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Glimpse the Future: Inspirational Inventors in the Spotlight

President Obama salutes 11 innovators in a ceremony at the White House today.

Marketing Wizard Seth Godin on Success and Inspiration

He has one of the most-loved marketing blogs, has penned more than a dozen bestselling books and launched a social site that attracts more than 50 million viewers per month. Yet he makes little effort to cultivate a following. Here, in his first-ever major profile, Seth Godin shares how he does it.

Limor Fried on Making DIY Look Easy

The founder of Adafruit Industries offers insights into how she managed to build a small empire from castaway Altoid tins and other common household items -- and secure the title of Entrepreneur of 2012.

Entrepreneur of 2012: Limor Fried

Adafruit's innovative DIY open-source electronic hardware kits make founder Limor Fried our Entrepreneur of 2012.

Online Pioneer Steve Case on the Future of Entrepreneurship

Steve Case emerged from the most maligned merger in American business history to become one of the nation's leading proponents of entrepreneurship.

Alamo Drafthouse Strikes Gold by Redefining the Cinema Experience

While corporate-owned multiplexes have faced declining attendance, one indie theater chain is bucking the trend.

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

Jeffrey Phillips, co-founder of OVO, an innovation consulting firm, shares how any company can create a more innovative environment.

Barbara Corcoran's Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Put your business idea to the test with Barbara Corcoran's tips for how to pitch your business idea.

Young Entrepreneur Challenges the Way Americans Think About Their Cellphones

A Pakistani immigrant takes on the U.S. cell phone service model.

Big Claims Aim to Boost Business at Mobile App Startup

With major clients like Microsoft and CBS Sports, Chaotic Moon app studio makes it big.

How Social Media Is Changing the Way Politicians Gather Information

A new generation of pollsters is taking advantage of social media to analyze and aggregate public opinion of candidates.

How Fitbit Is Cashing in on the High-Tech Fitness Trend

How the device manufacturer is building a following by enhancing users' workouts through gaming and community-building.

Leaving Wall Street for Wine Country

Jamie Kutch chucked a lucrative job to pursue his dream, becoming one of California's most respected vintners. Here's how one entrepreneur changed careers in midstream.

BlogFrog and the Power of Moms

BlogFrog is capitalizing on the massive influence of mom bloggers with its brand-sponsored conversations and communities. The network's agency clients and star writers are also reaping rewards. But as the line between editorial and advertising blurs, is authenticity getting left behind?

How Motorcycle Designer Erik Buell Got His Vroom Back, Post Harley-Davidson

The trailblazing entrepreneur followed up a disastrous collaboration by launching a new company, a showcase for innovative racing bikes. But can it get the funding it needs?

How the Serial Entrepreneur Behind Tazo Tea Brews Up Success

Steven Smith built his career around tea, including selling a company to Starbucks for $9 million. Now this serial entrepreneur is succeeding on his own terms.

How Never Summer Shredded the Snowboard Industry With Innovation

The 15-year-old company was chugging along before its founders chucked long-held conventions and completely reconceived the design of the snowboard.

Steve Jobs and the Seven Rules of Success

Any of us can adopt these principles to unleash our 'inner Steve Jobs.'

Remembering Apple's Steve Jobs

Reactions to news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs emerged within hours from his competitors, fellow entrepreneurs and others influenced by his work and life.

Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation

Meet the founder of Quirky, a crowdsourced product-development company. Its mission is "to make invention accessible." Its goal: to invent two new consumer products a week. He shares his views on creativity and starting up as part of our Innovators series.

Mike Wolfe of 'American Pickers' Is the New Americana Idol

Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the TV show American Pickers, is leveraging a popular passion for the past to build the multimedia empire of the future.

The Innovators: Looptworks' Scott Hamlin

Co-founder of an upcycled clothing and accessories maker describes a new frontier for product innovations.

The Innovators: Spanx Founder Sara Blakely

The founder of the body-shaping undergarment company talks about how she turned her invention into a household name.

The Innovators: The Orchard's Richard Gottehrer

The co-founder of a successful music distributor for independent artists talks about staying nimble in a fast-changing industry.

The Innovators: Shopkick's Cyriac Roeding

The co-founder of a breakthrough app for retail rewards talks about what it takes to build an innovative company.
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