How I Did It

Personal and sometimes emotional entrepreneur stories.

How I Did It: R. Donahue Peebles

R. Donahue Peebles built the largest African American-owned real estate development firm in the U.S. by mastering the art of taking risk -- but not too much risk.

How I Did It: David Blumenthal

The family yarn business was just getting by until knitting became cool (perhaps you've seen Gangsta Knitter?). Now it's on its way to becoming a $200 million success.

How I Did It: Randy Slager

Former Army officer Randy Slager has two goals: continue expanding his $30 million IT company and keep knocking down walls that prevent disabled veterans from achieving entrepreneurial success.

How I Did It: Chip Davis

The music business didn't particularly want him. The feeling was mutual.

How I Did It: Caroline Hirsch

From Jerry Seinfeld to Jay Leno, scores of standup comics have cut their teeth on the stage that Caroline Hirsch built.

How I Did It: Gregg Buchbinder

And sometimes your market finds you.

How I Did It: Amber Chand

Fleeing Uganda, Amber Chand came to the U.S. and built Eziba, a company that provides a creative and business outpost for artisans in war-torn nations.

How I Did It: Gloria Pink

Gloria Pink, of the famous Pink's, gives reasons Angelenos of all stations will wait an hour for a hot dog.

How I Did It: Jeff Goodby

To save his ad agency, Jeff Goodby sold to a holding company. Fortunately, he also managed not to sell out.

How I Did It: John Zogby

John Zogby backed into his career as a pollster, and for a time had to cede the national spotlight to bigger names. Now he has his sights on becoming the Gallup of his generation.

How I Did It: Michael Powell

Rather than open a used-book store, Michael Powell decided to start a business selling used books. That entrepreneurial point of view launched him on a path that ended in Portland, Oreg., with an enormous flagship store that's become a city landmark and tourist destination. And he still sells used books.

How I Did It: Howard Rubenstein

Howard Rubenstein is PR's top dog, a man who represents the corporate and the celebrated, a neat combination of blue chips and black eyes.

How I Did It: DailyCandy's Dany Levy (2004 Interview)

From the Inc. archives, a look at how Dany Levy married the immediacy of the Internet to the ephemera of what's hot to create one sweet, and profitable, company.

How I Did It: Roxanne Quimby

Building a company has been a lesson in balancing ambition and compromise for the co-founder of Burt's Bees.

How I Did It: Kevin Plank of Under Armour (2003 Column)

For the founder of apparel-maker Under Armour, entrepreneurship is 99% perspiration and 1% polyester.

How I Did It: Luring the Hip to Arkansas

Enticing urban ad types to Arkansas has much to do with Wal-Mart and something to do with cool.

How I Did It: When Civil Rights Came to My Box Office

A Memphis businessman recalls how his chain of movie theaters prepared for integration in the Jim Crow-era South.

How I Did It: One Woman, 1,000 Freelancers

Nobody manages contractors better than Denise Russell, who works with some 1,000 freelancers.

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