How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

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.

How to Handle Crazy Demand

Robert Croak, creator of Silly Bandz, remembers life at the center of a craze.

Breaking Through Stereotypes

Bethenny Frankel has 120 million reasons to feel vindicated.

How to Stay at No. 1

Niklas Hed is a little intimidated by his own success.

What to Do When You're Fired From the Company You Started

Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation, says he wasn’t just cut loose; he was set free.

Learning to Communicate With Employees

Cal McAllister’s staff was unhappy and confused, and he had to take responsibility.

Coping With a Natural Disaster

Corey Russ’s business was nearly destroyed by a tornado--but that didn’t mean he couldn’t help his neighbors.

Surviving a Really Bad Year

Everything that could go wrong for Greg Nemeth did. He and his company survived.

Confessions of a Former Entrepreneur

Sam Yagan sold OkCupid to for a ton of money. Why is he feeling so antsy?

How One Company Got Very Hot, Very Briefly

Andrey Ternovskiy founded Chatroulette from his bedroom in Moscow. It became infamous; he became suspicious.

Buying Back the Company

Being owned by eBay was making StumbleUpon sleepy, Garrett Camp concluded. He knew how to fix that.  

Dealing With an IPO Nightmare

Dale Ball took his company public, lost control of it, then was shown the door. He talks about his lessons learned.

Staying Dedicated to His Mission

How Demetrius Walker’s apparel company became a record label.

14 Tales of Unexpected Success

Fourteen company builders talk about their successes, their failures, and the lessons they learned along the way.

How I Did It: Raymond Damadian

He invented the MRI device—then came the hard part.

How I Did It: Remo Belli

Remo Belli shares how he went from playing the drums to selling them to musicians (and nonmusicians).

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