What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur in America? Heck, let's get even more specific: What does it take to be a successful woman entrepreneur in America? 

Over the past year, Inc. has worked to identify, profile, and share the stories of the most impressive women entrepreneurs of our age. The result? Inc.'s Female Founders 100, which is being unveiled today for the first time.

It's an impressive list of serial entrepreneurs, household names, and women whose accomplishments you might not realize until you see them right in front of you. In almost every possible field, from self-driving A.I. to cannabis to recruiting to makeup to credit reporting, they're building empires.

If you want to be inspired, or even just have your eyes opened a little bit, check it out. It's an encouraging list of achievers.

Speaking of highly successful women ...

Here's what some successful women are up against. Donna Strickland, a Canadian associate professor, was named a Nobel Prize winner in physics this week, the first woman to receive the award in 55 years.

How unrecognized was she prior to this? So much so that in March, Wikipedia refused to approve a page for her, according to Leyland Cecco in The Guardian.

The reports of Geoffrey's death are greatly exaggerated

It won't happen in time for the holiday season this year, but Toys "R" Us will be back in business in 2019, if its plans don't go astray.

I wrote yesterday about why all entrepreneurs should be happy about this: Its founder, the late Charles Lazarus, is an unsung hero; the company is his memorial.

A new recruiting tool you've probably never imagined

Unemployment is at a record low, but companies like Kroger have to hire hundreds of people every day.

One of the company's secrets: unusual perks, such as student-loan forgiveness and college-application coaching for the children of employees--a service that can cost as much as $40,000 on the outside, wrote Te-Ping Chen in The Wall Street Journal.

Never log in with Facebook?

Yes, it's convenient for your users to click that blue "login with Facebook" button.

But when Facebook winds up hacked, as happened last week, wrote Farhad Manjoo in The New York Timesdo you want to risk access to your site as well?

The Rube Goldberg of YouTube

Are the incredibly complex machines that Joseph Herscher creates to accomplish mundane tasks functionally useless? Well, not if you include the fun that millions of people have gotten out of watching them on YouTube, wrote Angela Watercutter on Wired. Bonus: The catchy little French musical vignettes at the end.