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Leigh Buchanan is an editor/writer for Inc. Magazine. Her tenure as crossword puzzle editor at TV Guide remains her proudest achievement.

How BuildDirect took on Home Depot

chicagotribune.com — The internet famously tosses middlemen right and left - but not in the building-supply industry. Many building and renovation staples - flooring, countertops, kitchen cabinetry - are too heavy for standard shipping. That forces suppliers to use distribution channels that add costs and delays.

Why Buffy Is Still the Best TV Show about Leadership, Ever

inc.com — A few years ago, I was having dinner with a computer-games entrepreneur who had just sold his business for north of $1 billion. We were discussing the precision of those ubiquitous which-character-are-you quizzes online. I said I had a pretty good opinion of them based on several I'd taken related to Buffy the Vampire Slayer that pegged me--accurately--as the endearingly stuffy librarian, Giles.

Harvest Automation Creates Robots With Green Thumbs

inc.com — Some jobs are so mind-numbing and backbreaking that no one with other options wants to do them. Cue the robots. Harvest Automation, a 31-employee startup in Billerica, Massachusetts, designs robots that arrange pots in nurseries and greenhouses. It's a monotonous task, and the associated labor represents 40 percent of growers' costs in a $17 billion market.

Bootstrapping 1.0 With Bert Jacobs of Life Is Good

inc.com — Company: Life Is Good Initial investment: 2014 revenue: $100 million-plusHow he spent it: Blank shirts, screenprinting, peddlers' permits; eventually, $4,600 on a used van and a computer --As told to Leigh Buchanan. I'll say this for doing things the hard way: It bakes heart into your business.

An Entrepreneur Battles Killer Smoke

inc.com — The roads of rural India are thronged with food vendors selling fried snacks, spicy chickpeas and fragrant breads. It's both a low-margin business and a dangerous one. The principle threat: cookstoves. Svati Bhogle, the co-founder and managing director of Bangalore-based Sustaintech, was first drawn to the problem of cookstoves more than 20 years ago, when she was studying at the Indian Institute of Science.

How Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen Invested $300 to Start Her Company

inc.com — Company: Initial Investment: $300 How she spent it: Spices and papermaking materials, farmers' market vendor fee, display-table decorations; adolescent spending included $1,500 on patent filing fees The R&D for Kavita Shukla's company, Fenugreen, cost little more than a kid's science project--which, in fact, it was.

How to Reignite Passion as Your Startup Grows

inc.com — With his new book, The Business Romantic, Tim Leberecht wants to light a fire in the hearts and loins of business people. Everyone understands heart: It's the passion for mission, customers, or wealth creation that at once motivates and ennobles. Loins are edgier, wilder, a little bit dangerous. Heart is Tony Hsieh.

Entrepreneur Hopes Dems Will Vote with Their Taste Buds

inc.com — Cities wooing major events like the Olympics or a national nominating convention typically want decision makers to experience a little local flavor. For Columbus, Ohio, that flavor is White House Blueberry. Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, is eager to support her hometown's bid for the 2016 Democratic Convention.

Why You Don't Care About Entrepreneur-Focused TV (Sorry, Shark Tank)

inc.com — When we asked respondents in our annual State of Small Business survey which television show best captures the essence of starting a company, the majority predictably chose . But a sizable minority were peeved that we had even asked the question. " Entrepreneurs don't have time to watch TV," wrote one.

Quiz: The Most Bizarre Business Stories From 2014

inc.com — Every year Inc. turns the spotlight on some of the best lowlights in business. Sometimes these moments are tragic; other times they're just plain funny. Here's what's always true: We can't make this stuff up. Well, actually we did make some of it up just to see how well you've been paying attention.
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Jan 28, 2015

Except in commiseration, no one in NYC can use the word "storm" to any of us in New England. "Storm-let" or "storm-icle" are acceptable."

Jan 28, 2015

Honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ira Glass (and of course my now-colleague Jeremy Quittner). linkd.in/1EPKlqf

Jan 26, 2015

How do uber-successful entrepreneurs make themselves endearing? Check out Elon Musk's brilliant self-skewering on The Simpsons.

Jan 21, 2015

The Challenger Brand guys launch a great column about how to turn a lack of resources into competitive advantage. bit.ly/1GvjsMM

Jan 14, 2015

The world is full of awful problems we're not aware of. Thank goodness smart entrepreneurs are out there fixing them. bit.ly/1x1WVNL

Jan 13, 2015

E.F. Schumacher would love Fenugreen. Brilliant example of "appropriate technology." bit.ly/1CfLl5l

Jan 12, 2015

My annual year-in-review quiz! Fun for the whole family! bit.ly/1AIeFS3

Jan 07, 2015

RT @work_matters: In looking back at all #scalingup stuff linked to our book, I think the @inc @LeighEBuchanan piece is best inc.com/magazine/20140…

Jan 07, 2015

Love this upside-of-the-office piece. We're not all meant to be entrepreneurs and that's OK. sciof.us/1xFVkBm

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