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Robot Deliveries (Seriously)
Like every teenager, I pined for pizza—but not just because I grew up in Chicago and our pies are the best in the world. The delivery guy was the guitarist in a local grunge band and looked the part: unruly long hair like Chris Cornell’s; a goatee; a
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How I Spotted—and Grabbed—the Huge Opportunity That Almost Everyone Else Missed
When Ethan Brown founded the plant-based protein company Beyond Meat in 2009, he knew he was on to something big, even if everyone around him thought he was crazy. Then Whole Foods and other grocery chains came calling. The massively successful IPO
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The Double Play
The ambitious idea wasn’t his. But this founder latched onto a partner who helped map out the strategy—and had the capital to make it happen.
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Maximum Impact Marketing
You cannot run a small or midsize business without having to deal with serious competitors of all sizes. Competition is just one of the challenges the research firm Techaisle examined in its most recent small and midsize business (SMB) report. Other
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The Carve-Out
He needed capital for some big plans but didn’t want to cede control. That required a different kind of investor.
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How I Got Myself To America As A Child (and Went On To Start An Inc. 5000 Company)
Shop the websites of top e-commerce brands like Rothy’s and Dollar Shave Club and you’re likely to receive an ultra-targeted—and pretty effective—follow-up email pitching the products you may have missed. It is the handiwork of Retention Science, a
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Why Now?
One sound bite still lingers from the days before the Great Dot-Com Crash of 2000, courtesy of an investment banker who insisted he wasn’t concerned about the tsunami of funding sloshing around the IPO market. “It’s Wall Street’s job to throw money a
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How I Proved The VCs Were Wrong
When Tope Awotona founded Atlanta-based online scheduling startup Calendly in 2013, he ran into a common problem for black founders: securing VC funds. The experience taught him to stretch every dollar so that he’d never have to rely on outside fund
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How I Joined An Industry Incumbent I’d Set Out To Defeat
After co-founding the wildly successful direct-to-consumer eyewear company Warby Parker, Jeff Raider co-founded DTC shaving brand Harry’s, which Edgewell Personal Care, the parent company of Schick, bought in May for $1.37 billion. In Raider’s view,
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The Breakout
They obsessively designed the coolest cooler. But their brand’s momentum made Yeti’s co-founders fret.
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The Future Is Now
Building your business and saving for retirement might not seem compatible—but there are immediate benefits to long-term planning.
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How I Didn’t Get That MBA (and Still Started A Billion-dollar Company)
In May, the suitcase company Away, which Jen Rubio co-founded with fellow Warby Parker alum Steph Korey in 2015, raised $100 million, at a valuation of $1.4 billion. The company has sold a million suitcases and estimates 2019 revenue will hit $300 mi
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Sweat Equity
Natural deodorant was long the domain of the granola set—until Jaime Schmidt came along. In 2010, the then-32-year-old living in Portland, Oregon, concocted an aromatic formula in her kitchen and started Schmidt’s, which in 2017 was acquired by Unile
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How I Learned To Tame My Temper—and Become A Better Boss
Samin Nosrat has always been “good with people”—when she’s not managing them. The chef and star of Netflix’s smash hit Salt Fat Acid Heat, adapted from her best-selling book, is as charismatic in person as she is on screen, with an infectious laugh.
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How to Clone Yourself
Most CEOs spend more than half of their working hours away from the office. How can you be a more effective remote leader?
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The Role Change
Holly Thaggard wasn’t looking for help for her San Antonio–based, kid-friendly sunscreen company, Supergoop. Being open to ideas, though, she met with lots of people. “I just took all those meetings. Investors wanted to get to know us. We were not ob
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The Destination Miami
Immigrants, limitless co-working spaces, and a dash of the good life make the No. 13 Surge City an entrepreneurial hotbed.
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How I Built Businesses On Both Sides Of The Border—and Why We Shouldn’t Have It Any Other Way
Ricardo Mora is an El Paso, Texas–based telecom entrepreneur, restaurateur, tech investor, and startup evangelist. His various ventures straddle the U.S. and Mexican markets, and give him a uniquely informed perspective on border politics. Business
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Uber, But For Cavities
Is there a better way to show your employees how much you care than [checks notes] sending them to the dentist? Probably. But consider Henry the Dentist, a New Providence, New Jersey–based mobile dentistry startup that will park in front of your com
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Every Step You Take
One of the great privileges of working for Inc. is getting to meet entrepreneurs at every step of their journey. In May, Inc. held our first Fast Growth Tour event, in Chicago, at which my colleagues and I were pleasantly surrounded by entrepreneurs
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How We Built Our Company While Traveling The World—with Our Toddlers
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Boba—short for “Boulder baby”—produces and sells baby carriers and wraps. Founders Robert and Elizabeth Antunovic launched it with $15,000 and then began traveling the world with their family. Today, Boba’s revenue tops $
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Fired Up
Heath Ceramics was strong on cachet, but weak on its balance sheets. Then a designer couple came along to save it.
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Private Equity Is Here to Help. Honest
Inc.’s inaugural list of founder-friendly private equity firms highlights shops that treat entrepreneurs as partners and operators—rather than as part of the furniture.
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The Mom-and-Pop Shop
The couple’s game plan includes celebrity partners to fuel Blaze Pizza’s fast-break growth.
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How I’m Cutting New Plastic From My Business
Everlane was founded in 2010 on a vow to work with ethical, fair-wage factories and to sell clothing to consumers directly and transparently: Here’s what producing this T-shirt costs, here’s what we make off a purchase. Three years ago, founder Mich
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How I Alienated My Employees—and Then Rebuilt My Company’s Culture
Steve Huffman co-founded Reddit in 2005, left in 2009, and returned as CEO in 2015. At the time, there was a massive user revolt—and a nearly sitewide blackout—going on. At first, it seemed every action he took made the company hemorrhage employees.
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Should A Business Start In A Co-Working Space?
Consider the now-ubiquitous co-working space, where freelancers and founders rub elbows. Such spots, of course, promise flexible leases and ready-made culture—and many distractions. A co-working space co-founder and a founder whose company started at
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Name Your Price
Big Ass Fans founder Carey Smith knew exactly how much he was going to sell his company for—$500 million—even before he had a potential buyer.
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How I Was Fired From My Company—and Bounced Back
Stacy Spikes is currently running his movie-ticket startup, PreShow. But he’s best known for co-founding MoviePass in 2011. In 2017, MoviePass was bought by analytics firm Helios + Matheson, which soon dismissed Spikes as COO. It forced him to grapp
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Just Don’t Get Comfortable
Having been a passenger on the Miracle on the Hudson plane in 2009, Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias is famously familiar with crashes. But US Airways flight 1549 wasn’t his first unscheduled touchdown. That came years earlier and, though it wasn’t potent
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