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Five great Companies that started in garages in San Francisco

Without a reliable garage door, the world would be a very different place.


The Billion dollar company started in small garage on Santa Margarita Avenue, Menlo Park. 

Susan Wojcicki, now Senior VP at Google was missing her mortgage payment so she rented out the garage to Larry Page and Sergey Brin. 

From behind their garage door, during 1998’s winter they founded the Google search engine. The rest as you know is history. Google now owns the house and garage but doesn’t do much with it. 

You can easily find it with Google maps off course.

HP – Hewlett-Packard

Located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, the now turned into museum, garage was the place where William Hewlett and David Packard founded HP in 1939. 

This garage is actually known as the birthplace of the famous Silicon Valley. The California Historical Landmark, although not open for tours can be still viewed from the sidewalk.

Now there’s an HP product in every home in America.


If you live in California, then O’neill needs no introduction. The world’s famous swimsuit maker started by Jack O’neill in 1952 in a garage on the great highway in San Francisco.

Jack opened one of California’s first surf shops in a small garage close to his favorite surfing point. 

Now located at Santa Cruz the brand is now ran by his family. He died in 2017 at the age of 94.


It’s hard to imagine the world without Apple. I guess in some other parallel universe people actually are talking to each other. 

Steve Wozniac later admitted that they didn’t use the garage and Wozniac built the first Apple computer in 1976 in his home. 

It was the Jobs, the marketing guniess that used his home garage as a place to market the computers from. 

Located in 2066 Crist Dr. in Silicon Valley the garage and house is now an historical landmark.


Not many know that but the now world leader in electric cars company started in a garage. In 2003 Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning,

Founded the Tesla Motor company. It was later joined by Elon Mask in an early series A funding. 

The name Tesla is a tribute to the engineer Nikola Tesla, known for his contribution to the AC electrical system.

Integrity Garage Doors

Lastly, Integrity garage doors and gates. We humbly started in 2000 in a small garage in Castro Valley. 

The company founded by a group of professionals, is now a leading garage door supplier in the Bay area in San Francisco. 

Our teams are spread all across San Francisco and give service to places like Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley and more.

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