Welcome to the 227th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor in chief, James Ledbetter.

First, senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin discusses how Jen Rubio, the co-founder of trendy suitcase startup Away, built a billion-dollar company. Rubio's path wasn't easy--at one point, a controversy threatened to sink the business entirely--but Away has sold more than a million suitcases and estimates 2019 revenue will hit $300 million. 

Christine also dives into the founding story of Health-Ade, a kombucha startup created by Daina Trout, Justin Trout, and Vanessa Dew. The drink was originally just a byproduct of the founders' experiments to develop a hair-growing treatment. Now, according to Daina Trout, Health-Ade the fastest-growing refrigerated beverage brand in the country.

Finally, I talk about Chirps, a startup that's hoping Americans will eat bugs. Chirps sells chips made with cricket powder, giving the snack an added boost of protein. While many consumers may be apprehensive about snacking on insects, it's clear that alternative-protein foods like these are on the rise. 

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