- Federal Express started operations in 1973, “borrowing” the idea of a rapid-delivery service from DHL and UPS. By trumpeting next-day delivery, FedEx moved to the front.
- IBM launched its PC in 1981, hoping to compete with already-established Apple and Atari in a crowding marketplace.
- Best Buy opened its doors in 1985, modeling itself on Circuit City. Now, Best Buy is consistently one of the top players in electronics retailing.
—Adapted from “A Brief History of Late Starters,” Michael V. Copeland, Business 2.0.