For example, the minicomputer industry began, grew up, got big, profitable, smug, senile and died in 20 years from 1975 to 1995. Digital Equipment Corporation is a prime exemplar. In this case the topple rate of the minicomputer industry was 20 years.
A high topple rate is especially frequently used as a saying in fields of technological business.
The Red Queen's race has incredible evolutionary similarities. To maintain a leadership position, an industry must change at the same or faster rate than competing industries.