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Sweet Deal
Following the sale of her business, Southampton, New York–based Tate’s Bake Shop, Kathleen King retired in 2018. It was a move she’d been planning since day one.
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Making Teams Great
Building a culture that allows teams to thrive is critical to being a best place to work. The physical work environment is important, but the employees’ daily experience, both with their direct leaders and the teams they work on, is what differentiat
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A Truly American Story, Chapter Two
It all started because Vahe Kuzoyan and Ara Mahdessian wanted to help their fathers’ businesses.
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Freelancer or Full-Timer: Which Worker Is Ideal?
Contractors and freelancers can bring agility to any workplace. But when it comes to building your business, should you rely on such workers—or should you place your bet on full-time staffers? To find out, Inc. coaxed two sharp founders on opposite s
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Talking Is the New Typing
A CEO friend invited me over for dinner recently. While splashing a final drizzle of hot oil over his famous green curry, he asked Alexa for an update on March Madness. His college had won, so he broke out a fancy bottle of wine. (Apparently, my pres
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Heroes And Villains
In business disgrace, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is attaining a second celebrity: Her con-artist saga has vaulted from best-selling book to HBO documentary, and, soon, Hulu miniseries and Jennifer Lawrence movie. The needle on the hustle dial
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How Should You Feel After the Deal?
If they’re being honest, most entrepreneurs would say that selling their company was always the plan. Sure, we talk about building a billion-dollar, publicly traded, long-lived enterprise. That’s the dream. But if we’re pairing our positivity with ou
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Party Is Part Of The Job Description
Dogs or cats?” Tripleseat CEO Jonathan Morse likes to ask job candidates. If they say cats, he says, “they’re not paying attention.” That’s because half a dozen canines roam the company’s Concord, Massachusetts, office on any given day. But maybe a c
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Skullcandy Restores Its Soul
If you’re over 30, you can recall a time when your phone and music player weren’t the same thing. Sitting on a chairlift in Park City, Utah, in 2001, Rick Alden, a former snowboard-binding and fishing-reel developer, was frustrated at having to unplu
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Better Than Breakfast
Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” according to a famous quote attributed to Peter Drucker. There is a lot of room to quibble there, starting with whether Drucker ever said this. Strategy, obviously, is vitally important and frequently misunderst
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Work’s Peak Perks
No Health Care? No Way! Only 1 percent of the Best Workplaces don’t provide health care. At one of them, Ocala, Florida–based MzeroA.com, which offers flight training, employees get gym reimbursement and access to company-paid, flat-fee partnerships
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No Heels Allowed
Bitter experience taught the co-founders of Bombas what they needed to know about building a beloved company.
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Detroit
The rebirth of Inc.’s No. 45 Surge City means the talent here is getting creative—and staying put.
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Like Doritos, but Buggier
You never forget your first insect. Laura D’Asaro was studying abroad in Tanzania when she ate hers—a caterpillar, the flavor of which she likens to lobster. Meanwhile, her Harvard classmate Rose Wang was munching on scorpions in Beijing. D’Asaro an
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Climbing Out of Debt
It’s easy to fall into a debt hole when you have a fast-growing startup, but with the right strategy, you can usually find a way out.
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How Inc. Selected Its Best Workplaces
With labor tight, firms are getting creative to attract and retain talent. Your foosball table won’t cut it anymore.
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A Company She’d Want To Work For
Air Force veteran Angie Lienert built her high-flying business around a great culture—after a chili dog changed her life.
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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.
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Don’t Break Up Big Tech
This spring, Amazon did something very un-Amazonish. Across many popular product categories, from batteries to baby food, the retail behemoth quietly discontinued aggressive promotions for its private-label brands, which compete with—and in truth ar
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The Human Experiment
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.
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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.
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Beating the Office-Space Blues
The occupancy limits, nursing rooms, and fine print of finding the right real estate for your business.
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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. Your typical startup demo day, in other words—except for the presence of a four-star Army general and pockets of uniformed military personnel a
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Neighborhood Cleanup
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.
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Groupmuse
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. When he moved back home to suburban Boston after graduating from Columbia University
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Quilt
Having built a female-focused co-working space—One Roof, in Los Angeles—Gianna Wurzl and Ashley Sumner knew what women thought was missing from such places: intentional gatherings and great conversation. They also had concerns about affordability. W
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The Body Shop
Achieving immortality might be the ultimate aspiration of your average inventor, but in Chris Sakezles’s case, he just wanted to build a better dead body. While getting his PhD in polymer science and engineering in the ’90s, he developed a device for
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How Synbio Will Save The World
Reprogramming microbes so they eat toxins and C02? It’s not science fiction. It’s happening right now.
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