How I Did It

Minding Jazz's Main Stage

The biggest names in jazz have flocked to a basement in New York City's Greenwich Village: Lorraine Gordon's The Village Vanguard. Here's how she did it.

How A 27-Year-Old Leads Her Family's Business

Ashley Fina is the third generation at the helm of Michael C. Fina, the Fifth Avenue retailer and employee-recognition company. She talks about how she and her cousins divvy up responsibilities.

This Investment Advisory Upstart Manages $20 Billion

Elliot Weissbluth, CEO of HighTower Advisors, has raised $165 million to pluck high-end investment advisors from established brokerage firms--and away from inherent conflicts.

Deepak Chopra's Daughter on Work-Life Balance

Mallika Chopra describes how her father's well-being techniques served her, especially as she launched her own company, Intent, a social network.

What's Your Exit Strategy?

Four-time entrepreneur Joe Apprendi talks about exiting three companies and how his latest--Collective, a New York online advertising firm--could be his home run, an IPO.

Reinvigorate a Failing Business

Turnaround specialist Howard Tullman talks about how to bring about change--and avoid needing it in the first place. Plus, why you need employees who don't bathe.

Lessons Learned: Making a Market in Foreign Exchange

Kevin Millien, COO of Boston Technologies, talks about how he co-founded a software company that connects two participants to do online foreign exchange trading.

How I Did It: Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic

Rachel Ashwell was a single mother when she opened her first Shabby Chic boutique in Santa Monica, California. Then the financial crisis hit.

Lessons Learned: Become a Serial Entrepreneur

Dan Ushman and Zak Boca co-founded SingleHop, which manages web servers dedicated to particular clients, after selling MidPhase, another web hosting company they co-founded.

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.