Zappos was originally named ShoeSite.com when it was founded in 1999. This posed a bit of a problem when it wanted to start selling more than just shoes. While still quite fond of shoes, the team didn’t abandon the theme entirely. They decided on a variation of the word “shoes” in Spanish. Thus “zapatos” was converted to Zappos for the company name.
Apple has no official story, which means that you can take your pick of the following rumors:
- Steve Jobs used to work at a California or Oregon apple farm during the summer. He grew to really appreciate apples.
- Steve Jobs really liked the Beatles.
- Steve Jobs was three months late filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if his colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 p.m.
- Steve Jobs wanted to distance the company from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time.
You probably have your own theories, so let us know in the comments below.