Richard Branson
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By Colleen Kane
February 5, 2015

It’s common knowledge that Apple (AAPL) was started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the Jobs family garage.

Other garage-founded titans include Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOGL), Mattel (MAT), Hewlett Packard (HPQ), and Microsoft (MSFT) — which Bill Gates and Paul Allen also developed at the sketchy Sundowner Motel in New Mexico.

Similarly, Facebook’s (FB) origins in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room at Harvard were already pretty well known, then became even more known after the release of the film The Social Network. Another tech company famously starting in a dorm was Dell, founded in Michael Dell’s room at the University of Texas.

But many other companies have started in the unlikeliest of places, from a closet to a crypt. Here’s a look at some sites where a big business was once small — and what’s happening at those spots now.


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