Leaders, You Need to Dream Big: Google, Facebook, Apple All started Out as SMEs [Infographic]

Leaders, You Need to Dream Big: Google, Facebook, Apple All started Out as SMEs [Infographic]

Q: What did Google, Facebook, Virgin, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla have in common?

A: They all started small and had a vision of being something big. 

Even the biggest multi-billion dollar conglomerate started off as an SMB (Small  Business).  After studying some of the most dominant brands, it's clear there was one common denominator that they share when growing their business - having good leadership and a clear vision. 

Want to know how you can grow your small business? Below is an infographic on how global brands such as Apple, Google, and Facebook did it.

Apple started in a garage and over the years has brought about the most monumental changes in mobile music consumption (the iPod), mobile phones and smartphones (the iPhone) and mobile computing and content consumption (the iPad). These innovative devices and impeccable designs, all started with Steve Job's vision of allowing the individual and aesthetics to be front and centre, not the mainframe computer.

Google (one of my favourite companies) has revolutionised how we search for information online. They are the reason I have a job as an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) professional. For those who do not know about SEO, please read my other blog post "My 5 Secret Tips for SEO Success for Small Businesses ". Google started small but have grown to over 90% search share in Australia.

Facebook is another startup success story. They have completely redefined how we connect with friends and brands and this success is attributed to their persistence in growing during pivotal points rather than selling it off. Mark Zuckerberg has a clear vision, but Facebook too was once a small business.

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For some additional inspiration, join me on a trip down memory lane and see how these companies started out small and then grew by viewing the full infographic on the Salesforce blog.

Mark Vozzo

Online Marketing Manager at Salesforce.com

I'm passionate about Digital Marketing and have been in the Online space my entire career. I started off as a Web Master/Designer at a Software company called Citect (SCADA Software), then moved on to Fairfax Digital to head up Search Marketing for the news and media sites (smh.com.au, theage.com.au etc.). Spent over 2 years at Microsoft Australia looking after Web Analytics (using Webtrends and Omniture), before joining Salesforce.com. I head up the APAC Inbound Marketing team.

Comments (1)
Phil Khor

Phil Khor, Founder at

One of my motto is "Always dream big, but start small". An important and constant balancing act we have as small business owners is the ability to be both strategic and tactical at the same time. One key decision factor in our team is always ask, "Will this add significant value to our users?" It's the best way to help us to not be distracted but stay on course to realise our vision. Thanks for sharing Mark.