class men born to a mansion in Salem was raised in Medford. He speaks of a Red room where he plays games with some of the city’s uptown boys. Its here that his love for gaming becomes evident as he created several games, one called “Everlasting.” In this game he acted as a banker and allowed the other players to borrow money, buy factitious property, and the richest player wins! Doesn’t this sound a little something like, Monopoly? That’s because it is! He so candidly speaks on the development of his games, concepts, rich and loyal family history.
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Parker Brothers is an American toy and game manufacturer and brand. Since 1883, the company has published more than 1,800 games; among their best known products are Monopoly, Cluedo, Sorry!, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Ouija, Aggravation, and Probe. ( Source: Google/Wiki)
2. Mc Donalds company History: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/our_story/our_history.html
3. Hilton Company History: http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/about/history/