What do Apple, Calvin, Rubik’s Cube and Skateboards all have in common? They all came out of the same time period (1970’s) and were released in the 1980’s. All were invented and developed by men. All were hugely successful. Behind Apple was Steve Jobs, Calvin Klein created the Calvin Klein label, Erno Rubik invented Rubik’s Cube, and Frank Nasworthy invented polyurethane wheels for skateboards in the mid seventies and by the 1980’s skateboarding really took off as an activity with skateboarding retail shops emerging with this new culture.
Calvin Klein took dress jeans to a new level before arriving at re-inventing men’s underwear. Today Calvin Klein is one of the biggest most successful labels in the world. The success of Apple is a phenomenal story as was Steve Jobs. Remember he was also responsible for creating Pixar animated films.
Rubik’s Cube lends itself to the application of the mathematical group theory, which has been helpful for deducing certain algorithms. It was hugely successful in the 1980’s losing some ground in the 1990’s yet still remains popular today. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the worlds biggest selling puzzle game.
So the 1970’s and 1980’s saw Apple, Calvin, Rubik’s Cube and Skateboards all emerging as new type business cultures which developed into huge business organisations and all had growth pains as businesses do. They have all endured and still hold steady today. A true story of success and inspiration.
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