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How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

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).

How I Did It: Eileen Gittins, Founder of Blurb

In spite of digital platforms, Blurb has found success letting customers design and publish professional-quality books.

How I Did It: Eileen Fisher

Fashion’s un-diva never forgets what her customers want: simple, timeless styles.

How I Did It: John Vechey, Founder of PopCap

How a small company is capturing a big audience in the casual gaming market.

How I Did It: Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals

A cosmetics queen and her loyal fans

How I Did It: Bob Moore, Bob's Red Mill

Bob Moore was a middle-aged retiree when he launched his second career. He nurtured it into a $70 million business -- and then gave it away to his employees.

How I Did It: Jerry Murrell, Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Along with his sons, Jerry Murrell of Five Guys Burgers and Fries built a 570-store chain that enjoys a cult following.

How I Did It: Omniture's Josh James

He built a Web analytics company into a powerhouse, then sold it to Adobe for $1.8 billion.

How I Did It: Arianna Huffington

The founder of the Huffington Post on the business of creating a platform of 4,000 opinionmakers.

How I Did It: Rob Dyrdek

Rob Dyrdek of MTV's Fantasy Factory chronicles his rise from a teenage skateboarder in Ohio to a "skatetrepreneur" now at the helm of an entertainment and fashion empire.

How I Did It: Ralph Braun of BraunAbility

Bound to a wheelchair but not confined by it, he built a $200 million empire.

How I Did It: Stan Lee of Marvel Comics

The creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men talks about how he has stayed creative for more than 60 years.

How I Did It: Wolfgang Puck

The famed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck of Spago in Hollywood reveals how he built his culinary empire

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