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How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

How I Did It: The 2007 Inc. 500

Inc.'s popular How I Did It feature, times 11. A cross section of the Inc. 500 leaders talk business.

How I Did It: Kenneth Feld, CEO, Feld Entertainment

He hires fire-eaters and acrobats! He breeds elephants! Plus this daring feat: As boss of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Ken Feld turned a castoff circus into a $750 million production company.

How I Did It: Jerome Boykin, Owner, JB Sweeping Service

Hurricane Katrina left Jerome Boykin jobless and aimless. Now he runs a growing cleaning business. How visiting a shopping mall parking lot changed everything.

How I Did It: William Wang, CEO, Vizio

When the founder of TV-maker Vizio--soon to be a $2 billion company--says it’s not about the money, believe him. Surviving a fiery plane crash gives a man some perspective.

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.


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