By Andrew Liszewski
The Onion reminds us that for every company that started in a garage but grew into a giant corporation like Apple or Hewlett-Packard, there were probably hundreds of other companies that never quite experienced the same growth and success. Like “Xalaga Technologies” started by “MIT graduates Donald Faber and Peter Haberle.”
According to Faber and Haberle, a lot has changed since Xalaga was first founded. What was once a struggling $7,500-a-year business with only a dozen or so paying customers is now a desperate $6,400-a-year business with only a half dozen or so paying customers.
Faber, who turned down a promising position with GE in order to start Xalaga, a decision he now says he regrets each and every waking day, told reporters that he knew almost immediately that his company had something not-at-all special on its hands.
“We sold only one computer that first year, then the following year it was three computers, then suddenly 10 computers, then just as suddenly five computers, then back down to three computers again, and finally only one or two machines every other year for pretty much the next decade,” said Faber, standing up from the plastic milk crate that now serves as his desk. “Had someone told us when we first started that we’d be here today, operating out of a much smaller, somehow less expensive garage, we probably would have laughed right in their face.”
So here’s to all those little guys who never quite stopped being the little guys, and in some cases became even smaller.