In early 2004, some of the frost left behind by the dot-com bust had begun to melt away. And though funding for tech start-ups was nowhere near the stratospheric levels of 2018, the year would come to be known as one that defined the modern social Web. That February, Mark Zuckerberg launched TheFacebook.com out of his Harvard dorm room. Ev Williams left Google to found Odeo, the precursor to Twitter. And Paul Graham, an entrepreneur in Cambridge, devised a way to fix the Internet.
Graham and his then-girlfriend, Jessica Livingston, a marketing executive, contributed $100,000 to what Graham had dubbed his “little experiment”—a way to give scrappy teams of programmers a leg up, outside the venture-capital churn of Silicon Valley. …. Read more
Sunday Review: Reddit and the God Emperor of the Internet. What happens to The_Donald on Reddit when Mr. Trump is no longer running?
Catching a diploma mill salesperson in the act: "Higher Ed Without the 'Ed.'"
Checking out what happens when computer-science majors design a curriculum for students who hate math and science: "Kitchen Chemistry for Middle Schoolers."
Creating a Company Culture That Crosses Borders
Russian annexed this company's Crimean office. President Obama put sanctions on it. And things weren't looking sunny in New York City, either. Today it tops Inc.'s Winning Workplaces list. Meet the woman who put the joy back in Arkadium.
More Than 150 Companies Are Hoping This Woman Can Fix Their Diversity Problems
Leanne Pittsford set out to create a radically inclusive tech organization. Now she's ready to take Lesbians Who Tech to the next level.
How This 'Brilliantly Batsh*t Crazy' Founder Turned $1,500 Into a $1 Billion Bicycle Business
A cycling company's founder has learned enough to know that analytics can't beat putting yourself in the rider's seat.
How Carhartt Engineered Ageless Cool, and Won Fans From Skateboarders to Barack Obama
Carhartt clothing was designed for railway workers and adopted by rappers and skaters. Its rugged, reliable, made-in-America appeal is still spreading. And the company itself is on its fifth generation of family leadership.
Even Executives at Voice-Recognition Companies Are a Little Freaked Out About Their Kids Using the Technology
The people building new AI audio technologies explained to me their fears about their families interacting with robots, being recorded, and disclosing personal information.
The Humans Behind Cards Against Humanity
Eight high-school friends who created a profane, hilarious game are all grown up, and have a thriving business. It has grossed millions. Only none of its creators is quitting his day job. What gives?
How a Rogue Team Secretly Built Uber's Latest Project Over a Weekend
What happens when you have an idea, but it's not in the workflow? Here's how an enterprising team at Uber dreamed up the company's latest product, and got the idea off the ground.
From a Slum in Delhi to a $45 Million Venture-Backed Startup
This teen runaway has risen up from very humble times. But that wasn't his biggest challenge.
Nice Baby You've Got There! Let's Strap a Wearable on Her
The movement-tracking, data-caching quantified-self movement now wants to crawl into your baby's crib. To snuggle with him while he's sleeping. And get into his diapers. Seriously.
How Pop's Shop Became A $30 Million Business In Just Three Generations
A fast-growing online retailer began life long ago as a tiny storefront on Mulberry Street. Meet the enterprising family that saved its patriarch's Newark Nut Company.
Phil Libin, the cofounder of Evernote, is now a venture capitalist. He spills his pet peeves about startups that pitch him--and explains that he wants to hear how you'll change the world for the better. (From the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Inc.)
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Martin Skrelli’s Publicist
Martin Shkreli's former spokesman Mike Kulich tells Inc. exclusively how he intentionally fanned the flames to keep the world's eyes on his 'pharma bro' client. Welcome to the weird new era of crisis PR.
Candy Crush's Guru
Tommy Palm, a five-time startup founder who helped fuel King's wild success in the video game industry, explains how he thinks an effective company should run--and the technologies of the future he'd bet on.
A Guantanamo Bay Lawyer
A human-rights representative of prisoners explains the evolving law of detaining accused terrorists.
Elon Musk’s Cousin
What Solar City's CEO Really Thinks About Climate Change and His Cousin Elon Musk
Lyndon Rive speaks his mind about entrepreneurship, sustainable energy, how an oddball hobby kept him in America--and what movie makes him think about his cousin Elon.
The CEO Who Wants to Take Down Amazon
Amazon has a new competitor called Jet.com. Its founder wants to build a meaningful company culture--while undercutting everyone else on the internet in price. Here's his strategy.
A Diploma Mill Phone Representative
As part of an investigation into diploma mills, I found out how the companies make money--by taking their bait, and learning how much a no-school-required "doctorate" costs.
How Alexis Ohanian Built a Front Page of the Internet
Reddit, created by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, was one of the first start-ups out of the Y Combinator program to be acquired, making Ohanian a 23-year-old multimillionaire. Here's how he did it.
The Entrepreneur Behind Aereo
Chet Kanojia is an audacious leader, to say the least. This profile is an examination of the personal history that led to Kanojia's unique management style.
The Great URL Wars
High stakes. False identities. Cloak-and-dagger tactics. What some founders did to score their Web addresses.
Why I Love Giving Second Chances--to People and Machines
Michael Dadashi uses his electronics resale business to save lives, literally, by hiring recovering alcoholics to work for his company.
How Jessica Scorpio Fought the Law--and Won
The founder of Getaround explains how she got the insurance that would put her company in business--by actually writing the law that allowed its sale.
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This profile of Uber founder Travis Kalanick for Inc. magazine was the first that ran in a major, general-interest publication. It also delves into the complex regulatory environment Uber was entering in 2013.