Magazine Issue
October 1 2017
Inc.3 min readEntrepreneurship
Women Rock Florida’s Business Scene
It was smooth sailing for Kay Stephenson, co-founder and CEO of Datamaxx Group, for her first 10 years in business. Her company provides secure communications services to law enforcement and security companies—and competition from bigger companies wa
Inc.2 min readEntrepreneurship
Women Founders, Women Leaders
YOU CANNOT READ THIS month’s special report on women entrepreneurs and fail to be reminded—as if anyone in 2017 needed reminding—that there is no gender to creativity, determination, and guts. The report, which starts on page 71, singles out more tha
Inc.3 min readTech
Market Like a Local
Many local businesses don’t quite dial in their online marketing. To boost store visits and sales, try these strategies
Inc.3 min read
The Right Niche
Starting a company based on a market niche is a particular risk. You stake your business on the belief that there are people out there who share the passion, need, or problem that inspired your product—and who are also willing to pay for it. These five founders took that risk, creating companies that exploit a slice of an existing market that was ripe for innovation and a fresh approach. Turns out they were right. We welcome these first-time members of the Inc. 5000, who prove that sometimes a niche can turn out to be a whole lot bigger than you ever dreamed.
Inc.3 min readTech
Don’t Get Burned Chasing the Hottest Technology
Thomas Goetz IMAGINE YOU’RE 60 YEARS OLD and take several prescriptions every day. Blue pill, red pill, a couple of white pills, each at a different hour. Patients, particularly older ones, often fail to take their meds—it’s a serious health issue.
Inc.4 min readEntrepreneurship
Be Smart About Being Charitable
COELI CARR BRYAN ZMIJEWSKI DISCOVERED shortly after he launched Zurb, a digital design firm in Campbell, California, that his company’s pro bono efforts were being stymied by red tape. His solution? A dynamic blitz of volunteerism called Zurb Wired,
Inc.3 min read
Tackling Concussions
In the competition to field a safer football helmet, a startup from Seattle is the first to score
Inc.12 min read
Wrestling With ESPN
HOW THE BROTHERS BEHIND THE SCRAPPY STARTUP FLOSPORTS ARE GOING BIG BY GOING SMALL. FOR NOW, AT LEAST
Inc.3 min read
Going Global A Founder’s Big Bet
LEIGH BUCHANAN BY 2013, EYAL LEVY HAD SPENT four years building Nashua, New Hampshire–based Yogibo into a successful fun-and-friendly lifestyle brand centered on its body-hugging beanbag chairs. The Japanese market tempted him. How could he expand t
Inc.3 min read
Taking Advantage of Crowdfunding’s New Rules
Norm Brodsky THE CROWDFUNDING PHENOMENON has been fascinating to watch, but it never seemed relevant to any of my businesses, until now. There’s a new form of crowdfunding being led by companies such as GrowthFountain that has been made possible by
Inc.3 min read
Amarillo: At the Intersection of Tradition & Inspiration
When most people think of Amarillo, Texas, images of prairies, oil wells, cows, and tumbleweed come to mind. How they ought to be thinking of Amarillo – now Texas’ 14th-largest city – is as a place where innovation, creativity, and business thrive.
Inc.2 min read
A HEALTHY BOTTOM LINE: Like a Breath of Fresh Air
Father and son duo Jeff and Jon Bennert never intended to build a multimillion-dollar global air purifier business out of Amarillo, Texas.
Inc.2 min read
RISK MANAGEMENT REDEFINED: Amarillo’s Fairly Group is Disrupting the Industry
“The traditional approach to managing risk has been to sell insurance,” says Alex Fairly, president of Amarillo’s Fairly Group, a company that is reshaping how large companies view, and manage, risk.
Inc.4 min readEntrepreneurship
Set Your Own Salary
VICTORIA FINKLE WHEN ELIZABETH SOPHER and Caroline Portis decided to commit full time to their Denver-based bedding business, QuickZip, they knew pay cuts were in order. As established professionals in their 50s—Sopher was an environmental scientist
Inc.3 min readTech
What Do VCs Want?
VICTORIA FINKLE BUZZY AND GLAMOROUS, VENTURE FUNDING is also nearly impossible to get—but maybe you’re ready to take on that challenge. “You have to kiss a lot of frogs,” warns Steve Kaplan, a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the Univers
Inc.9 min read
Green Machine
Tossed-salad star Sweetgreen gives Inc. an exclusive, in-depth look at its secret weapon: the small farms and food suppliers that fill its hip, healthy bowls
Inc.3 min read
One Cure for Your Health Care Headache
Helaine Olen HEALTH INSURANCE MAY BE ONE of the hot-button issues of 2017, but it’s long been a source of frustration for small-business owners. Figuring out what you want to provide to employees, what you’re legally required to offer, and how much
Inc.7 min readTech
They Had Game-Changing Ideas. They Took on Entrenched Industries. They Persisted
POLINA RAYGORODSKAYA WANDERU Designing a high-tech solution for a thorny problem: making bus and train travel as effortless as flying HAVING THREE DISTINCT CAREERS by the time you’re 25 sounds ridiculous, unless you’ve been reinventing yourself si
Inc.9 min readEntrepreneurship
The New New Girls’ Club
ALL-FEMALE CO-WORKING SPACES AND NETWORKING GROUPS OFFER A LOT TO INSTAGRAM. BUT WILL THEY CHANGE THE EQUATION FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS?
Inc.4 min read
The Next Wave
The entrepreneurs redefining technology, business models—and what it means to be a woman founder
Inc.3 min readEntrepreneurship
To Grow the Economy, Support Female Founders
World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim says one of the quickest ways to end poverty is increasing the ranks of female entrepreneurs. The U.S. should pay attention to the breakthroughs happening in the developing world
Inc.13 min readEntrepreneurship
The Woman Who Broke the Code
THE SILICON VALLEY GENDER NARRATIVE IS FIRMLY ENTRENCHED: WOMEN DON’T GET COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREES AND DON’T START SUCCESSFUL TECH COMPANIES. DON’T TELL THERESE TUCKER ANY OF THAT
Inc.2 min readEntrepreneurship
Cynthia Rowley
Though her name is synonymous with fashion design, her work now ranges from developing office supplies to supporting new entrepreneurs