Can Japanese Sports Shoes Do to German Sports Shoes What Japanese Cameras Did to German cameras?
Phil Knight comes up with his "Crazy Idea" (symbol) to travel to Japan to try and strike a deal.
Phil wrote a paper called “Can Japanese Sports Shoes Do to German Sports Shoes What Japanese Cameras Did to German Cameras?” (Symbol) No one was impressed.
And to think no one liked my business idea in college.
(theme: follow your dreams) Phil was so determined to pursue his "Crazy Idea." He decided to pitch it to a few businessmen from the sneaker brand, Tiger, in Japan. They agreed and they started selling the shoe.
University of Oregon
The first year, Phil sold the shoes known as Blue Ribbon out of the trunk of his car at track meets across the country and made $8,000 in 1963.
The company now known as Nike has turned into a billion dollar business.
(Theme: Donate Money) They now give away $100 million each year. Right now, they are building a new basketball facility at the University of Oregon.