Famous Companies that Used to be Called Something Very Different !!


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

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, the Japanese electronic producer, was originally founded as Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation in 1935, and was known by this name for decades.


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.

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.

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.

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’.

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