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How Chef April Bloomfield Turned Perfect Food Into a Business Model

Chef and co-owner of The Spotted Pig April Bloomfield talks about beating the odds in the restaurant business and why you should never settle for anything less than perfection.

Birchbox's Co-Founder on the Best Way to Measure Customer Happiness

Hayley Barna shares her tips for how keep a close eye on customer satisfaction at all times.

How littleBits' Ayah Bdeir Makes Complex Technology Simple

LittleBits founder Ayah Bdeir explains the huge potential of tiny, magnetic modules and why everyone should be an inventor.

Techstars' David Cohen on the Truth About the VC Shortage

The co-founder of Techstars weighs in on the debate over how much venture capital the startup community needs.

How Birchbox Threw Traditional Retail Out the Window

Birchbox co-founder Hayley Barna talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about the 'surprise and delight' business model and her best advice for entrepreneurs.

Techstars' David Cohen on How to Get the Most Out of Accelerators

The co-founder of Techstars discusses some of the common misconceptions about startup accelerator programs.

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: This Mistake Will Get You Called Out on Social Media

Dennis Crowley talks about the costly mistake too many brands make when trying to engage consumers.

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Don't Be Sketchy With User Data

The Foursquare co-founder explains how entrepreneurs can avoid raising privacy concerns with their customers.

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Follow This Advice Before Selling Your Company

Dennis Crowley shares the one question all entrepreneurs should ask themselves before exiting a startup.

Toms' Blake Mycoskie on the Revolution Coming to Retail

The shoe company's founder explains why brick and mortar stores are due for a major makeover.

Where Ideas Come to Life: The Story Behind Invention Industry Disruptor Quirky

Ben Kaufman, founder of Quirky, an online community of aspiring inventors, shares insight on the future of invention and best practices for creators.

Toms' Blake Mycoskie on the Mistake Too Many Entrepreneurs Make

The shoe entrepreneur explains why many business owners shouldn't partner with large retailers.

Toms' Blake Mycoskie on What Makes a Great Brand Story

The shoe company's founder explains why the Toms business model has resonated so strongly with consumers.

Behind ZocDoc's Multimillion-Dollar Health Care Business, a Literal Pain Point

Cyrus Massoumi, founder of ZocDoc, an online medical care scheduler, talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about the motivation for his company, the importance of early feedback, and the benefits of calculated growth.

How 2 Hobbyists Are Becoming Masters of Craft Brewing

Ben and John Saller turned their passion for brewing craft beer into a popular local business, Atlas Brewing Co., and now they're ready to take their brand to the next level.

What Toms's Blake Mycoskie Has Learned About Disruption

The shoe company's founder talks about a valuable lesson learned.

MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Exits, Big Goals, and 'Getting an Iron Man Workshop'

MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis explains why he left MakerBot, how he's launching Bold Machines, and the future of 3D printing.

Pay Close Attention to the Man Behind TOMS Shoes

Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about starting a mission-based business, the challenges of manufacturing globally, and how he learned-- the hard way--that shoes are best sold in boxes, not bags.

Techstars' Founder Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators

Techstars founder David Cohen sat down with Inc.'s Scott Gerber to discuss the hidden benefits of accelerators, how to get accepted to one, and what he sees for the future of tech talent.

The Evolution of Predictive, Personalized Technology

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about his experiences founding companies, lessons from selling a business to Google, and why the future belongs to personalized search.

Pandora's Tim Westergren on Turning Doubters Into Customers

The founder of the personal radio giant talks to Inc. about the importance of addressing every single customer complaint.

Mario Batali on Lessons From His Biggest Failure

The celebrity chef talks about avoiding the pitfalls of the restaurant industry in a conversation with Founders Forum.

Angie's List Founder: Why Waiting Is Key to Smart Growth

Angie Hicks explains why her company waited years before expanding its product offerings.

How to Own Your Market: Tips From FUBU's Daymond John

The clothing line's founder talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about finding customers in unlikely places.

The Tricky Business of Bringing a Great Product to Market

Behance co-founder Scott Belsky explains the art of cutting the right corners in the early days of your startup.

Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal: 3 Simple Tips for Building Great Brands

Warby Parker's CEO and co-founder explains three no-brainer steps the eyeglass retailer took that helped the brand become what it is today.

Marc Ecko on the Art of Showing Customers You Care

Fashion designer and entrepreneur Marc Ecko explains the importance of mastering the "emotional transaction" with customers.

Scott Borchetta: Dynamic Leadership in a Chaotic Market Wins

Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta sat down with Inc.'s Burt Helm to discuss how your business should jettison staid plans and craft marketing messages that cut through the noise.

Reddit's Co-founder on Adapting Your Business Model

Get a jump on adapting to new technologies by building them yourself.

How to Build a Company After Losing $3.5 Billion

CFS2 founder Bill Bartmann has more than a few words of wisdom for how to succeed after failing miserably.

What Angel Investors Really Want to Know

You want to tell them why your idea is brilliant, right? Here's what investors really want to hear you talk about.

Arianna Huffington on Why Entrepreneurs Make Bad Decisions

The HuffPo founder shares some "performance-enhancing" lessons from her book, "Thrive."

From Zero to $100 Million IPO in 6 Years

Chip Paucek, co-founder of the online education company 2U, on what it takes to set up your company for fast, sustainable growth.

A Lesson On the Value of Being Semi-Disruptive

2U, an online education company, doesn't want to reinvent college (or destroy it). But it does want to change it, and its IPO suggests it's on to something.

How Smarter Technology Can Improve Your Business

2U CEO Chip Paucek talks to Inc.'s Scott Gerber about how you can create bigger opportunities, sculpt a better company culture, and make your business more successful.

When Being Unpredictable Is Your Best Business Strategy

Taco Bell has the waffle taco, Starbucks has a new diner, and TGI Fridays is going upscale. The unconventional offerings show how effective it can be to diverge from what your company is known for.

What Can Mindfulness Do For You?

Some argue that workaholism is necessary for entrepreneurs. I disagree.

Arianna Huffington: What Lying in a Pool of Blood Taught Me

The HuffPo founder and entrepreneurial superstar says that in order to achieve more we all need to sleep more.

The Wake-Up Call That Helped Arianna Huffington Learn to Thrive

Famed entrepreneur Arianna Huffington reveals how burning the candle from both ends forced her to realign her priorities.

How Shutterstock Used Data to Cut Staff Commutes

How the stock photo company found the perfect office space and cut employees' commutes by 4,500 minutes a week--all with the help of Big Data.

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