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Blue Ridge Product Solutions: A Beer Pong Company Grows Up

inc.com — It sounds like the stuff of an undergraduate's dreams: build a business selling beer pong tables to college students. But since its founding in 2009, Blue Ridge Product Solutions has grown up--a lot. Thanks to some savvy e-commerce strategies, the company landed #380 on this year's Inc.

How Aleksandra Scepanovic of Ideal Properties Group Found Inspiration

inc.com — Today, Aleksandra Scepanovic runs Ideal Properties Group, a thriving real estate firm with four locations and 160 brokers that sells and leases commercial and residential properties in Brooklyn, New York. But 20 years ago, the Yugoslavian-born entrepreneur was caught on the frontlines in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Airbnb Is Inc.'s 2014 Company of the Year

How Gabriel Bristol Went From Homeless to CEO

inc.com — "What do you mean, a 50 percent refund?" says the voice on the other end of the line. "Are you serious? When the account has already been suspended? That's not fair!" Blood rushes to my cheeks. I desperately want my next sentence to calm her down, to sound confident, sympathetic.

The Great Cupcake Wars

inc.com — "Oh, great! Another cupcake shop!" I hear these words as soon as I step onto M Street, the posh, townhouse-lined retail thoroughfare in Washington, D.C., and most lately the raging epicenter of the great American cupcake pandemic. I'm standing in front of an outpost of Sprinkles, a California cupcake chain that joined the fray just the week before.

What Beats' President Said About Expansion--Before Apple Bought It For $3 Billion

inc.com — When Beats' Luke Wood took me on a tour of the company's real estate, he talked a lot about change. Just not this one. Advertisement At first, the new offices needed to fit 300 employees. Then it was 700.

Srikumar Rao and the Art of Personal Mastery

inc.com — If you want to create real success, self-mastery is the first step. Advertisement Oh man, I thought--he's making us stand up. Take deep breaths. Stretch our arms up toward the ceiling. Smile at our neighbor. It's going to be one of those kind of talks.

4 Startup Hacks From the Founder of Unigo

inc.com — Starting up is only half the battle. For the other half, take a cue from 31-year-old Jordan Goldman. Advertisement Jordan Goldman's essential business development philosophy is this: Before you impress, first you must pester. The 31-year-old Goldman delivered that message on Wednesday in front of a standing-room only crowd during a breakout session at Inc.'s 2014 Growth conference in Nashville.

Buckyballs Founder Settles With the Government

inc.com — After a long fight, the Consumer Product Safety Commission releases Buckyballs founder, Craig Zucker, from personal liability for Buckyballs injuries. Advertisement After almost two years of litigation and a threat of $57 million in penalties, Craig Zucker, the man behind Buckyballs, will have to fork over just $375,000 to recall the little magnetic desk toys--and possibly even less than that.

How Dr. Dre's Beats became a billion-dollar business

bluesky.chicagotribune.com — In six years, Interscope records mogul Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop icon Dr. Dre have turned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones into a $1 billion-plus business. Now, together with new president and former Interscope executive Luke Wood, they're faced with a new challenge: taking a hot brand and making it, you might say, even hotter.
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Dec 18, 2014

Fascinating. As Russia's currency reserves rise and fall over the years, so does Putin's aggressiveness bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-1…

Dec 15, 2014

@madge707 ha! As a matter of fact I'm staring at a word doc that has "draft0" in the title

Dec 15, 2014

@madge707 that's a very nice way to think about it, really.

Dec 15, 2014

I just wrote a sentence that was either terrifically clever or just the worst. #firstdraftproblems

Dec 15, 2014

RT @lauralorber: For Monday, an inspiring beer-pong story ow.ly/FTEBq via @inc @burthelm

Dec 08, 2014

@jonfine There's a whole abandoned elementary school of scarecrows!

Dec 08, 2014

Well that's creepy. Scarecrows outnumber people in Japanese town newsday.com/news/world/sca…



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