Josh Neblett, Sarah Wollnick, and Tom Simpson
An online retailer of eco-friendly products in Spokane, Washington
How they met:
Neblett and Wollnick, a married couple, took Simpson's entrepreneurship course at Gonzaga University. The professor had purchased the domain name GreenCupboards.com to use in the classroom. "I went up to him after class and said Sarah and I would like to run with that domain," says Neblett.
Why the partnership works:
Simpson is chairman and stays out of day-to-day operations. Neblett handles culture and strategy, while Wollnick manages supplier relationships.
How they resolve conflict:
"I am the boss at work, and she's the boss at home," says Neblett. Simpson plays the role of mentor, offering his advice gleaned from years of working with start-ups.
From the September 2013 issue of Inc. magazine