How I Did It

Lessons Learned: A Veteran Owner's Battle Plan

Frank Campanaro, CEO of Trillacorpe Construction, steered his company through a 15-month investigation that almost put it out of business.

Lessons Learned: Selling Health

Shazi Visram, founder and CEO of HappyBaby, created a health conscious baby food brand to make a positive difference in the lives of children and parents.

Lessons Learned: Making Charity Sexy

charity:water founder and CEO Scott Harrison tells the story of how he went from being a nightclub promoter to building one of the fastest growing charities ever.

Lessons Learned: Partnership Pays Off

Michael Palatnek and David Stutz Co-Founders of C2C Outdoor have found success through the combination of their unique skill sets.

How I Did It: Hartley Peavey of Peavey Electronics

Hartley Peavey couldn't cut it as a guitarist, so he did the next best thing: He built Peavey Electronics, maker of rock 'n' roll's best-loved amplifiers.

Lessons Learned: Learning to Lead

OrangeSoda founder and CEO Jay Bean discusses the responsibilities of being a CEO and creating a workplace that combines productivity and fun.

Lessons Learned: Pushing Through Pressure

Tekscape founder and owner David Smith uses his experience as an engineer and his belief in his business to manage pressure and his employees.

Lessons Learned: Conquering Scaling

Birchbox co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp share how they manage scaling their quickly growing beauty discovery service.

Lessons Learned: Making Tough Choices

Gene Gray, president of Innovative IDM talks about the challenging decision he made to survive the recession and the need for balance between work and home.

Lessons Learned: Leading the Runway

Rent The Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss make as many mistakes as possible as quickly as possible--and then analyze them to figure out how they can improve over time.

Lessons Learned: Seeing What Sticks

Someecards co-founder and CEO Duncan Mitchell talks about how he and his team decide which of 20 ideas are worth trying.

How I Did It: Lessons Learned: When Things Go Viral

BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti talks about how an e-mail exchange with Nike led to his idea for promoting social content across the Web.

How I Did It; Lessons Learned: Jack Cohen-Martin, DynamicVideo

DynamicVideo founder and COO Jack Cohen-Martin discusses how he evolved his core customer base during the recession.

What It’s Like…to Wait Out an Interminable Non-compete

After Hotels.com founder Bob Diener sold to IAC in 2003, he went to kite-surf camp in Costa Rica. And when his five-year non-compete was up he launched getaroom.com.

How I Did It: Sandra Green, n-Link Corporation

n-Link Corporation founder Sandra Green discusses how creating an employee stock ownership plan gave her employees more incentive to stay at their current jobs.

How I Did It: Johnny LeHane, WAKA Kickball

WAKA Kickball co-founder Johnny LeHane talks about building longer term relationships with his customers--and learning to ask for help.

How I Did It: Barry Hartzberg, Satory Global

Barry Hartzberg, describes how he created a comfortable family feeling at Satory Global, the management and consulting IT firm he co-founded.

How I Did It: Tom Gimbel, The LaSalle Network

Tom Gimbel, CEO and founder of The LaSalle Network, talks about how he successfully led his staffing firm through the recession.

Out of the Coma. Back to the Office.

Rob McGovern is the same driven entrepreneur he was before his horrific car accident. Except that now his brain works differently.

How to Raise $1.2 Million in Venture Capital

Drew Houston literally didn’t know what to do with his first million dollars.