Need a little inspiration these days to keep you working hard?

Think you can’t be successful during a down economy? These businesses made it big by doing just that.

Businesses that started in a recession:

Hyatt opened its first hotel’s doors at the Los Angeles International Airport during the Eisenhower recession, 1957 to 1958.

Burger King the company began in 1954. During the recession of 1957, the company introduced its successful signature burger — the Whopper.

Microsoft began operations in 1975 amidst the oil crisis that rocked the country into a steep economic slump.

Sports Illustrated magazine was launched on August 16, 1954, at the end of a recession

MTV Networks brought something new to the music scene when it debuted in the economic slump of 1981

The iPod was rolled out just after 9/11 on October 23, 2001 in the midst of economic uncertainty and downturn.

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Want a brand new one?

Groupon a “social commerce” company that offers daily discounts online for everything from manicures to meals, has been a big hit among bargain-hungry customers.

Groupon, which was introduced in November 2008, is currently available in 26 cities, including Seattle, New York and Washington.

So far, more than one million coupons have been sold to the 1.5 million people signed up for one of Groupon’s city-specific newsletters. And the company just announced that it had raised another $135 million in venture financing.