Businesses founded in a downturn

You hear a lot of chat about recessions being a great time to start companies.  Here is a list of some that were, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson.

  1. 1870 – Standard Oil (Exxon, Chevron)
  2. 1873 – GE
  3. 1923 – Disney
  4. 1928 – Motorola
  5. 1939 – HP
  6. 1940 – McDonalds
  7. 1975 – Microsoft
  8. 1976 – Apple
  9. 1977 – Oracle
  10. 1980 – CNN
  11. 1981 – MTV
  12. 1984 – Dell
  13. 1984 – Cisco
  14. 2000 – Baidu
  15. 2001 – Wikipedia
  16. 2002 – Skype

There are a couple of good ones there 🙂