Saturday, March 24, 2012

How Big names started?

When the founders of the German sports shoe business 'Dassler
Brothers' went their separate ways in 1949, no one would have guessed
that they would start two of the biggest global brands of the century.
Rudolph founded Puma, while Adolph started Adidas -- a combination of
his nickname, Adi, and the start of his last name. The famous three
stripes were introduced to the shoes in 1949.
Bata was established on August 24, 1894 in Zlin , Czechoslovakia by
Tomas Bata. The company first established itself in India in 1931 and
commenced manufacturing shoes in Batanagar in 1936.
The Batanagar factory is the first Indian shoe manufacturing unit to
receive the ISO 9001 certification in 1993.
In 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche Engineering Office in
Stuttgart. Porsche's production operations are housed in a collection
of established buildings on a mixed industrial estate in
The Carrera GT and the Cayenne models are produced at the Porsche
factory in Leipzig . In 1944, the engineering arm was moved from
Bill Bowerman, the legendary University of Oregon track & field coach,
and Phil Knight, a University of Oregon business student and
middle-distance runner under Bowerman, founded Nike. Nike, when it
came into being in 1962, was known as Blue Ribbon Sports. Its
first-year sales totaled $8,000. In 1972, BRS changed its name to
Nike, named for the Greek winged goddess of victory.
In the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known
running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making
shoes by hand for top runners; and before long his fledgling company,
J.W. Foster and Sons, developed an international clientele of
distinguished athletes. The family-owned business made the running
shoes worn in the 1924 Summer Games by the athletes celebrated in the
film Chariots of Fire. In 1958, two of the founder's grandsons started
a companion company that came to be known as Reebok, named after an
African gazelle.

Sun Microsystems
The correct answer is Stanford University Network.
In 1981, Bavarian-born Andreas Bechtolsheim was licensing rights to a
computer he designed. Named Sun for Stanford University Network and
using off-the-shelf parts, it was an affordable workstation for
engineers and scientists. In that year, he met Vinod Khosla, who
convinced him to form a company and expand. Khosla, Bechtolsheim and
Scott McNeally, all Stanford MBAs, founded Sun in 1982.
Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in Gloucester , England in 1884 and
was so named because of his tendency to nip at visitors' legs. When
his first master Mark Barraud died in Bristol in 1887, Nipper was
taken to Liverpool in Lancashire , England by Mark's younger brother
Francis, a painter. In Liverpool Nipper discovered the Phonograph, a
cylinder recording and playing machine and Francis Barraud 'often
noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from.'
Three years after Nipper died Francis committed that memory to canvas.
General Motors Corp the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs
about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global
automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing
operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries.
In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent
of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters are at the GM
Renaissance Center in Detroit . The GM Group of global partners
includes Fiat Auto SpA of Italy, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Isuzu
Motors Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan , which are involved in
various product, powertrain and purchasing collaborations. In
addition, GM is the largest shareholder in GM Daewoo Auto & Technology
Co. of South Korea. GM also has technology collaborations with BMW AG
of Germany .
TCS was founded in 1968 as an internal arm of the Tata conglomerate.
The company -- which has locations in 32 countries -- employed some
30,000 workers at the end of 2003. Fakir Chand Kohli, former deputy
chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, is universally regarded as the
father of the Indian software industry. He has been instrumental in
scripting the success story of company. Kohli has been awarded the
Padma Bhushan, one of India 's highest civilian honours, for his
contribution to the Indian software industry. Kohli currently serves
on the TCS' executive committee.

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc has been known for generations as the maker of the best
writing instruments the world has known. The German company, over the
last couple of years, has expanded its range to include writing
accessories, luxury leather goods and belts, jewellery items and even
eye wear and watches.
In India , the company is represented by Entrack, owned by former Test
cricketer Dilip Doshi. Entrack is the sole distributor of Mont Blanc
pens and has exclusive outlets in top five cities in India .
The correct answer is Simplo FillerPen Company.
The company was originally called Simplo FillerPen Company. The
company expanded its presence to Paris , London , and Barcelona three
years after it was founded and was present in most of the fashionable
capitals of Europe .
In 1934, the company's name was changed to Mont Blanc Simplo GmbH,
after the tallest peak in Europe .
Three Germans founded the company in 1906 -- Hamburg-based stationer
Claus-Johannes Voss, Hamburg banker Christian Lausen and a Berlin
engineer Wilhelm Dziambor. The company's international headquarter is
in Hamburg .
The story of Duracell begins in the early 1920's with an inventive
scientist named Samuel Ruben and an eager manufacturer of tungsten
filament wire named Philip Rogers Mallory. Duracell is the world's
leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance alkaline
batteries. Duracell also markets primary lithium and zinc air
batteries as well as rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries.

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