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These 5 tech companies started in garages, and now they're worth billions. These are their modest beginnings.

Mary Meisenzahl   

These 5 tech companies started in garages, and now they're worth billions. These are their modest beginnings.
The Palo Alto garage where Hewlett Packard was founded

Some of the most legendary companies in Silicon Valley famously started in garages. A few scrappy guys with a genius idea working out of a garage has become essential to the stories fans tell about these companies, and even the stories the companies tell about themselves.

The Garage Beginning has become an essential, almost cliché, part of a tech company's story. Fast Company called the startup garage "more than just a part of Silicon Valley's folklore; it has transformed into an image, an exportable idea ... the architectural symbol that would attract the right venture capital,"

Many of these structures don't exist as they did when companies were formed in them, but their renovated models are still historical sites in the eyes of fans, and even of some municipalities.

Here are the garages where some of the biggest tech companies started.

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