14 Famous Businesses That Launched With Less Than $10,000

Steve Jobs built a business that revolutionized the tech industry. It all started with an investment of $1,350. In 1975, Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak launched Apple in Jobs’s parents’ garage. 

Jobs once said in an interview: “That’s why we started Apple. We said, ‘You know, we have absolutely nothing to lose.’ I was 20 years old at the time, Woz was 24 [or] 25, so we have nothing to lose. We have no families, no children, no houses. Woz had an old car. I had a Volkswagen van, I mean, all we were going to lose [was] our cars and the shirts off our [backs].”

By 1985, Jobs’ relationship with Apple had soured. Jobs resigned from the company that year. He came back to the tech giant in 1997 when Apple bought NeXT, the company then headed by Jobs.

Before Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011, he left behind a legacy of innovation including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes. Apple is the world’s most valuable company, worth more a trillion dollars.

In 1975: $1,350 

In today’s dollars: $6,450+

Related: Steve Jobs: An Extraordinary Career


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