I'm not from this field, but I'm trying to make a biology/ecology analogy for companies with similar products competing for the same market segment.
I was thinking of using the competitive exclusion principle to illustrate that the products will have to each find their own niche, or disappear from the market.
In a market, when opportunity arises (lots of capital available, and interest from the consumer side for an new product) many competing products spring up, and then we slowly arrive at an equilibrium similar to the exclusion principle mentioned before.
My question is this: Is there a similar "opportunity stage" of this process in nature? Like an increase in resources available that drives many different species to "appear" and compete for the newfound wealth?
Pointers to Wiki articles etc. for further research will be appreciated.