How I Built— And Maintain— A Cult Brand (Even After Selling To Private Equity)
Greg Koch was a wannabe musician who ran a rehearsal studio in Los Angeles for renowned rock bands like Fear Factory, Fishbone, and the Melvins. Then he co-founded Stone Brewing, which quickly became enormously influential in the craft beer world, thanks to its strong brews and even stronger personality. Stone Brewing is a 12-time Inc. 5000 honoree. But forgive Koch for being more excited about a recent collaboration with Metallica.
Founders Project Beauty Insiders
Jaime Schmidt got her natural deodorant and toothpaste onto the mass-market shelves of Walmart and Costco before selling to Unilever in 2017. Now she advises Hero Cosmetics co-founder Ju Rhyu, who’s about to go big with her skin-care business.
How To Grow Wings
Congratulations—you have enough money to start investing in fellow startups. What to know to become a supportive— and successful—angel investor.
What Happens When A Wildly Ambitious Young Startup Decides To Work With The Military?
There were hoodies. Robots. Free drinks. Young founders milling around a loftlike, concrete-floored space.
Get Off Of That Cloud
Storage vendors can box you in if you try to switch. How to avoid the data trap.
Culture, Tech, And Flexibility: Keys To Talent Acquisition
Hiring and keeping the best employees is a big challenge in the current labor market, but SMBs have advantages they can leverage.
Is There A Science To Creating A Great Workplace?
There have never been more theories spun about what produces happier, more productive workers. BetterUp Labs is using some actual science to get to the bottom of it.
Making An Impact
North Carolina’s Bogue Banks is home to Transportation Impact, whose 66 employees get time off from work for pursuits such as caring for their waterfront community.
No Heels Allowed
Bitter experience taught the co-founders of Bombas what they needed to know about building a beloved company.
Don't Break Up Big Tech
The platforms have been brutal to startups. But there’s a simpler fix.
Your Employees Want More Financial Transparency. Now What?
Advice from the founders of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
Opensports - Organizing Pickup Games Isn't A Contradiction In Terms.
In 2014, James Gibbons was building BlackBerry apps while living with a friend who had couch space in New York City.
HR Technology: The Hidden Secret Of Great Organizational Cultures
You need a great culture to land the best employees in a talent seller’s market. Technology can help.
&Pizza, Robots & The Future Of Dining
Meet Michael Lastoria— the unlikely pizza mogul who’s quietly reinventing his industry.
The Art Of The Pitch
Asking for money for your business is always time-consuming, often fruitless, and inevitably stressful. But there are ways to make the process more productive and maybe even a little bit enjoyable— beginning with how, and to whom, you make your pitch. To start, “keep it short,” advises Barry Schuler, the former America Online CEO and chairman turned high-profile venture capitalist at DFJ. He’s one of several top investors Inc. recently asked to share their pitching advice for entrepreneurs—based on their experiences vetting thousands of founder pitches, managing billions of dollars, and backing companies including Tesla, Uber, and Twitter. So while there’s no one right way to make the money ask, you can get ahead of the game by consulting these investors’ secrets for making successful pitches.
How I Beat Cancer— While Still Running My Company
Saundra Pelletier Evofem Biosciences - Evofem Biosciences is a pharmaceuticals startup that makes products supporting women’s reproductive health.
How Synbio Will Save The World
Reprogramming microbes so they eat toxins and CO2? t’s not science fiction. It’s happening right now.
Can Any Company Be A Tech Company?
The profitable salad chain Sweetgreen was on track to IPO. So why did its founders decide to pivot to tech?
Signaling A Healthier Path
Livongo is taking on diabetes—and other chronic conditions—with data.
Groupmuse - Bringing Chamber Musıc Out Of The Concert Hall—And Closer To Us.
Hearing an ensemble perform Beethoven’s Große Fuge, Op. 133, in a neighbor’s basement was so moving that Sam Bodkin pledged to expand listenership of chamber music.
A More Inclusive Clubhouse
A major scare led serial founder Sonny Caberwal to shift his focus to building community.
How We Did It - Luke's Lobster
Luke Holden and Ben Conniff started a small chain of simple lobster shacks. Then they started thinking much bigger.
How To Fight Fakes On Amazon
One entrepreneur’s tale of his time in Amazon Purgatory— and how he finally fought back.
Charging Into The Future
Lithium-ion batteries are essential to our lives and businesses—but struggle to keep up with modern demands. Inside the race to build a better battery.
Now They're Taking On Saudı Arabia
Paint fumes lingered inside the airy new studio, where my thighs were burning from the endless squats.
Marijuana Is Now Legal. Is It Time To Rethink Your Current Policy?
Marijuana is now legal in many states. Is it time to rethink your current policy?
Dream Of Early Retirement?
Yes, you can get fire’d up and financially free in your 30s and 40s— as long as you do some detailed planning.
Introducing Inc.'s Founders Project
This year, Inc. is matching 40 aspiring founders with 40 experienced mentors. Meet the first pairing: Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg and Wheyward Spirit founder Emily Darchuk.
Jewel Burks Solomon launched Partpic, a startup that makes it easier to find industrial parts, in 2013, after she’d fielded one too many angry customer calls at a previous job. Soon, it was Amazon on the phone—with an acquisition offer.
Becoming Your Own Landlord Can Boost Your Retirement Income
Why investing in real estate can boost your retirement income.