I was just in Seattle, Washington. I really had no idea what the place was like. I just knew that it was in the pacific northwest, below Vancouver, Canada. I also knew that it was “supposed to be a great place to live,” it rained a lot and it had great restaurants.
But, what I didn’t know was, Starbucks, Boeing, Nordstrom’s, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon and REI were all founded there!
I peeked into the first original Starbucks located at Pike Place Market. I was unable to get in due to a tremendous line.
I saw where Boeing was located but didn’t have time to go to the aviation museum on their facility.
I did go into the first original Nordstrom’s and was truly excited. Nordstrom’s is one of my favorite stores due to their excellent customer service. I had so much fun looking at shoes, hats and accessories.
Microsoft, Adobe and Amazon were not visited but I did visit the town in which they were located!
Lastly, REI was a magnificent store. It had everything from a mountain bike path, where you can test out various mountain bikes, to an indoor hiking trail to test out hiking shoes. They had a climbing wall and even had a place to eat. I could have spent all day there. I never saw so much gear in my life. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modell’s and Sports Authority don’t compare!
When I left Seattle this past week, I realized that if you want to start a company that will go global, start it in Seattle. It has a great track record!