Monday, July 17, 2017

Phil Knight Talk Innovation, Succession and the Early Days of the Company

In a new interview with the Harvard Business Review, Phil Knight, co-founder and former chairman of Nike, has delved into the creation of the brand and the inspirations behind forming the now-iconic sports apparel giant. Explaining that “The shoe is the one piece of equipment that really matters to a runner,” Knight goes on to discuss with interviewer Dan McGinn exactly how this mantra, his partnership with Bill Bowerwan, an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and an in-built drive toward innovation each helped push him to start Nike back in 1964. Check out the full article below.

Nike's Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession

Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made.