Lord Give Divine Ideas…

Unlikely Millionaires

Monday, May 19, 2008

We all fantasize about coming up with a million-dollar idea, but who actually lives the dream? Here are some success stories, as well as a look at how great entrepreneurs manage to make their mark…
10 Secrets of Breakthrough Businesses
Inc.com
After studying thousands of fast-growing private companies, author Keith McFarland explains why some businesses break through while so many do not.
Features
BobWilliamson_wide.jpg A Million-Dollar Turnaround
BusinessWeek
At the age of 24, Bob Williamson was a homeless, broke drug addict. Now 61, Williamson presides over a multi-million-dollar software company. Learn how he made the transformation.
Bear Naked Bear Naked Ambition: The Inside Start-Up Story
Fortune Small Business
Bear Naked founders Kelly Flatley and Brendan Synnott tell how they used guerrilla marketing and a wholesome image to build a powerhouse natural-food brand.
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courtesy sixapart Mena and Ben Trott

Previous Lives: Laid-off Web designer and developer

Big Break: Created software for a personal blog

Bottom Line: Software became an industry standard

Zach Klein Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen

Previous Lives: College students

Big Break: Created a website to trade jokes while attending different colleges

Bottom line: The site now boasts more than 8 million unique visitors a month

MyYearbook.com Catherine, Dave, and Geoff Cook

Previous Lives: High school students

Big Break: Teenagers at the dawn of the social media era

Bottom Line: MyYearbook.com has, at times, grown faster than Facebook or MySpace.

Poof-Slinky Richard and Betty James

Previous Life: Navy tool worker and homemaker

Big Break: Saw a spring coil fall off a table

Bottom Line: Called it a Slinky and sold 250 million of them

Thales Panagides Thales Panagides

Previous Life: Launched an Internet service provider in Brazil

Big Break: Met a fellow Greek expat who made bikinis

Bottom Line: Became the world’s largest independent distributor of Brazilian bikinis

Pure Marketing Communications Carole Nash

Previous Life: Laid-off receptionist

Lucky Break: Was given a small portfolio of insurance policies as a severance package

Bottom Line: Recently sold her insurance businesses for more than $100 million

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