How To Build A Community-And Keep It Thriving
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.
Fashion Forward - Founders Project Golden Opportunity
Style icon Rebecca Minkoff mentors Trinity Mouzon Wofford, co-founder of Millennial wellness startup Golde.
How To Create Killer Buzz Around Your Biz
Nudging your customers to sing your praises is the best advertising you never bought. But be careful: There’s an art to this ask.
Lolly Wolly Doodle's Brandi Temple Won Her Company Back-And Then Sold It
Sales at Brandi Temple’s successful children’s clothing company, Lolly Wolly Doodle, dropped by half virtually overnight. Then the real drama began.
Science Pioneers - Bringing Us Robots, Renewable Power And Food Made From Air
Robot co-workers, lifesaving A.I., and food made from the air we breathe. These innovators are engineering the future.
We Found $2 Billion For Women Founders. It's A Start
When Linnea Roberts retired in 2016 from Goldman Sachs, where she’d been a managing director, she didn’t intend to become a startup investor.
Sinking About the Future
Elkay Manufacturing has endured for a century in an unforgiving, cyclical industry by innovating relentlessly around the ordinary.
How Did The Top-Ranked Company On This Year's Inc. 500 Make It There?
No.1Chris Stark and David FreedmanFREESTAR
Setting The Table
No.305Krystle MobayeniBENTOBOXThree-year growth 1,480.3% | 2018 revenue $4.4M New York City | Founded in 2013
The Next Generation Of Franchising
There are as many reasons for investing in franchises as there are franchise investors. And whether the objective is blending lifestyle with business or maximizing income, franchisers offer opportunities to match almost any motivation.
What's In A Name? A Business, It Turns Out
No.274Darpan MunjalSQUADHELP.COMThree-year growth 1,600.8% | 2018 revenue $3MHoffman Estates, Illinois | Founded in 2011
“A Very Unfortunate Growth Industry”
No.392Keith Walawender and Mike BillerTOMAHAWK STRATEGIC SOLUTIONSThree-year growth 1,168.3% 2018 revenue $2.8MNashville | Founded in 2014
How The 9/11 Tragedy Pushed Her To Build Anew
No.374Keri MungoSABGThree-year growth 1,228.9% | 2018 revenue $21 .7M Arlington, Virginia | Founded in 2005
How A Job Layoff Kickstarted A Company
No.56Russ LaytonSPARX HOCKEYThree-year growth 4,916.2% | 2018 revenue $8M Acton, Massachusetts | Founded in 2014
Josh Levin Powered His Way Through The Darkness
No.210Josh LevinEMPOWERED ELECTRICThree-year growth 1,944% | 2018 revenue $3.6M North Kansas City, Missouri | Founded in 2015
He Escaped War, Hustled In Harlem, And Created Atop Skin Care Brand: The Saga Of Sundial
In 1987, when civil unrest in Liberia brought him to America, Rich Dennis also became an entrepreneur.
Drafting A New Business Plan
No.221Greg AvolaUNTAPPDThree-year growth 1,882% | 2018 revenue $10MWilmington, North Carolina | Founded in 2010
Founders Project Best Dressed
No.326Michelle DeLoachREVELRYThree-year growth 1,423.4% | 2018 revenue $3.8M Austin | Founded in 2009
Another On-Time Arrival
No.413Matt Pyatt ARRIVE LOGISTICSThree-year growth 1,107.1% | 2018 revenue $368.6M Austin | Founded in 2014
Man Of Steel
No.324Viv Helwig VESTED METALS INTERNATIONALThree-year growth 1,423.7% | 2018 revenue $2.6M St. Augustine, Florida | Founded in 2014
The founders of this year’s Inc. 500 have already scaled great heights. Now they’re reaching for the next big summits
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 million. But Rubio’s path wasn’t always easy wheeling—especially when a controversy threatened to sink her company. As told to Christine Lagorio-chafkin
How Designer Couple Are Saving Health Ceramics!
Heath Ceramics was strong on cachet, but weak on its balance sheets. Then a designer couple came along to save it.
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. She’s starting a new company, to produce future TV projects; this time, she’s determined to be a better leader.
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 62-person company based in Santa Monica, California. The profitable startup clocked in at No. 894 on the Inc. 5000 last year, with revenue of $4.5 million—and its CEO and co-founder, Jerry Jao, has come a very long way.
How I Learned To Run My Husband's Business After He Died
For years, Mary Celeste Beall, 42, played a supporting role at Blackberry Farm, the legendary resort in Tennessee that her husband, Sam Beall, ran. When he died suddenly in 2016, the mother of five had to learn to run it herself— while shouldering the burden of devastating grief.
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 that Beyond Meat launched this May gave more proof that he just might have been right all along.
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 funding. He credits his family in Nigeria for showing him the way.
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, the deal vaults him and co-founder Andy Katz-Mayfield closer to their goal of reinventing a huge category.
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 is better for everyone, he’s found over the years, when companies— and people—on both sides of the border work together.