How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

Too Sexy? 'No VC Wanted to Touch Me With a Barge Pole'

Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, explains how every obstacle she encounters only proves why she must launch her "real-world" sex sites.

Path co-founder Dave Morin: 'Why Are We Doing This?'

Adoption was slow when Path--now a fast-growing mobile social network--first launched. Here's how it turned around.

When Joe Bastianich Bet It All on Babbo

Restaurateur Joe Bastianich and his business partner, chef Mario Batali, took on a massive debt before their first restaurant together--they now have 23--took off.

Risky Business: How the Arab Spring Changed an Investigations Firm

The protests in the Middle East tested Jeremy Kroll, son of investigations entrepreneur Jules Kroll, and his expansion of K2 Intelligence into the region.

Hacker Alert: When You Know It's Time to Hire Employees

Anthony Casalena's Squarespace was a one-man operation when, late one Friday night, hackers shut down thousands of sites the company hosted.

'Freaking Out': What Happened the Day Joe Cohen Launched Lore

First-time entrepreneur Joe Cohen talks about what to do when Launch Day inevitably doesn't go according to plan.

How Thrillist Co-Founder Adam Rich Learned to Cope With Highs and Lows

First-time entrepreneur Adam Rich describes a time when leading Thrillist, his men's lifestyle site, seemed too emotionally fraught to sustain.

When to Say Goodbye to a Founding Partner

Pressured to grow, AfterCollege CEO Robert Angulo chose his company over friendship.

How Jules Kroll Ignored Naysayers & Started a Rating Agency

When credit rating agencies came under fire for their role in the 2008 financial crisis, Jules Kroll, the corporate-investigations pioneer, saw a business opportunity.

How Twilio Went to Market Without Investors

Twilio, software for app developers, sought funding just as the 2008 financial crisis hit. Co-founder Jeff Lawson's response: "Screw it."

What a Serial Entrepreneur Can't Resist

When Jose Ferreira's first company failed, he thought he would never start another one. But then he launched Knewton, which makes online education tools.

Intuit's Scott Cook on Failed Global Expansion: 'We Should've Known Better'

Intuit founder Scott Cook tells what went wrong the first time he rolled out the company's Quicken tax prep software around the world.

Flat-Out Rejection: Caliper's Hard Early Months

Herb Greenberg, who lost his sight at age 10, developed a test to help employers see workers for who they really are. But four months after founding HR consultancy Caliper, Greenberg had failed to win a single client.

The Law Is on Our Side (Because We Helped Write It)

Jessica Scorpio struggled for years to get her company, Getaround, off the ground, largely due to one massive roadblock.

The 22nd Time is the Charm

When the infomercial company Beachbody introduced a set of fitness DVDs called P90X in 2005, the product bombed. Carl Daikeler explains how he turned it into $700m in sales.

How I Fixed the Job Interview

Herb Greenberg, who lost his sight at age 10, developed a test to let employers see workers for who they really are.

Why I Told Anonymous to Kiss My Ass

Dana White, President of Ultimate Fighting Championship, decided to fight back when hacker group Anonymous attacked his company.

Fishbowl CEO: How We Survived a Series of Disasters

When David Williams took over Fishbowl in 2004, he thought the job would be easy sailing. Boy, was he in for a few surprises.

Bad Times Have Treated Us Well at Eventbrite

Julia Hartz, a co-founder of the online ticket seller, explains how it has sold more than 60 million tickets since 2006.

Big Win for Omgpop; 2 Very Different Stories

Charles Forman founded Omgpop, and left in 2011. CEO Dan Porter ran the company through producing its big hit, Draw Something, and sale to Zynga for $180 million. They tell their stories.

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