Pierre Schurmann

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10 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories of 2017

From sudden illness to conspiracy theories, these entrepreneurs have lived through it all.

Entrepreneurship

The Untold Story of How Massive Success Made GoPro's CEO Lose His Way. Can He Recover? | Inc.com

Nick Woodman is crying.<p>Red-tailed hawks wheel around the sky outside the wall of windows of the GoPro founder's hilltop office in San Mateo, California. A few miles east and far below, the San Francisco Bay twinkles in the late-September light. Mementos of a life spent surfing around the world, …

Drones

Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire | Inc.com

It's a beautiful day in his neighborhood, and Ben Chestnut is thinking about pain.<p>Late-afternoon sun is shining on Atlanta's BeltLine, an abandoned train track converted into a green pedestrian path. Children cluster at a cart selling small-batch raspberry-lime Popsicles. Commuters swarm past on …

Small Business

Inside the Revolution at Etsy

The first time Josh Silverman addressed the staff of Etsy as their newly installed chief executive, he tried to connect with a work force known for its diversity, idealism and sincerity.<p>“Hello,” he said. “My name is Josh. I identify as male. My preferred pronouns are ‘him’ and ‘he.’ Most people …

Sacrosanct

How this woman grew her startup from zero to $58 million in three years

Susan Tynan's favorite bit of advice when asked for words of entrepreneurial wisdom is this: Ignore the well-meaning naysayers who tell you your idea can't be done.<p>Tynan is the founder and CEO of Framebridge, an internet custom framing startup. Founded in 2014, she has raised nearly $37 million …

Startups

A startup founder who let his employees drive his Tesla just sold his billion dollar company — and he credits these 5 'mistakes'

Ten years ago, I was a nerdy college grad with a 2.2 GPA and no real clue what I wanted to do with my life.<p>Then, I started and ran my own company, which became a "unicorn," valued at more than a billion dollars, and was, this week, acquired in the kind of massive, life-changing deal every …

Time I

How these Founders Pivoted from a Failing Startup at the Last Minute and Created a Million-Dollar Business | Inc.com

"Make better decisions with feedback from real people."<p>This mission lies at the core of User Interviews, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts that gives consumers a platform to voice their opinions on new and innovative products--while getting paid for their time.<p>User Interviews isn't the first …

Startups

This CEO Built A Network Powering Over $700M In Small Business Transactions

Small to mid-size companies combine to account for a staggering GDP shortfall of $2 trillion, resulting from untapped and underutilized business potential.<p>Looking to help companies crack into this massive revenue opportunity while driving transactions for businesses of all scales across industries, …

Small Business

AppDynamics founder Jyoti Bansal wastes little time launching a new company

You couldn’t blame AppDynamics co-founder Jyoti Bansal if he took some time off after selling his company to Cisco for a cool $3.7 billion in January. But Bansal is an entrepreneur and he didn’t stop to enjoy the moment. Instead, he did what entrepreneurs do — he looked for a new problem to solve. …

Startups

Lyft's cofounder didn't take a salary for 3 years and slept on a couch in an 'apartfice' before his company was worth $11 billion

There was a time in Lyft cofounder John Zimmer's life when sleeping in a full bed was a "major upgrade."<p>Zimmer and his cofounder, Logan Green, had been living in a Silicon Valley space that served as both apartment and office. They called it the "apartfice," and Zimmer slept on the couch. They …

Startups

While Amazon and Microsoft battle in the cloud wars, this startup quietly built a $175 million business by picking up their slack

There's a war raging in the cloud as the leader, Amazon Web Services, defends its $16 billion business from the rise of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The battleground: Lucrative customer deals with Fortune 500 companies.<p>That battle has created opportunity for DigitalOcean— a New York-based …

Startups

How The Founders Of Postmates, SeatGeek And Other Next Billion-Dollar Startups Designed Their Company Cultures

From raising capital to building an incredible team, the life of a founder is jampacked, especially if their startup is “a unicorn-to-be.” These startup CEOs must prioritize urgent and deadline-driven tasks that immediately impact output and their bottom line. But they can’t afford to push …

Startups

4 Secrets Behind The 300% Growth Of This $4.2 Billion Founder's Latest Startup | Inc.com

What happens when a top executive at a startup goes to work for the big company that acquired it? Usually, the executive stays long enough to get their cash and then bolts. Sometimes, that executive stays for years and ultimately gets so disgusted with how the new owner is ruining their startup, …

Startups

The incredible life of Mike Birch, the Brit who sold Bebo for $850 million before buying it back for $1 million

Three years after it was founded, in March 2008, the British entrepreneur sold Bebo to US tech giant AOL for $850 million (£650 million), instantly making him one of the richest tech entrepreneurs in the UK.<p>Bebo started to struggle shortly after the acquisition amidst increasing competition from …

Startups

CEO David Darmanin on How He Grew Hotjar to $9.4 Million a Year by Letting His Fully Remote Team Manage Themselves

In less than three years, David Darmanin’s user research and analytics startup, Hotjar, went from a nine-month beta to a public product with a <b>$9.4</b> …

ZipRecruiter’s CEO on Building a $150+ Million Business from the Ground Up

I recently sat down with Ian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter, a data-driven hiring marketplace for employers and job seekers. As we talked …

Product Management

How to Develop a Killer Content Strategy for a Startup with No Budget

Are you frustrated with content marketing?You know you want to create content, but maybe you lack the budget you think you need to develop a strong …

Marketing

The rapid rise of banking app Monzo: 'Zuckerberg would turn up and talk about everything that went wrong'

There’s a scene in the 2010 film about the early days of Facebook The Social Network in which successful start-up founder Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, offers a young Mark Zuckerberg and his business partner some words of wisdom.<p>As they’re trying to decide whether to cash out and accept …

5 years ago, 2 roommates launched TheSkimm, a newsletter now read by 5 million people and former presidents — here's how they hustled to success

<i>TheSkimm launched five years ago, on July 21 2012. Business Insider wrote the first article on the company ever. We sat down with founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg a few months ago to catch up on their last few years. They explained (the incredibly hard) way they launched and grew the</i> …

Startups

The lunch that led Atlassian to spend $577m on Trello and made Michael Pryor part of the team

When well-respected US tech entrepreneur Michael Pryor received an email lunch invite out of the blue from Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes …

Twilio: The Inside Story with Jeff Lawson, CEO/Co Founder (Video + Transcript)

Most of us have heard of Twilio, but we’re using it the platform a lot more than we realize. Thanks to Twilio, you’re able to do things like make a …

Product Management

Farfetch founder José Neves tells WIRED how he built the $1.5 billion fashion platform

José Neves, CEO and founder of Farfetch, launched his omni-channel e-commerce designer-fashion platform just before the crash of 2007. Amid tough …

Lehman Brothers

The founders of Robinhood, a no-fee stock-trading app, were initially rejected by 75 venture capitalists — now their startup is worth $1.3 billion

It's hard getting funding for a startup, but it's even harder when the product doesn't exist yet, still requires regulatory approval, and is being launched during a recession.<p>But after 75 investor pitches, the founders of a commission-free stock-trading app, Robinhood, found a few willing venture …

Startups

Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and it’s possible to overdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is “how do I get a VC to back my startup?” These founders aren’t worried about how overcapitalization will make their IPO prospects …

Startups

From Founding to Funding to Acquisition

When Jon Brelig and I co-founded InfoScout in 2011, we had visions of grandeur in our heads, but we really had no idea just how grand our startup …

San Francisco

How One App Built a Community of 24 Million Wine Drinkers (and Raised $37 Million in Venture Capital) | Inc.com

Seven years ago, Heini Zachariassen wanted to create an online wine community that would simplify the wine selection process. At the time, the complexity of choosing a new wine was overwhelming for the average shopper--so he wanted to create a space in which wine drinkers could share …

Venture Capital

The incredible life of Mike Lynch, the Cambridge academic who sold his search startup to HP for $11 billion

Described as Britain's Bill Gates by The Sunday Times, Lynch has been under the spotlight ever since he sold his big data company, Autonomy, to HP for $11.7 billion (£8.7 billion).<p>Following the acquisition, HP sued Lynch for fraud, alleging that he inflated Autonomy's revenues by $700 million (£552 …

Bill Gates

How One Founder Bootstrapped His Startup to $30 Million in Just 2 Years | Inc.com

Startups

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