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We Found $2 Billion for Women Founders. It's a Start.
To make real progress on closing the funding gap, more women are getting into the business of funding other women.
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Money Movers
These founders are redefining old businesses like insurance and banking, and bringing financial services to people who have never had them.
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Washington, D.C.
Inc.’s No. 19 Surge City is known for its government agencies, its cybersecurity firms, and Amazon’s forthcoming HQ2. But the capital’s startup scene is much more eclectic.
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What to Say When They Don’t Pay
Eleni Gianopulos spent more than 15 years selling her handmade sugar cookies to a famous gourmet grocery chain. Then Dean & DeLuca stopped paying its bills. By January 2018, Gianopulos, founder and owner of New York City–based bakery Eleni’s Cookies,
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Getting the Word Out
Nudging your customers to sing your praises is the best advertising you never bought. But be careful: There’s an art to this ask.
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SHE-E-O? SHE-E-No
Four years ago, Alyson Saxe ran into an old friend at Costco, who—upon learning Saxe had children—inquired whether she worked outside the home. Saxe explained that she’d founded a PR agency. “My friend said, ‘How great! You’re a mompreneur!’” recalls
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The Future Is Female
You will notice something a little unusual about this month’s cover: Our featured CEO, the Wing co-founder Audrey Gelman, was photographed when she was eight months pregnant. As best we can tell, this is the first time that a visibly pregnant CEO has
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Sinking About the Future
Elkay Manufacturing has endured for a century in an unforgiving, cyclical industry by innovating relentlessly around the ordinary.
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Should You Let Employees Set Their Own Goals?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to being a manager, but there are several schools of thought on just how hands-on you should be. Inc. talked about it with two CEOs—Clara Shih, who came up in Google’s adult playground but believes
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Pioneer Woman
Ariane Daguin has spent almost 35 years building the artisanal food company D’Artagnan. Along the way, she’s transformed how Americans think about food. And there’s still so much for her to do.
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Flight Plan
Audrey Gelman has made the Wing’s women-focused shared office spaces into a buzzy club of feminine empowerment built on inclusivity—and, perhaps, exclusivity. Change can be messy. But this is a new kind of company.
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Boardroom Battle
Sales at Brandi Temple’s successful children’s clothing company, Lolly Wolly Doodle, dropped by half virtually overnight. Then the real drama began.
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What Libra Is Really About
I was at a bar with some friends recently, and, since we’re nerds, our conversation turned to Libra, Facebook’s proposed digital currency. Some were adamant that it will be a safer bet than Bitcoin. And, since Libra is backed by Mastercard, Visa, and
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Don’t Solve the Wrong Problem
Not long ago, I was presented with a routine, even boring, workplace problem. We redesigned a part of our website, and altered some basic functionality. Some colleagues learned of the change only when they went online, and were baffled by the new flo
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How I Did It And All That Jazz
JUDI SHEPPARD MISSETT JAZZERCISE Those fitness classes you go to? She basically invented them.
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A Tip Of The Cap To Bollman
One day in 1960, the schools closed in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County, as much of the population spilled out onto the streets to greet visiting royalty. Roy Rogers, America’s famous singing cowboy, had come to town to personally thank t
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Founders Project Golden Opportunity
Style icon Rebecca Minkoff mentors Trinity Mouzon Wofford, co-founder of Millennial wellness startup Golde.
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Grit, Growth, and Great Ideas
Every year, the Inc. team gathers the data, crunches the numbers, and compiles the Inc. 5000. And the Inc. 5000 is not a mere list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. It’s the backbone of the U.S. economy. These businesses generate h
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He Escaped War, Hustled In Harlem, And Created A Top Skin Care Brand: The Saga Of Sundial
In 1987, when civil unrest in Liberia brought him to America, Rich Dennis also became an entrepreneur. He sold shea butter out of his Babson College dorm to make ends meet. Necessity would evolve into Sundial Brands, which became a leading maker of
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Drafting A New Business Plan
Nine years ago, Greg Avola and Tim Mather created Untappd, a Foursquare-style check-in app for beer, thanks to an idea and $1,000 from Avola. Even as Untappd took off, the two kept their day jobs—until they found an unconventional way to devote them
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Setting The Table
When Krystle Mobayeni launched BentoBox—which helps restaurants build state-of-the-art websites—her experience in hospitality was mostly limited to dining out. Today, her startup serves more than 4,500 restaurants worldwide. She’s succeeded by persev
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How A Job Layoff Kickstarted A Company
Russ Layton was one of the few people in his blue-collar neighborhood to make it to college—and by most measures, his career in mechanical engineering was a success. But he couldn’t shake the feeling that he was just going through the motions. When
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PEOs Free Up Business Leaders to Power Growth
Companies that outsource HR to a PEO experience faster growth, higher employee retention rates, and longer-term success.
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Another On-time Arrival
The increasing primacy of e-commerce ensures that logistics and transport companies are well-represented on recent Inc. 500 lists. (Indeed, last year’s top 10 featured two firms that serve that space, including the No. 1 company, SwanLeap.) That opp
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How Did The Top-ranked Company On This Year’s Inc. 500 Make It There?
The story of the fastest-growing private company in America, a profitable technology startup called Freestar whose revenue growth since 2015 has been a staggering 36,680 percent, starts with a calendar. Not a buzzy new calendar app. Not a life-alter
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Peak Performance
The founders of this year’s Inc. 500 have already scaled great heights. Now they’re reaching for the next big summits
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Recession-Proof Your Business
David Barrett survived the Great Recession by making his business as boring as possible. In 2007, the founder and CEO of Expensify was trying to launch a prepaid debit card that would enable—and hopefully encourage—charitable giving to panhandlers i
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Founders Project Best Dressed
Inc. 500 alum and savvy e-tailer Sarah LaFleur of M.M.LaFleur mentors Revelry founder Michelle DeLoach, who runs a wedding wear startup that cracked this year’s Inc. 500.
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What’s In A Name? A Business, It Turns Out
Darpan Munjal came to Chicago from India in 1997 to work for a startup and, later, Sears. By 2010, he was about done with corporate America and began planning his own e-commerce business. That venture wouldn’t survive. But his difficult search for a
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