Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks
John Schnatter
Papa John's International
Jason Fried
Bert Jacobs
Life is good
Amy Jo Martin
Digital Royalty
Amos Winbush III
Bre Pettis
Les McKeown
Predictable Success
Danae Ringelmann
Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks
John Schnatter
Papa John's International
Jason Fried
Bert Jacobs
Life is good
Amy Jo Martin
Digital Royalty
Amos Winbush III
Bre Pettis
Les McKeown
Predictable Success
Danae Ringelmann


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Mark Cuban

Billionaire serial entrepreneur and Investor, Owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, Star of ABC's "Shark Tank"

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, investor and the owner of the 2010-11’s NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. He is also a “shark” investor on the television series Shark Tank. In 2011 Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports. Cuban started the Fallen Patriot Fund to help families of U.S. military personnel killed or injured during the Iraq War, personally matching the first $1 million in contributions with funds from the Mark Cuban Foundation.

Mark Cuban Appearance by Athlete Promotions

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Jason Fried

co-founder and president, Basecamp; co-author, Rework and Remote; columnist, Inc.

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of Basecamp, a privately-held Chicago-based software firm committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. The company’s products include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. Fried is the co-author of three books: Rework, Get Real, and Remote: Office Not Required. He also writes Inc.’s Get Real column.

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Bert Jacobs

co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Life is good

The Life is good Company is a privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes through its colorful collection of apparel and accessories and through its social mission to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. Jake, Life is good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering. In 1994, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, Bert and his brother John officially launched Life is good. Today, Life is good products are sold by over 4,500 retailers nationwide. Bert, John, and The Life is good Company are living proof that “Optimism can take you anywhere.”


Amy Jo Martin

founder and CEO, Digital Royalty

Author of the New York Times Bestseller Renegades Write the Rules, Amy Jo Martin founded Digital Royalty five years ago to help companies and individuals measure and monetize their digital universe. In addition, Digital Royalty provides customized social media education programs through Digital Royalty University. Martin has 1.2 million Twitter followers. She travels the world speaking about the latest trends, social platforms, and how to successfully build a personal brand by utilizing social communication tools.

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Les McKeown

president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; columnist, Inc.com

Les McKeown is the president and CEO of Predictable Success, a leading adviser on accelerated business growth. He has started more than 40 companies in his own right and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide. McKeown’s most-recently published book is Do Lead: Share Your Vision. Inspire Others. Achieve the Impossible.


Danae Ringelmann

co-founder, IndieGoGo

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank. Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011 and was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ in September 2013.

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John Schnatter

founder and CEO, Papa John's International

In 1983, John Schnatter delivered his last campus pizza, picked up his business degree from Ball State University, and went home to Jeffersonville, Indiana. There, at age 22, he knocked down the broom closet in his father’s tavern, installed an oven and began delivering pizza out of the back of the bar. Today, Papa John’s boasts 3,054 restaurants in 50 states and 32 countries. Schnatter’s numerous business achievements and philanthropic efforts culminated in his induction into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 2000 by the National Jaycees Organization and the 1998 National Ernst & Young Retail/Consumer Entrepreneur of The Year.

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Amos Winbush III

founder and CEO, CyberSynchs

Amos Winbush III is the CEO and mastermind behind CyberSynchs, the world’s leading universal data transfer and synchronization Company. It all began when Amos’ iPhone crashed; frustrated with no simple solution, he took charge of the problem and created a universal synchronization company with global reach. Amos drives solutions. He is recognized as one of the world’s youngest, brightest and most effective CEO’s in the tech industry receiving many industry honors and awards such as “30 Most Influential CEO’s under 30” among others. Amos views today’s world of technology as an ecosystem supporting innovation and valuing disruptors. Through his leadership and vision, Amos quickly grew CyberSynchs into the multi hundred million dollar company it is today.


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Nikhil Arora

co-founder, Back to the Roots

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Sam Bacharach

Professor, Cornell University’s ILR School; author, Get Them on Your Side,; Keep Them on Your Side; and When Charisma and Vision Are Not Enough

Samuel B. Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor in the department of organizational behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School. He is the head of Cornell’s New York City-based Institute for Workplace Studies. He is also the co-founder of the Bacharach Leadership Group, an organization that focuses on helping organizations develop their high-potential leaders. Among his popular leadership books are: Get Them on Your Side,  Keep Them on Your Side and When Charisma and Vision Are Not Enough.

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Steve Baker

vice president, The Great Game of Business, Inc.

Steve Baker is the Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He also co-wrote the update of the best-selling book, The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition. Baker spent two decades struggling to help small business owners reach their goals without access to key business metrics. Learning to play the Great Game of Business at SRC changed his life. He also serves on the Board of the National Center for Employee Ownership as well as the Steering Committee for SRC’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Steve is a career marketing and branding professional and is an award-winning designer. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his family.

Norm Brodsky

honorary chairman, Inc. Business Owners Council; founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; co-author, Street Smarts

Michael Burcham

president and CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

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Bo Burlingham

editor at large, Inc.; author, Small Giants; co-author, The Knack

Besides serving as editor at large for Inc. and authoring Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big, Bo has also written two books with acclaimed businessman Jack Stack. Bo also co-authors with Norm Brodsky the popular monthly column in Inc. called Street Smarts. Bo and Brodsky’s co-wrote the book The Knack, which is also known as Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs.

Bruce Clay

founder and president, Bruce Clay, Inc.

Steve Cody

Managing Partner & co-founder

As co-founder and managing partner of Peppercomm, Steve Cody is responsible for overall agency direction and management, new business development, new product development and agency marketing. Since co-founding the agency in 1995, he has been instrumental in Peppercomm’s rise from a two-person start-up to its current position as one of the nation’s best-known mid-sized strategic communications firms. He is the author of What’s Keeping Your Customers Up at Night? and also writes at the award-winning blog, RepManBlog.com.

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Soraya Darabi

co-founder, Zady

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Kevin Daum

founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing For Dummies; columnist, Inc.com

As the author of five books including Amazon No. 1 best-sellers, Video Marketing for Dummies and ROAR!: Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle, Kevin Daum helps companies communicate in strategic, compelling, and often humorous ways. Daum is an Inc. 500 entrepreneur and Inc.com columnist with a more than $1 billion sales and marketing track record.

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Donna Fenn

author, Upstarts! and Alpha Dogs; contributing editor, Inc.

Donna Fenn is the author of two books, Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack. Fenn is also a contributing editor at Inc., a blogger on BNET/CBSi and Inc.com, and an experienced international keynote speaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Woman, Parents, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Monthly, among other publications.

Duane Forrester

senior product manager for Webmaster Outreach, Bing

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Jordan Goldman

founder, Unigo; author, Students’ Guide to Colleges

As an 18 year-old Jordan created the best-selling “Students’ Guide to Colleges” series of college guidebooks. After graduating Jordan founded Unigo, which US News & World Report named “One of the Top 10 College Websites” and The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg called “a college resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook.” As Unigo’s CEO, the site has grown to more than 15 million visitors per year, raised investment from McGraw-Hill Ventures, won education grants from The Gates Foundation, and received awards / recognition from The Association of Educational Publishers, AlwaysOn, Facebook, the InfoCommerce Group and the Webby’s. He was named “One of the Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs in America” by Inc Magazine, “One of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in America” by the White House, and “One of the 100 Most Influential People in NYC Business and Technology” by Silicon Alley Insider.

Julia Hartz

co-founder and president, Eventbrite

Brittany Hodak

co-founder, ZinePak

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Leila Janah

founder and CEO, Sama Group

Leila Janah is an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice. Sama means equal in Sanskrit and is the guiding principle of her life and work. Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. It has received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate. In 2011, Janah co-founded Samahope, the first crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. The Sama Group has been featured widely in the press with features in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and Fast Company, and in the book Hearts on Fire. Janah is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, and the recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, presented by President Clinton. She received a BA from Harvard and resides in San Francisco.

Shama Kabani

founder and CEO, The Marketing Zen Group; author, The Zen of Social Media Marketing

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Ami Kassar

founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; columnist, Inc.com

MultiFunding helps small business owners find the best business loan options. Within the company, Kassar ensures small business owners have access to the capital to help grow and manage their businesses. He has been featured in the New York Times and The Huffington Post. Ami is the 2012 recipient of the Small Business Advocate Award. He developed Banking Grades, a free tool that helps small business owners discover which banks are lending to small businesses.

Kim Kaupe

co-founder, ZinePak

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Julian Mann

co-founder and Vice President, Product Management, Skybox Imaging

Julian Mann is an engineer and entrepreneur from Ukiah, CA. Prior to Skybox, Julian founded Astronautical Development, LLC, which specialized in nanosatellite engineering, and provided products and services to several U.S. government agencies. At Skybox, Julian focuses on the development of Skybox’s core technology, managing the relationship between near-term product development and long-term technology strategy. Additionally, he is responsible for the company’s IP portfolio and strategic corporate partnerships.

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Jim Mitchell

CEO, Fuhu, Inc.
*#1 on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing companies

Jim Mitchell is the CEO of Fuhu, which created nabi, the world’s first full-featured Android tablet made just for kids. Jim oversees the company’s channel development, expansion, strategic partnerships and investments. Jim has been with Fuhu since its inception in 2008 and has turned Fuhu into the company that Inc. Magazine named its #1 Fastest Growing Company in 2013, and Forbes named the #1 Most Promising Company in America in 2014. Prior to Fuhu, Jim spent 19 years at the consulting giant Accenture working with brands such as Google, HP, DirecTV, Qualcomm, Toshiba, Intel and Nokia. In 2000, Jim became Accenture’s youngest Managing Partner and co-founded the firm’s ecommerce practice. Jim holds six patents on ecommerce frameworks.

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Bre Pettis

CEO, MakerBot

Bre Pettis has led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, as CEO since its beginning in 2009, but has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co—founding MakerBot, Pettis co- founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3D printers, and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing. Pettis was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for “creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3D printing.”

Bre Pettis photograph © 2010 Joi Ito.

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Sarah Prevette

founder of Sprouter.com

Srikumar S. Rao

former Columbia business school professor; creator of MBA Creativity and Personal Mastery (CPM) course; author, Happiness at Work

Manny Rivas

Online Advertising Director, aimClear

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Allison Lami Sawyer

CEO and co-founder of Rebellion Photonics

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Lewis Schiff

executive director, Inc. Business Owners Council; author, Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons From the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons

Lewis Schiff is the executive director of Inc. Business Owners Council, a membership organization for Inc.’s top entrepreneurs. He maintains a blog about behavioral entrepreneurship on Inc.com. He has co-authored two books, The Influence of Affluence: How the New Rich Are Changing America and The Armchair Millionaire. His new book, Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons From the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons, which focuses on the wealth-creating behaviors and attitudes that work best in the new economy, was published by HarperCollins in March.

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Eric Schurenberg

President and Editor in chief, Inc.

Eric Schurenberg comes to Inc. with a career-long track record in business media that includes managerial stints at Money, Business 2.0, Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management business site, and Fortune. Most recently, he was editor in chief of BNET.com at CBS Interactive Business Network, where he conceived, staffed, launched, and oversaw MoneyWatch.com. He is also a monthly commentator on Nightly Business Report, the national PBS television program.

Clint Smith

co-founder and CEO, Emma

Gary Solomon

co-founder and president, Solomon Group

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Josh Tetrick

CEO and Founder, Hampton Creek

Josh Tetrick is the CEO and Founder of Hampton Creek, a food technology company selected by Bill Gates as one of three companies shaping the future of food and recently funded by Li Ka-shing of Horizons Ventures, the wealthiest man in Asia. Prior to founding Hampton Creek, Josh led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa. Josh is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School.

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Alejandro “Alex” Velez

co-founder, Back to the Roots

Alejandro founded Back to the Roots, an urban farm in Oakland, California with Nikhil Arora upon graduating from UC Berkeley in 2009. Currently, Alejandro manages the company’s sales and finance. Back to the Roots’ products include the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden and the Home Aquaponics Garden. Alejandro was recognized in the Hispanic magazine PODER as a 30 Under 30 as well as on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011. He and Nikhil were selected in 2012 as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.
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Maisha Walker

founder and president, Message Medium

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John Warrillow

founder, The Sellability Score; author, Built to Sell; columnist, Inc.com

The Sellability Score is a cloud-based assessment tool business owners use to assess the “sellability” of their company. Inc. recognized John Warrilow’s bestselling book, Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, as one of the best business books of 2011. Throughout his career, Warrillow has started and exited four companies, including a quantitative market research business that was acquired by The Corporate Executive Board. B2B Marketing considered him one of the top 10 business-to-business marketers in the nation.

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Kimberly Weisul

editor at large, Inc.

Kimberly Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, content developer, and all-around media pro. In her role at Inc. she coaches and edits columnists, handles some special projects, mentors reporters, and writes the occasional opinion piece. She is also a co-founder of One Thing New, a digital media start-up that is rebooting so-called women’s content. Ms. Weisul is a regular guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. She has also appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNNfn, Dow Jones News Radio, and AP News Radio.
Follow: @weisul

Tina Wells

founder and CEO, Buzz Marketing Group