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  • Een Rockstar

    As I start my biz from zero(everything was zero) so my 1st place is in my bedroom..

  • Lillea Woodlyns

    This is a fun read!

    I started my online business in a tiny (maybe 350 sq foot) 3-room suite beside the laundry area for the building. Noisy! lol

    I don’t have the numbers that these guys do yet, but give me a bit more time and who knows 🙂

  • kayt romeo

    Thats interesting. nice post.

  • Scott

    Ebay looks kinda like it had a bit of backing from the start, just going by the decor and what not, still, I guess none of it really matters once the business gets as popular as some of them have.

  • Thanks Michael,

    That was an awesome post!

    It really puts things into perspective seeing where some of these amazing companies were founded. If someone has vision it doesn’t matter how small they start out.

    Many reading this will realize that their office doesn’t look much different than the ones in your post and it will inspire them to do great things!

    • Michael

      Hey Robert,

      Exactly, most people start just like all these big sites, from a computer in a bedroom, garage or even dorm room. Its the fact that we take action. Just do it people!


  • Brittany

    Cool, that’s inspiring

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  • I love reading stories like this! Right now I’m in my lounge with a laptop on my lap (no space for a study!). hope to have a story like this in the future 🙂 (dreaming big!)

  • peter mcgrath

    hi michael

    say a great post but how did you manage to get all the
    pictures of the various founders bedrooms kitchens it goes to show if we are creative thers hope for us all


  • I am going have to get me one of those “bedroom” dealys they seem to bring a lot of inspiration to a business.

  • Cynthia

    I hope to be on this list one day! Started from my living room home office. Great Post, just the inspiration I need to keep going!

  • jeff

    It seems as though the worst websites are built in the nicest homes.

  • Muzi Mohale

    Ah, welcome back mate, I missed your daily dose of motivation. That’s the beauty with internet business, it’s flexible to start with a pc you’re on the go, no fancy office park address with unnecessary monthly bills, while you still try to find your feet.

    • Michael

      Hey Muzi,

      Thanks very much, hopefully will start providing daily inspiration again….

      You can start from anywhere, a laptop in starbucks if needs be!


  • Mine started in my living area but can’t make a great story yet and don’t have a pic to show.
    So it’s true – just do it (don’t give too many excuses to start s’thing)

  • Patrenia

    Thanks Michael…this is truly inspirational. I am currently working on lauching my product and I hope to have a story as successful as the one’s you have presented to us.

  • Raja

    Once again you have done a great Job.

    This post was really awesome and inspirational.

    Today i have lot of facilities, still cant able to step up.

    So i have to work harder.

    Thanks Pal.

  • Ben

    cool & inspiring post. Thanks.

  • Harry Lewis

    I love to hear these success stories. they are very inspiring. All of these people had one thing in common. A knowledge of programming & ‘Computerese’. Unfortunately, although I have the desire, I do not have the ability to set up web sites, do programming, etc. If anyone is interested, I have the desire, the time, but not the technical ability. I would love to start off by delving into Affiliate Marketing. I believe there is an enormous potential for making money there. I am great at follow-up and running things once set up. Anyone interested in going for a ‘ride’ with me, with the knowledge I lack? I can be reached at: Thanks for reading. Harry

  • Alexi

    This is great inspiration for me, thank you.

    I just started my website a couple of weeks ago out of my bedroom.

    Hopefully I can soon replace the desktop with a laptop and advance to the living room. =D

  • David Stillwagon

    Great post, I guess it shows that you can start an online business anywhere.

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  • Celes | The Personal Excellence Blog

    Hey Michael, great reminder that every business starts from somewhere 🙂 Thanks for putting this together!

  • Sam

    Gotta love this post.

    The Digg photo looks all too familiar !

    Best one gotta be the YouTube photo though, looks like the guys set up the site on someone else’s time…

    Take a bow all of you gents. Take a bow.

  • Lily

    It’s great to see that your 1st “office” does not have to be the perfect office. I will keep pushing forward. Thanks!

  • Sharon/The Baby Boomer Queen

    I started my business when I wasn’t able to work regular hours any more (I have Lupus) and I was forced to close my antique clothing and milliner shop.

    Now, I work from my home and my computer is right next to my bed. I wish I had a computer in every room of the house.

    Great post…one that should give everyone incentive and inspiration. I am glad that a friend sent this to me. I can’t wait to post it on my blog.

    Southern smiles and world peace,
    ~The Baby Boomer Queen~

  • WOW! Very inspirational! I love the fact that these guys and gals started these big companies from their bedroom or from their garage. Pretty amazing. That shows fact that if they can do, you can also 🙂

  • Chef Tony

    Great post, but remember too, we don’t all have to be striving to be ebay…niche marketing does very well too…keep it up everyone!!

  • Great post – really gives you inspiration.

    I have started many a business from such places but am still waiting to code the next Facebook 🙂

  • baloot

    mostly, successful IM are born from their bedroom. 🙂

  • Erik

    I started my start-up in my bedroom too.

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  • Greg Ellison

    That is awesome that they created something huge in their homes or garages. Most of the creation were with friends so that is cool. We have the power create anything we want we just need to do it. Greg Ellison

  • nicotec

    what does it say that some of the great tech entrepreneurs have no taste for interior design..?

  • Very inspirational post …it doesn’t matter where you start – just start.

    Jason R. Ayers

  • Raul Pellerano

    My partners and I started our start up – – with two of us in our dorm rooms and one working from home (after a full day at work). We’re now all living together and are working out of our apartment. We’ll hopefully make Michael’s list. Thank you for the post, I posted it on our Facebook fan page and twitter blog along with my personal facebook page.

  • franjh

    You just never know where you might end up, when you work hard on an idea! Facinating story’s and inspiring for everybody to never give up.

  • Salvador Stabler

    Great point my friend. It doesn’t matter where you get started as long as you get going.

    So many people are afraid of failure and at the same time don’t know how to focus.

    thanks mike

  • Toko Kaos Online

    great post.. just start and move to the top.. they are amazing..

  • Hi Michael, Glad to hear your back from your trip would love to hear about that too. This was a great post of yours, I started in my living room and then the phone rang telling me I had been picked to buy my blog…actually I was sitting in my chair . So now I know just from the pictures and stories behind the pics. that I’m on my way to greatness. I think any and all of us can achieve greatness all it takes is perseverance and dedication doing something that we love, there in lies the trick… loving what one does. Thanks again Michael for a great post. JJ p.s. sending u an email re: Twitter.

  • Good to see this ….

  • Luis Lopez

    This article is awesome, that gives me courage to keep working on my design company, even if I work from home in a little studio, maybe one day I’ll get a good office like those guys.

  • Well, very nice post, interesting!

    I started my first business in classroom.

    Thank so much for your nice post.


  • Ayush

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful inspirational story.

  • Khristal

    Very Inspirational! Keep the great post coming : )

  • Martin

    Hey Michael!
    Very inspirational and interesting post.

    Thank you!

  • fred mwabamba

    hey mike! the article is very inspiring, i luv it

  • tworzenie zaplecza

    I can mention This was also started in garage. Unfortunatelly it was also maintained in garage. Finally it also ended in garage (admin didn’t make backup, mirror or smth like this)

  • Lucas Tadeu

    Really nice article.It’s nice to know that most of these giants of the today internet started just like us,. Thanks for posting, really liked it.

  • Gary A. Parenti

    Hey Michael,

    Welcome home.I wondered why I hadn`t received
    any mail from you lately.As always another great post
    from one of the best..

    I also started in my home , and I am still in my home..
    Of course I just started 2 months ago..So I guess I will be doing this right here for some time to come…

    Looking forward to your next post…
    One of your followers,
    G.A.P. / Pyradom

  • Nice historical ideas