CATEGORIES

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.

3 mins read
Inc.
July - August 2019

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.

6 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

3 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

10+ mins read
Inc.
June 2019

Get Off Of That Cloud

Storage vendors can box you in if you try to switch. How to avoid the data trap.

5 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

4 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

10+ mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

2 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

No Heels Allowed

Bitter experience taught the co-founders of Bombas what they needed to know about building a beloved company.

3 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

Don't Break Up Big Tech

The platforms have been brutal to startups. But there’s a simpler fix.

4 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

Your Employees Want More Financial Transparency. Now What?

Advice from the founders of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

2 mins read
Inc.
June 2019

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.

1 min read
Inc.
May 2019

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.

7 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

&Pizza, Robots & The Future Of Dining

Meet Michael Lastoria— the unlikely pizza mogul who’s quietly reinventing his industry.

4 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

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.

5 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

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.

4 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

How Synbio Will Save The World

Reprogramming microbes so they eat toxins and CO2? t’s not science fiction. It’s happening right now.

10+ mins read
Inc.
May 2019

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?

10+ mins read
Inc.
May 2019

Signaling A Healthier Path

Livongo is taking on diabetes—and other chronic conditions—with data.

2 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

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.

1 min read
Inc.
May 2019

A More Inclusive Clubhouse

A major scare led serial founder Sonny Caberwal to shift his focus to building community.

3 mins read
Inc.
May 2019

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.

5 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

How To Fight Fakes On Amazon

One entrepreneur’s tale of his time in Amazon Purgatory— and how he finally fought back.

10+ mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

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.

10 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

Now They're Taking On Saudı Arabia

Paint fumes lingered inside the airy new studio, where my thighs were burning from the endless squats.

10+ mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

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?

4 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

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.

3 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

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.

5 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

Reliable Source

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.

2 mins read
Inc.
March - April 2019

Becoming Your Own Landlord Can Boost Your Retirement Income

Why investing in real estate can boost your retirement income.

3 mins read
Inc.
December 2018