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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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How The 9/11 Tragedy Pushed Her To Build Anew
Keri Mungo is co-founder and CEO of SABG—the Strategic Alliance Business Group—which provides technical services for the federal government, including the Missile Defense Agency and the Department of Defense. Prior to starting her company, she spent
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Mapping The Inc. 5000
It’s no secret that cities generate the most revenue—they concentrate the most know-how and people. That’s why Inc.’s Surge Cities continue to be hot spots. But as our Inc. 5000 map shows, growth can happen anywhere.
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He Powered His Way Through The Darkness
Josh Levin was raised on the wrong side of the tracks. An unexpected call from his future mother-in-law—plus his own fierce determination—led him to start Empowered Electric, which has what’s probably the coolest Instagram of any electrical contract
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“A Very Unfortunate Growth Industry”
Keith Walawender and Mike Biller served with one of the Navy SEALs’ most elite teams, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group—also known as SEAL Team 6 and DevGru—which undertook the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. After they left the SEALs
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No Single Path
With the rise of video games in the late 20th century came the rise of cheat code culture: “Buy this book [or visit this site] and you will learn everything you need to win at Galactic Insect Invasion.” The advice is usually effective, if a little u
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What’s Stopping You From Startıng a Business?
Pat Brown didn’t plan on creating Impossible Foods. But the opportunity was too compelling to resist.
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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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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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