How tech companies got their names (16 Photos)

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Check out a few other Company origins here.

And how theCHIVE was named here.

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  • Josh


    • MacNCheesePro

      PITA to get working, but once they do, they work well!

    • @swiftenhaal

      Dumps like a truck, truck, truck.

      • wdf

        Christo: "My name is Christo"
        Senior Chief: "Right, so Crisco, lets move on"

  • Mischief_Ninja

    But more importantly, how did TheChive get its name….

    • Gahma-Cohma-Lahma

      They have a post for that.

      • Emzilla

        I though everyone knew that… XD
        It's the first thing I asked the Googol about theChive.

    • black27696

      CHIcago and VEnice beach.

    • Biggus Diccus

      They really like chives on baked potatoes

    • Ouch

      Because they are less than TheOnion

    • Anonymous

      CHIcago VEnice. Where the founders are from

  • Ryan

    The Chive is half Chicago and half Venice beach?

    • Mischief_Ninja

      I remember reading that before. But cmon, Chive is on the same level as all these guys…..maybe even higher…

    • Glenn

      They're from CHIcago, and now live in VEnice Beach.

    • Dylan
      • Nylon

        COMPLETE bs

    • JOHN

      I still pronounce Chive with a hard K sound. I always thought it meant "arChive" and that's where the name came from. The "real" pronunciation sounds weird to me.

      • archivist

        Yeah, me too. Besides, I thought the site was already up and running when they left for Venice Beach?

      • 3MC

        that's what they said on the original site- "The world's largest photo arCHIVE". They're trying to pawn off that stupid story of chicago+venice. The site was up loooong before they moved. I've been here since the beginning. I use the hard K sound as well; the "real" pronunciation pays too much homage to the onion, for me.

        • JOHN

          I remember something about that when I found this site in fall 09'

  • tsu

    #12 I guess they were really lucky then, not having to call it Packard-Hewlitt.

    • Caity

      Whoever thumbed you down must have not realized your reference to the spelling error.

    • thatdude

      and they used the old logo.. Doesn't matter, anything HP is crap. trust me, i've worked there.

      • The_Stif

        I have always had way more success with HP than Dell Products. I personally build my own stuff, but at work I suggest we use HP equipment. What did you do there?

  • passwordistaco

    I liked Lougle better. Off to the hot tub!

    • aksands

      its so black! its so IMPOSSIBLY black!

  • Andrew

    #9 Mindboggling!!

    • Tim

      Mind Bottling!

      • dustin buckles

        Its when something is so crazy it traps your mind in a bottle

    • necause

      Sooooooo much creativity in #9 for sure!

    • Nargon

      I always thought it was named after Bill Gates' dick…

  • Ryan

    It’s totally CHIcago/VEnice beach … For god sakes I hope it’s not because of they’re love for onions!

    • Mischief_Ninja

      or ogres

    • _maxPain_

      How about the Berry,,let's settle for fruits and veggy's from out west ! or maybe not ,,

  • etcrr

    #5 is pretty cool story, true or not

  • Dick Salad

    Apples are annoying as fuck how could it be anyone's favorite fruit. Time to go start up my own company, Lychee.

    • choke on it

      you are a fuckin mornon

    • Huddo

      Lychees look like a bell end.

    • ChelseaRules

      How can anyone be that annoyed by apples? Ya gotta pick your battles, man.

  • chicago

    #6 is correct.
    #16 fuck Google

    • Underbaker

      Show me a better reverse image look up and I will consider doing that to Google. But Google blows TinEye out of the water.

  • MacNCheesePro

    Apple and Oracle are my favorite ones. Sony can burn in hell!

    • WTF

      arnt u a clever sausage

  • Mike

    CHIvago VEnice beach

    • MattyDeuce

      Is that related to Dr. CHIvago?

  • Dave

    Awesome post

  • Ryan

    + 1 for fuck google

    • chicago

      yep. …commerce id:

      • chicago

        scratch that, no need to become a target

  • Dan… # 15. Nice job stealing it chive.

    • Nicnac

      Oh noes…. you saw something on the internet that was somewhere else on the internet earlier. CALL FOX NEWS!!!

  • Amigo

    #2 Also I heard apple computers was only aloud to keep their name if their company wasn't used for music (because of apple records) that's why it was so long before the Beatles were available on itunes.

    • wtf


      speak engrish, fucker

    • boll

      micheal jackson owned the beatles songs so they had to wait till someone killed him to get the rights….google it

  • Dick Salad

    oh yea… an ebaums original… good laugh there

  • Brocade

    #3 would explain why their logo looks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

    • groova

      That is actually the intention, yes.

    • Daith_Lee

      Didn't notice it till you said it….

  • Truth Nazi

    Not sure about the others, but #2 is false – "According to Steve Jobs, Apple was so named because Jobs was coming back from an apple farm, and he was on a fruitarian diet. He thought the name was "fun, spirited and not intimidating"."

    • bbbbBeaver

      If I'm not mistaken, didn't the apple that fell on Isaac Newton's head have some inspiration to the name as well?

  • that_ALBANIAN_guy

    How did Aperture Laboratories get their name?

  • Roy1531

    Work with it everyday and it sux!!!!!

  • tommytwotime

    #16 so it was a mistake??? that's kind of cool

  • Underbaker

    #12 Good thing Hewlett won the toss or they would have spelled his name wrong.

  • Ted

    Which of these logos is derived from potato seeds?

  • thegoogguy

    #16 Didn't happen that way. Larry and Sergey initially spelled it incorrectly, but it didn't matter as was already owned when they finally purchased the domain. Why would anyone hate google(I just work for them so that=biased). Although the guy who wrote "+1 for fuck Google" that's pretty clever if you knew what you were doing.

    • Roxy

      And I thought Apple and Google has the most interesting stories behind their business names. Apparently, the information provided in the post was wrong. lol

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