How I Did It

How I Did It: Percy Sutton, Chairman Emeritus, Inner City Broadcasting

Talk about a man in full. Percy Sutton has been a stunt pilot, an intelligence officer, Malcolm X's lawyer, and a powerful politician. And also a media mogul, an investor, and even, in his eighties, a technology executive.

How I Did It: Howard Dahl, President and CEO, Amity Technology

Negotiating with commissars. Bartering for payment. Surviving the crash of the ruble.

How I Did It: Philip Rosedale, CEO, Linden Lab

"Second Life was just unfundable," says the man who dreamed up this virtual world. Funny how things change when you give people the ability to fly. Now everyone, including businesses of all sizes, wants a piece.

How I Did It: Philip Rosedale, CEO, Linden Lab

"Second Life was just unfundable," says the man who dreamed up this virtual world. Funny how things change when you give people the ability to fly. Now everyone, including businesses of all sizes, wants a piece.

How I Did It: Michael Sitrick, Chairman and CEO, Sitrick and Co.

You're getting buried in the press? You can't get your side of the story out? For business leaders and celebrities alike, Michael Sitrick is the PR man who makes things right.

How I Did It: Nancy Traversy, Founder and CEO, Barefoot Books

Kids are really smart, says the owner of Barefoot Books. And big bookstore chains are stupid. After 13 years in independent publishing, Nancy Traversy definitely has some stories.

How I Did It: The 2006 Inc. 500

Inc.'s popular How I Did It feature, times 11. The leaders of Inc. 500 companies from a breadth of industries talk about their paths to success.