Fifteen years ago this month, Inc.com was born. To mark the occasion, we took a ride in the way-back machine. This unexpected journey through the years exposed a fascinating evolution from scrappy cyberspace start-up to award-winning business-news veteran.
It was the summer of 1996 when a small team brought Inc.'s online presence from little more than an AOL chatroom to a fast-growing website. We enjoyed the boom and survived the bust. Here's how it happened.
Inc.com has always been the online home of the magazine—and a thorough digital archive of its best reporting and writing. Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan curates notable features from the past decade and a half.
Recommended reading and viewing, as selected by the people who create Inc. and Inc.com.
Senior editor, Inc.com
Local Hero or Tax Cheat? (April 2008)
Inc. 500 | 5000: Fighting for Survival (Web only; August 2008)
Top Small Company Workplaces: Man's Best Co-Worker (Web only; May 2011)
Special Report: Bring on the Entrepreneurs! (November 2010)
Threadless: The Customer is the Company (June 2008)
On the Road With Supersalesman John "Grizz" Deal (April 2010)
Therapist to the New Economy (September 1996)
Patent No. 5,524,641: An Inventor's Story (July 2002)
The Coolest Small Company in America (January 2003)
Innovation: The Outer Limits (June 2008)
Behind the Scenes at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport | Video (October 2011)
Inside the Virtual Company (April 2010)
Confessions of an Entrepreneur's Wife (March 2006)
"The Offer," Norm Brodsky's series on selling his company (November 2006 to May 2008)
Can Rob Kalin Scale Etsy? (April 2011)
How I Did It: Stan Lee of Marvel Comics (November 2009)
Five Things You Should Never Say While Negotiating (Web only, January 2011)