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Founders Share How They Survived a Major Crisis -- and What They Learned From It From a client taking their company hostage to a competitor smearing their product, entrepreneurs share how they got through awful situations.

By Entrepreneur Staff

This story appears in the April 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Every entrepreneur faces setbacks -- but some challenges are harder to rebound than others.

We set out to find entrepreneurs who not only survived some of the worst possible situations but thrived from the experiences. Some have had their startups wrecked by storms; others held hostage by out-of-control clients. And in fact, some have even been targeted by supersized competitors, threatened with obliteration by the government and stuck with millions in unsold inventory in the middle of a recession. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Whatever the disaster, these 10 entrepreneurs didn't succumb to the chaos.

Learn how they overcame these issues and what they learned from them.