Entrepreneurship

Tyson’s bare-knuckles businessman

March 8, 2011
Donald J. Tyson was an entrepreneur with a vision when he dropped out of college and built his father’s Arkansas chicken business into one of the world’s largest producers of poultry, beef and pork. But his risk-taking style often led him to the limits of the law—or just beyond. Where he got it right:

Under Armour’s road to sweat equity

February 15, 2011

For Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, the journey to leadership began with a vexing problem he had personally experienced: As a walk-on player with the University of Maryland football team, he perspired a lot. So, after he finished playing with the team, he decided to find a solution to his sweat problem. His mission: to create a no-drip T-shirt.

Ben Franklin: The ultimate Renaissance man

January 26, 2011
Ben Franklin was a real promoter of unity, hard work, scientific progress and a pluralism way ahead of its time. Here’s a time-machine interview with Franklin, adapted from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 111

January 10, 2011
Stay professional at virtual meetings … Get free advice about running a business from Ask.Inc.com, launched last fall by Inc. magazine and answer site Mahalo … Here’s a suggestion for airport security … Google co-founder Sergey Brin, having conquered search, has set his sights and his money on finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Blockbuster owners knew when to fold ’em

December 14, 2010
In business, as in card games, it’s hard to quit when you’re ahead. But Blockbuster’s first two owners, David Cook and Wayne Huizenga, played their end games early. Today, of course, the market is resetting again.

Cartoon great Chuck Jones’ success tips

November 24, 2010

Cartoon creator and producer Chuck Jones credits his success to a lack of constant supervision early on and his father’s string of business failures. Every time his father launched a business, he’d print new stationery and pencils. Using his cast-offs, Jones drew and drew. Here are his six success tips.

Murdoch: Success driven by the deal

November 15, 2010

You could say Rupert Murdoch’s dominant role in media comes from his constant need to be involved in a deal. But his deals, after all, are what transformed News Corp. from a one-dimensional newspaper publisher into a global media enterprise.

‘No’ just as important as ‘Yes’

September 14, 2010

Nancy Lublin founded the nonprofit group Dress for Success, which helps low-income women obtain clothing so they can look professional at job interviews. Before she got there, though, Lublin had to say no at several critical junctures.

Take the plunge, with a little push

September 13, 2010

Alicia Patterson grew up in a life of privilege and power. A burning desire to please her father, publisher of the Daily News of New York City, drove her to found and operate one of the most successful newspapers of the 20th century, Newsday. But not before overcoming her moment of doubt.

Entrepreneurial leadership: Turning hair care & tequila into gold

December 11, 2009

The most important thing about John Paul DeJoria is his resemblance to the hero in a Grimm fairy tale: “The Boy Who Knew No Fear.” With a net worth today estimated at $2.5 billion, the founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and Patrón ultra-premium tequila started out selling encyclopedias door-to-door …