Names —

March 21, 2007 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Adobe – came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the
house of founder John Warnock.

Apache – It got its name because its founders got started by applying
patches to code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’
server — thus, the name Apache

Apple Computers – favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three
months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his
company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5

CISCO – its not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.

Google – the name started as a jokey boast about the amount of
information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named
‘Googol’,a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After
founders,Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their
project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the
web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with
the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names
ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html”
– the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred
to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the
company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel – Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company
‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they
had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes) – Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus
Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental
Meditation (by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).

Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was
devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was
removed later on.

Motorola – Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company
started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the
time was called Victrola.

ORACLE – Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project
for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project
was called Oracle (acronym for: One Real Asshole Called Larry Ellison)

Red Hat – Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team
cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He
lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red
Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone !

SAP – “Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formed by 4
ex-IBM employees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Application s/Projects”

SUN – founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for
Stanford University Network.

Xerox – The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say
‘dry’ (as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet
copying).The Greek root ‘xer’ means dry.

Yahoo! – the word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book
‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and
action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the
name because they considered themselves yahoos


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