Inc.

Bigger Faster Better

Meet four companies that take entrepreneurship beyond the limit

EVERY YEAR, THE INC. 500 celebrates founders and companies that have achieved rapid growth through careful planning and flawless execution. This year, we’re also honoring a slightly different breed—founders for whom good enough isn’t good enough, the ones who blast past what everyone else thinks are boundaries. Take Jared Isaacman. He might have been satisfied by the many years of profit his credit card processing company has generated. But how could that compare with zooming around in fighter jets? That’s what his newer company, Draken International, does to train U.S. military pilots. Draken has assembled one of the world’s largest fleets of privately owned fighter jets—and even on the ground, Draken looks like a business moving at Mach speed, despite the risks. “It’s not

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Inc.

Inc.3 min read
Delivering Dinner—and Keepıng the Profit
Recently, Inc.’s legendary Norm Brodsky visited Michelle Gauthier and Justin Schwartz, founders of the thriving New York City–based fast-casual chain Mulberry & Vine. Mulberry & Vine has carved out a niche in a hotly competitive market with its healt
Inc.6 min readSelf-Improvement
Two Facebook Alums Seek a New Corporate Zen
ASANA • PROJECT-MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE • SAN FRANCISCO • 300 EMPLOYEES A couple of years ago, Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder and CEO of Asana, opened a meeting in a way that, at most companies, would have come across as downright passive-aggressive.
Inc.7 min readEntrepreneurship
Reaching A New Crowd Trying To Hire Harvard MBAs And Ex-Googlers Is Great. Until You Discover Everyone’s At War Over The Same Talent.
Why aging Boomers, career pivoters, and those in other overlooked talent pools might be the best recruits you ever make.