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  • toys r us 1970

    Hall of Fame: Toys “R” Us

    This business was inspired by an old supermarket and unbreakable baby beds. Learn what led a World War II veteran to create the Toys ‘R’ Us empire.

  • nike

    Nike

    You can thank a waffle iron for modern running shoes. Learn how a pancake breakfast inspired the Nike sole that revolutionized athletic shoes.

  • Salade-C-sar_2

    Caesar Salad

    Caesar Salad – the name suggests European Cuisine, right? Wrong. Learn how a desperate restaurant owner in Mexico invented the famous Caesar Salad.

  • welch_grapejuicegroup

    Welch’s Grape Juice

    You call it fruit juice. He called it non-alcoholic sacramental wine. And he invented it to keep his congregation sober during communion. Discover the original purpose behind Welch’s Grape Juice.

  • Le Labo Fragrances

    Le Labo

    Just-time-inventory and a no-fuss packaging approach gave Fabrice Penot a unique competitive advantage in the world of perfume.


Radio Stories

Edible-Arrangements

Edible Arrangements

Florist Tariq Farid thought it would be original to blend two gift concepts: fruit boxes and flower bouquets.

bootights

Bootights

An airport security line inspired this woman’s success story. Hear how she combined fashion – and function – into a million dollar product — Boot Tights.

The Incorruptible Cashier

NCR Cash Registers

To prevent his bartenders from pilfering his cash box, saloon keeper James Ritty invented the world’s first “cash register.” His inspiration came from a sea cruise to Europe as he watched a device record the ship’s daily propeller speeds for the captain.

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Toastmaster

We’ve all gotten fed up with something a cafeteria did. But few of us did anything about it. This man did. He invented the pop up toaster.

Weightwatchers

Weightwatchers

She pioneered the concept of group support. And changed the lives of millions. Learn how an overweight housewife launched the phenomenon called Weightwatchers.

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Good Fortunes

Only one item in Karen Belasco Straitman’s mail order catalog business generated huge demand – giant fortune cookies with personalized messages. She dropped the catalog and began specializing in cookies.

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Fetch! Pet Care

When software company owner Paul Mann looked for doggie care at home, he didn’t have much luck finding dependable, qualified dog-sitting service. He made a business plan, bought a bunch of leashes, and launched Fetch! Pet Care.

Pandora Internet Radio

Pandora Internet Radio

Tim Westergren used his computer skills and a love of music to create software that scientifically maps a song’s musical qualities.

Blog

toys r us 1970

Hall of Fame: Toys “R” Us

Jul 22, 2014

This business was inspired by an old supermarket and unbreakable baby beds. Learn what led a World War II veteran to create the Toys ‘R’ Us empire.

nike

Nike

May 2, 2014

You can thank a waffle iron for modern running shoes. Learn how a pancake breakfast inspired the Nike sole that revolutionized athletic shoes.

Salade-C-sar_2

Caesar Salad

Apr 4, 2014

Caesar Salad – the name suggests European Cuisine, right? Wrong. Learn how a desperate restaurant owner in Mexico invented the famous Caesar Salad.