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Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka founder Clayton Christopher on taking risks and beating the odds

By Arden Ward

"The greatest rewards come to those that embrace risk and drive forward with passion to achieve their goal,” says Clayton Christopher.  As the founder and former CEO of Sweet Le ...


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Built from scratch: The 30-year legacy of Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods

By Arden Ward

It all started in a 400-square foot kitchen in a bad location, where “the Pac-Man machine grossed more in a day than the restaurant did,” recalls Michael Angelo Renna of the humble begi ...


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Celebrating screenwriters: Barbara Morgan's Austin Film Festival

By Kevin Benz

The Austin Film Festival is different. When Barbara Morgan started the festival in 1994 with her friend Marsha Milam, they did so as entrepreneurs. In other words, they loved film and a festival fe ...


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Ingrid Vanderveldt: Empowering women and future entrepreneurs as Dell's first EIR

By Arden Ward

In her impressively diverse career, Ingrid Vanderveldt has established herself as a true entrepreneur — and a missionary for the human spirit. As the first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence ...


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Beau Theriot's Oasis: Creating Austin's iconic lakeside retreat

By Arden Ward

When you think of exchanging Austin city life for a nearby retreat, there’s likely one spot that comes to mind without fail: The Oasis. A lakeside slice of Heaven for over three decades, ...


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How Do You Roll? Fast, casual and made to order with a generous dash of ambition

By Caitlin M. Ryan

"An entrepreneur is somebody that has a vision of what the future is before it exists… and then has the drive, need and desire to make that vision a reality," says Yuen Yung, CEO a ...


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Marsha Milam makes the Texas music business sing

By Kevin Benz

When your Dad's a wildcatter in Texas, your path can be set for you quite early in life. "My father was in the oil business, so I was brought up by a person who was self-employed. I ne ...


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Vacationing with HomeAway: Success depends on the people

By Kevin Benz

New businesses sprout from ideas born a myriad of ways, the consistent source of success though is passion and there are few things we all get more passionate about than a good vacation. But Ho ...


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Tim League and the accidental drive home that became Alamo Drafthouse

By Kevin Benz

Tim League drove home using the same usual route from his two year-old engineering job at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California. It was 1993, League was 23 years old. The Shell job was his first out ...


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Creative collaboration as a business model: Arts + Labor film, video and more

By Kevin Benz

Creating art has never been easy business. The creative process takes time, it takes risk and it becomes personal. None of those attributes suit the building of a profitable business. But one thing ...


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