How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

'Why I Will Never Be a Victim'

After a vicious attack, Save the Date founder Jennifer Gilbert not only moved on, she also built a $30 million business.

Don't Shoot! I'm Getting Funded!

Yaron Galai was a reserve naval officer in Israel when he founded his fourth company, Outbrain. That's why he found himself negotiating from the trenches.

How We Accidentally Became Top Online Retailers

The founders of, Elliot and Joseph Arking, explain how they did it.

Pandora's Sweet Sound of Success

It took a while for Tim Westergren to get his Internet radio business out of "perpetual start-up mode." Now it's a public company with 560 employees.

We'll Never Forget This Colleague

Jay Deutsch, CEO of Seattle-based BDA, explains how his company faced a tragic loss--and now has a new mission.

Bonobos Founder: We Failed & We're Better For It

Entrepreneur Andy Dunn almost lost his e-commerce business to a major mistake. Find out how the company made a comeback.

'Why I Carry This Reminder'

Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus, opens up about facing tragedy while running a business.

Dollar Shave Club: Yeah, We Have Big Investors

CEO Michael Dubin's signature dry humor (and viral marketing video) put his company, Dollar Shave Club, on the radar of some pretty big fish.

Passing the Torch of Burning Man

At the end of every summer, Burning Man brings 50,000 celebrants to the desert. It has become an institution and a valuable business.

How ChicoBag Battled Big Plastic

When three major plastic-bag makers filed a lawsuit against ChicoBag, the company's founder, Andy Keller, launched his own offensive.

Start-up Suicide: When Meetup Risked Closure

Meetup co-founder Scott Heiferman describes the dramatic drop-off in organized Meetups when the company went from free to fee, and how that turned around.

How a Disaster on Everest Inspired an Entrepreneur

When Philip James founded online wine seller Lot18, skeptics said he would fail. But a disaster on Mt. Everest years before had taught him to trust his gut.

How Tate's Bake Shop Founder Lost It All & Bounced Back

Kathleen King was pushed out of the first bakery she founded and ran for two decades. So she started Tate's Bake Shop, a direct competitor, and now distributes in all 50 states.

This Guy Invented the iPod With Steve Jobs

Tony Fadell, the creator of the most iconic product of the last decade--Apple's iPod--talks about the innovations, and missteps, that helped him change personal electronics forever.

What Happened When Grooveshark Couldn't Meet Payroll

Grooveshark founder Sam Tarantino wanted to reinvent the music business. But in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, funding was quickly drying up, and he had to tell his employees.

Paperless Post's Long, Hard Road to Raise Money

James Hirschfeld and his sister started Paperless Post to recreate invitations for the Web. But VCs wouldn't bite, and time was running out.

The Emotional Story of Reddit's Start & Sale

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian set out to revolutionize the Internet. Then came an even bigger challenge.

TaskRabbit: From Start-up to Global Web Market for Odd Jobs

Last year TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque raised $17.8 million in Series B financing. Now she's looking to scale up rapidly in the U.S. and abroad.

How We Founded myYearbook

It's one of the 25 most-trafficked webites in the U.S., and it was founded by a pair of siblings in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Catherine and Geoff Cook explain how they did it.

Warrior Sports Manufactures Lacrosse Gear Domestically

Dave Morrow, a former college lacrosse player and founder of $200 million (sales) Warrior Sports lacrosse gear, says making products in China can compromise quality and delivery.

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