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Jessica Alba/The Honest Company
Alba started The Honest Company after discovering her own baby had broken into a diaper made with toxic chemicals. Honest products range from infant-safe sunscreen to baby clothes. Alba spoke with Inc.com about the challenge of starting a company from scratch. Her advice: "Surround yourself with experts in your field of interest and ask questions,” she says. “Learn from them. After gaining as much knowledge as you can about the marketplace and the business opportunity, you should then target partners who can help you convert your idea into something tangible. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and try to build a team that complements your skill set." In March, the company announced it raised $27 million in venture capital.