How Some Popular
Tech Companies
Got Their Names
Skype -
The original concept was Sky-Peer-to-
Peer™, which was later changed into
Skyper... then Skype.
Helping Digital Ag...
Adobe:
Contrary to popular belief, this was not
named after the rock, adobe. Rather, it’
s the name of the river Adobe Cre...
CISCO:
It’s commonly believed that it’s an
acronym, but it's really a short form
for San Francisco.
Helping Digital Agenci...
Compaq:
The name came to be by using COMP
which stands for computer, and PAQ
to denote a small integral object.
Helping Di...
Corel:
The name was coined from the
founder's name, Dr. Michael
Cowpland. It stands for Cowpland
Research Laboratory.
Help...
Google:
It was originally named 'Googol', a word
for the number represented by 1 followed
by 100 zeros. But after founders...
Hewlett Packard:
Founders Bill Hewlett and Dave
Packard agreed to toss a coin to decide
whether the company they founded
w...
Microsoft:
Bill Gates named the company to
represent it was devoted to
MICROcomputer SOFTware. It was
originally christene...
Intel:
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore originally
wanted to name their company 'Moore
Noyce' but a hotel chain already
trademar...
Motorola:
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this
name when his company started
manufacturing radios for cars. The
popular r...
Apple Computers:
Steve Jobs was 3 months late for filing a
name for the business, and he decided to
call his company Apple...
Yahoo:
The word from Jonathan Swift’s book
Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a
person who is repulsive in appearance
and a...
Xerox:
The Greek root word “xer” means dry.
Inventor Chester Carlson named his
product Xerox as it does dry copying,
marke...
SUN Microsystems:
This was founded by 4 Stanford
University buddies. SUN stands for
Stanford University Network.
Helping D...
Oracle:
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats worked on a
consulting project for the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA). The project
w...
Hotmail:
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of
accessing email from a computer
anywhere in the world. Sabeer Bhatia
tried all...
Lotus (Notes):
Mitch Kapor, who used to be a teacher
of transcendental Meditation of
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, got the name
f...
SAP:
SAP stands for "Systems, Applications,
Products in Data Processing". This was
founded by 4 ex-IBM employees who
used ...
Red Hat:
Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse
team cap (with red and white stripes)
while at college by his grandfath...
Apache:
It got its name because its founders
got started by applying patches to
code written for NCSA’s httpd
daemon. The ...
Amazon:
Jeff Bezos wanted a name for his
company that starts with letter “A”, when
he searched the dictionary, the name
“A...
Asus:
Company founder Jonney Shih,
said the name is taken from the
final letters of "Pegasus," the
magical creature born o...
Go Daddy:
The company was initially called Jomax
Technologies. Until they decided to
change it to Big Daddy, presumably
in...
Zynga:
Founder mark Pincus named his
company after his pet, an American
Bulldog.
Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get...
Dell:
The company was named after its
founder, Michael Dell.
Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring...
Acer:
The company was initially called
Multitech International in 1976. It
was changed to Acer in 1987 which is
a Latin wo...
For information on how I can help your
digital agency
or startup
get to £1M in recurring revenues,
click here:
http://www....
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  1. 1. How Some Popular Tech Companies Got Their Names
  2. 2. Skype - The original concept was Sky-Peer-to- Peer™, which was later changed into Skyper... then Skype. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  3. 3. Adobe: Contrary to popular belief, this was not named after the rock, adobe. Rather, it’ s the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  4. 4. CISCO: It’s commonly believed that it’s an acronym, but it's really a short form for San Francisco. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  5. 5. Compaq: The name came to be by using COMP which stands for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  6. 6. Corel: The name was coined from the founder's name, Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for Cowpland Research Laboratory. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  7. 7. Google: It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. But after founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google'. Instead of returning the cheque, they decided to change the company name to Google. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  8. 8. Hewlett Packard: Founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard agreed to toss a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. Obviously, Bill Hewlett won. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  9. 9. Microsoft: Bill Gates named the company to represent it was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. It was originally christened Micro-Soft where the '-' was removed later on. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  10. 10. Intel: Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore originally wanted to name their company 'Moore Noyce' but a hotel chain already trademarked it, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  11. 11. Motorola: Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  12. 12. Apple Computers: Steve Jobs was 3 months late for filing a name for the business, and he decided to call his company Apple Computers if his other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock. Apple, incidentally, is said to be Job’s fave fruit. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  13. 13. Yahoo: The word from Jonathan Swift’s book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action, and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they believe they are yahoos. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  14. 14. Xerox: The Greek root word “xer” means dry. Inventor Chester Carlson named his product Xerox as it does dry copying, markedly different from the then more popular wet copying. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  15. 15. SUN Microsystems: This was founded by 4 Stanford University buddies. SUN stands for Stanford University Network. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  16. 16. Oracle: Larry Ellison and Bob Oats worked on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The project was code-named Oracle. (The CIA intended this as the system to give answers to all questions, or something like that). Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  17. 17. Hotmail: Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email from a computer anywhere in the world. Sabeer Bhatia 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. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  18. 18. Lotus (Notes): Mitch Kapor, who used to be a teacher of transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  19. 19. SAP: SAP stands for "Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing". This was founded by 4 ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  20. 20. Red Hat: Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone! Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  21. 21. Apache: It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’ server; thus, the name Apache. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  22. 22. Amazon: Jeff Bezos wanted a name for his company that starts with letter “A”, when he searched the dictionary, the name “Amazon” caught his attention as it’s the biggest river in the world, something he’d want his company to be. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  23. 23. Asus: Company founder Jonney Shih, said the name is taken from the final letters of "Pegasus," the magical creature born out of the blood of Medusa. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  24. 24. Go Daddy: The company was initially called Jomax Technologies. Until they decided to change it to Big Daddy, presumably initially as a joke, upon realizing that the name was already taken, they decided to go for Go Daddy. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  25. 25. Zynga: Founder mark Pincus named his company after his pet, an American Bulldog. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  26. 26. Dell: The company was named after its founder, Michael Dell. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  27. 27. Acer: The company was initially called Multitech International in 1976. It was changed to Acer in 1987 which is a Latin word for “sharp, acute, able and facile”. Helping Digital Agencies and Startups get to £1M in recurring revenues - http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com/
  28. 28. For information on how I can help your digital agency or startup get to £1M in recurring revenues, click here: http://www.smartdigitalbusiness.com References: Hongkiat , Bored Panda , PC World & The Atlantic

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