Google, formerly BackRub
The world’s most popular search engine, Google, was originally called BackRub in 1996, when its founders Larry Page and Sergy Bin collaborated at Stanford.
Pepsi-Cola, formerly Brad’s Drink
Before one of the world’s most popular soft drinks became famous, Pepsi-Cola was briefly named as Brad’s Drink – a name inspired by the surname of its creator
Blackberry, formerly Research in Motion
Canadian smartphone and tablet brand Blackberry was originally launched in 1984 as Research in Motion, when it was founded by Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin.
Panasonic, formerly Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation
Panasonic, the Japanese electronic producer, was originally founded as Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation in 1935, and was known by this name for decades.
Nike, formerly Blue Ribbon Sports
Before it became Nike, the world’s most famous sporty tick was known as Blue Ribbon sports, acting as a distributor for Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger.
Subway, formerly Pete’s Super Submarines
It’s hard to believe everyone’s favorite sandwich joint was named anything else. But in 1965, Subway was originally opened as Pete’s Super Submarines following a conversation between founder Fred DeLuca and his family friend Dr Peter Buck.
Nissan, formerly Datsun
Up until 1981, trucks made by Japanese automaker Nissan in the US were advertised under the Nissan brand, but small cars were branded as Datsun.
Yahoo, formerly Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web
Stanford students Jerry Yang and David Filo initially co-founded Yahoo as Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web in 1994, but soon renamed it Yahoo, an acronym of ‘Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle’.