Don’t get misled by the title. I am not here to speak about the mysteries which are happening around us daily, rather I am going to present some of the interesting details of the mysterious companies which have changed our lives in one or other way.
Most of us at one or the other point of time think of starting a company either for profits/creating jobs for people etc. When that dream is about to come true, the first dilemma in our mind will be ‘What will be the name of my company?’ So by the time you start a company, you will have the idea of how the well-established companies got their names as a part of your research for naming your company. I want to help you in that particular aspect so let me list out some of my favorite companies and how they got their names.
1) Google: - Google was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor; they received a cheque made out to 'Google'.
2) Apple : - Apple was the favorite fruit of Steve Jobs. Company was Three Month late in filling name for business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 O'clock. And we all know about Apple logo, but there is small history for that one also. Initially Apple logo was not cut by corner. It was like complete apple fruit. But some people thought it looks like orange fruit instead of Apple. That’s why they decided to cut.
3) Hewlett Packard: - Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. So Hewlett told that if he wins the toss then company name will be “PH” now everyone knows who won that toss.
4) Hotmail: - Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.
5) Microsoft: - Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on (disappeared on 3/2/1987).
6) Intel : – Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore initially incorporated their company as N M Electronics. Someone suggested Moore Noyce Electronics but it sounded too close to "more noise". Later, Integrated Electronics was proposed but it had already been taken, so they used the initial syllables (INTegrated ELectronics). To avoid potential conflicts with other companies with similar names, Intel purchased the name rights for $15,000 from a company called Intelco.
7) Sun Microsystems : – Its founders designed their first workstation in their dorm at Stanford University, and chose the name Stanford University Network for their product, hoping to sell it to the college. They did not.
8) CISCO: - It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.
9) Facebook: - Name stems from the colloquial name of books given to newly enrolled students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.
Recent updates about above companies
1) Google: - Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001 to become its chief executive, will stay on as executive chairman after he leaves his CEO role on April 4. Google cofounder Larry Page will be the next CEO.
2) Apple: - Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs is on medical leave. Apple COO, Tim Cook leading the company's day-to-day operations.
Apple hits 10 billion app downloads.
Apple's iPad2 is currently in production.
Apple is secretly working on IPhone Nano. It will be one-third smaller than today's model that could be sold for about $200 without a contract.
3) Hewlett Packard: - Tablet war is heating up with every passing moment. HP enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate ¬– the HP TouchPad With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications. decent competitor to Apple iPad, RIM’s Playbook, Motorola’s Xoom (at least it looks good on paper :P :P)
4) Microsoft: - Nokia and Microsoft have joined hands to take on Google and Apple in the fast-growing smartphone market as the Finnish cellphone maker attempts to regain its leading position in the sector. Nokia has rapidly lost share in the higher-margin smartphone market. Hope Microsoft will save them.
5) Intel: - Intel is facing a potential bill of around $700m to repair and replace faulty ICs in its recently announced 6 Series support chips for its Core “Sandy Bridge” processors.
6) Facebook: - Facebook has more than 600 million active users. Its Growth is around 158% in 2010 with 2,000 million US$ revenue.