Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it's also an outstanding business model, writes Drake Bennett. We can't all be Apple or Google, Bennett argues, but by studying the successes of others, we can find ways to improve our game immeasurably. "At its best, copying spreads knowledge and speeds the process by which insights and inventions are honed, eliminating dead-end approaches and saving time, effort, and money," Bennett writes.

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