In 1978, Arthur Blank and his business partner Bernie Marcus were running a
successful chain of hardware stores called Handy Dan – but then, they were
unexpectedly fired. The next year, they conceived and launched a new kind of
home improvement store that flopped on opening day, but went on to become one
of the biggest private employers in the U.S. The Home Depot now earns annual
revenue of almost $100 billion. Recorded live in Atlanta.