“Getting there first is not what it’s all about. What matters always is execution. Always.”
--Chris Cox, Facebook
It seems that there is always a race in American business to be first. However, history is filled with many stories where the second, third or later entrants ultimately rule a market sector.
Some great insight and examples in this article - including Yahoo! and Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.
This article is well written and I like the final sentence:
"Record books celebrate the first. People celebrate the best."
SOURCE: TechCrunch (September 2010)
Being “First” Versus Being “Best”