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By Emily Ross, Angus Holland

Risk-loving marketers. leading edge geniuses. Self-starters and mavericks. The world's maximum companies have been outfitted by means of precise humans, each one bringing their very own type and savvy to the marketplace.

100 nice companies and the Minds in the back of Them is a various and encouraging collections of significant company tales. overlaying a number of luck paths, magnificent innovations and fascinating marketers, each one profile explores the genius at the back of the best enterprise minds:

o A mother's notion that introduced child Einstein
o Aveda's trip from hippie to hip
o How Guinness overcame a centuries-old challenge to overcome new markets
o TiVo's lengthy struggle to give an explanation for the genius in their product
o How Oprah went from individual to empire
o and plenty of more

An engrossing examine what makes marketers and enterprise geniuses tick, this ebook highlights the pivotal moments within the lives of serious companies, with lasting lesson at the artwork of creating your online business a hit.

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People thought he was mad on several counts. His bagless idea was batty. His plan to take on the multinationals with his own factory was ludicrous. Marketing types who saw the machine in operation swore customers would be revolted by the 2/21/08 4:42 PM Page 43 The Long and Winding Road | 43 sight of swirling grime. And the price, close to $350—more than twice the price of a conventional model—was ridiculous. But Dyson believed people would be happy to pay for a superior product and was proved right when, after a low-key introduction that lasted two nail-biting years, he convinced major retailers to stock his baby, and in February 1995 the Dyson became the best-selling vacuum cleaner in Britain.

But the development of this practical, original product was a slow process. Even five years after Silver created his adhesive, commercialization of the Post-it Note was barely plodding along. Some 3M executives thought the Post-it Note would be competing with scrap paper and therefore people would never pay for the 3M alternative. HE 2/21/08 50 4:42 PM | Page 50 100 GREAT BUSINESSES AND THE MINDS BEHIND THEM Nonetheless, Fry kept working on his pet project, setting up a machine in his basement that could apply the sticky adhesive to rolls of paper.

Ibuka handled technology development while Morita showed a knack for marketing. In 1957, Sony claimed it had built the world’s first pocket-sized radio, the TR-63; when it turned out to be slightly larger than most pockets, Morita simply had his salesmen demonstrate it using shirts with slightly larger pockets. More importantly, this was the first Japanese transistor radio to be exported, and it met with great success. In 1958, they changed the name of the company to Sony, a made-up word they believed suggested youthfulness.

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