Dear Future Entrepreneur: The Inc 500s' Messages to the Future

Robert X. Fogarty
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Stephen Mills
Founder and CEO, Aqiwo

"Business is about testing your boundaries," says Stephen Mills. When he founded his company, he envisioned a simple IT help desk. Now, Aqiwo—which means "shooting star" in Chumash, the language of Mills's Native American heritage—has top-secret facility clearance and does nuclear forensics and cybersecurity for a variety of government clients. "Did I ever have the training? No," Mills says. "Open Pandora's box and start something you may not know the answer to."