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how companie name were founded.

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  1. n2bra

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    Nike: Named for the greek goddess of
    victory. The swoosh symbolises her
    flight. Skype: The original concept was â
    €˜Sky-Peer-to-Peer’, which
    morphed into Skyper, then Skype. Mercedes: This was actually financier's
    daughter's name. Adidas: The company name was taken
    from its founder Adolf (ADI) Dassler
    whose first name was shortened to the
    nickname Adi. T
    ogether with first three letters of his
    surname it formed ADIDAS. Adobe: This came from the name of the
    river Adobe Creek that ran behind the
    house of founder John Warnock. Apple Computers: It was the favourite
    fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three
    months late for filing a name for the
    business, and he threatened to call his
    company Apple Computers if the other
    colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock. CISCO: It is not an acronym as popularly
    believed. It's short for San Francisco. Compaq: This name was formed by
    using COMP, for computer and PAQ to
    denote a small integral object. Corel: The name was derived from the
    founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It
    stands for COwpland Research
    Laboratory. Google: The name started as a joke
    boasting about the amount of
    information the search-engine would be
    able to search. It was originally named
    'Googol', a word for the number
    represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate
    students Sergey Brin and Larry Page
    presented their project to an angel
    investor; they received a cheque made
    out to 'Google'. So, instead of returning
    the cheque for correction, they decided to change the name to Google. Hotmail: Founder Jack Smith got the idea
    of accessing e-mail via the web from a
    computer anywhere in the world. When
    Sabeer Bhatia came up with the
    business plan for the mail service, he
    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. It was initially referred to as
    HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing. Hewlett Packard: Bill Hewlett and Dave
    Packard tossed a coin to decide
    whether the company they founded
    would be called Hewlett-Packard or
    Packard-Hewlett. Intel: Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore
    wanted to name their new company
    'Moore Noyce' but that was already
    trademarked by a hotel chain so they
    had to settle for an acronym of
    INTegrated ELectronics. Lotus (Notes): Mitch Kapor got the name
    for his company from 'The Lotus
    Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapor used to
    be a teacher of transcendental
    Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Microsoft: Coined by Bill Gates to
    represent the company that was
    devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware.
    Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-'
    was removed later on. 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. Sony: It originated from the Latin word
    'sonus' meaning sound and 'sonny' as
    lang used by Americans to refer to a
    bright youngster. SUN: Founded by 4 Stanford University
    buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford
    University Network. Andreas
    Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer;
    Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott
    McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a
    UNIX-based OS for the computer. 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 Jakarta
    (project from Apache): A project constituted by SUN and Apache to create
    a web server handling servlets and
    JSPs. Jakarta was name of the
    conference room at SUN where most of
    the meetings between SUN and Apache
    took place. Tomcat: The servlet part of the Jakarta
    project. Tomcat was the code name for
    the JSDK 2.1 project inside SUN. C: Dennis Ritchie improved on the B
    programming language and called it
    'New B'. He later called it C. Earlier B was
    created by Ken Thompson as a revision
    of the Bon programming language
    (named after his wife Bonnie). C++: Bjarne Stroustrup called his new
    language 'C with Classes' and then
    'newC'. Because of which the original C
    began to be called 'old C' which was
    considered insulting to the C community.
    At this time Rick Mascitti suggested the name C++ as a successor to C. GNU: A species of African antelope.
    Founder of the GNU project Richard
    Stallman liked the name because of the
    humour associated with its
    pronunciation and was also influenced
    by the children's song 'The Gnu Song' which is a song sung by a gnu. Also it
    fitted into the recursive acronym culture
    with 'GNU's Not Unix'. Java: Originally called Oak by creator
    James Gosling, from the tree that stood
    outside his window, the programming
    team had to look for a substitute as
    there was no other language with the
    same name. Java was selected from a list of suggestions. It came from the
    name of the coffee that the
    programmers drank. LG: Combination of two popular Korean
    brands Lucky and Goldstar.
    Linux: Linus Torvalds originally used the
    Minix OS on his system which here
    placed by his OS. Hence the working
    name was Linux (Linus' Minix). He thought the name to be too egotistical
    and planned to name it Freax (free
    +freak+x). His friend Ari Lemmke
    encouraged Linus to upload it to a
    network so it could be easily
    downloaded. Ari gave Linus a directory called 'Linux' on his FTP server, as he did
    not like the name Freax. (Linus parents
    named him after two-time Nobel Prize
    winner Linus Pauling). Mozilla: When Marc Andreessen,
    founder of Netscape, created a browser
    to replace Mosaic (also developed by
    him), it was named Mozilla (Mosaic-
    Killer, Godzilla). The marketing guys
    didn't like the name however and it was re-christened Netscape Navigator. Red Hat: Company founder 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! SAP: "Systems, Applications, Products in
    Data Processing", formed by 4 ex-IBM
    employees who used to work in the
    'Systems/Applications/Projects' group
    of IBM. UNIX: When Bell Labs pulled out of
    MULTICS (MULTiplexed Information and
    Computing System), which was
    originally a joint Bell/GE/MIT project,
    Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell
    Labs wrote a simpler version of the OS. They needed the OS to run the game
    'Space War' which was compiled under
    MULTICS. It was called UNICS - UNIplexed
    operating and Computing System by
    Brian Kernighan. It was later shortened
    to UNIX. SCO (UNIX): From Santa Cruz Operation.
    The company's office was in Santa Cruz. Xerox: The inventor, Chestor Carlson,
    named his product trying to say 'dry' (as
    it was dry copying, markedly different
    from the then prevailing wet copying).
    The Greek root 'xer' means dry. Yahoo: The word was invented by
    Jonathan Swift and used in his 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
    considered themselves yahoos. 3M: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
    Company started off by mining the
    material corundum used to make
    sandpaper. It was changed to 3M when
    the company changed its focus to
    Innovative Products.
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