50 Best Business Ideas From the Past 50 Years

Overview

From the enormity of the internet to the humble Post-It note, 50 Best Business Ideas traces the extraordinary tales of a series of revolutionary ideas have transformed business and society in the past 50 years. It's apt then that we've chosen 50 of the best ideas, trends and inventions to reflect this revolutionary era. We reveal their origins, how they developed, the challenges they faced and their enduring influence.

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Overview

From the enormity of the internet to the humble Post-It note, 50 Best Business Ideas traces the extraordinary tales of a series of revolutionary ideas have transformed business and society in the past 50 years. It's apt then that we've chosen 50 of the best ideas, trends and inventions to reflect this revolutionary era. We reveal their origins, how they developed, the challenges they faced and their enduring influence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854586902
  • Publisher: Crimson Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

1960s

1 The Pill 3

2 The disposable nappy 10

3 Contact lenses 14

4 Satellite television 20

5 Biometrics 27

6 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 33

7 The ring pull 38

8 Touch-tone phones 42

9 Equal Opportunities policy 47

10 Videoconferencing 53

11 The fax machine 58

12 The plastic bag 63

13 The microwave oven 68

14 The smoke alarm 72

15 Kevlar 77

16 Aerosol deodorant 82

17 Computer-aided design (CAD) 87

18 The internet 93

1970s

19 The pocket calculator 103

20 Budget airlines 107

21 Email 113

22 The automated teller machine (ATM) 119

23 The computer game 124

24 Just-in-Time inventory management 129

25 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 134

26 VHS 138

27 The barcode 145

28 Electronic point-of-sale (EPOS) technology 151

29 The Global Positioning System (GPS) 156

30 Fibre optics 160

31 The electronic spreadsheet 165

32 The Walkman 170

1980s

33 The personal computer (PC) 179

34 Infrared remote controls 184

35 The Post-it note 189

36 The compact disc (CD) 193

37 The 20-70-10 rule 199

38 The digital camera 203

39 Remote keyless entry (RKE) systems 208

40 Dyson (Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner) 212

41 Tablet computers 217

1990s

42 International overnight courier services 223

43 The smartphone 228

44 Search engines 235

45 Pay-per-click advertising 241

46 Pay-by-swipe technology 247

47 The hybrid car 253

48 The MP3 player 257

2000s

49 Google's 20% innovation time 265

50 The e-reader 269

Picture Credits 275

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