All those guys should not have had a chance when there was IBM sitting there, dominating the computer industry, but they did it.
"Robert T. Bigelow" (born 1945) is an American hotel and aerospace entrepreneur. He owns the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace.More Robert Bigelow on Wikipedia.
I can tell you that Bigelow has made substantial investments in terms of launch contracts, personnel and facilities. That is unprecedented…and he's doing so without a dime of government money.