Gallery: A look at the original headquarters of your favorite tech brands

Everyone begins as a startup

No money, second-rate equipment, not enough employees ... those are just some of the trials that a tech startup has to go through to make it in Silicon Valley. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and a healthy dose of luck to end up moving out of someone else's house and into a real headquarters.

Sometimes you even move backwards--at least Silicon Valley's Pied Piper did, returning from its own office back to the incubator that slightly undercooked it.

That road isn't unique, especially when you see where some of the giants of tech started off.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.