15 Years of Inc.com

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An Acquisition

In June 2006, Joe Mansueto, an entrepreneur himself, bought Inc. and Fast Company for about $35 million. "This is purely a personal investment for me," Mansueto told MarketWatch back in 2006. "I see it as a contrarian investment in an out-of-favor industry—the publishing business—which is the middle of a slump. It's everything I like in an investment. It's two great brands, a very strong management team, loyal customers and readers."