Jason VandeBoom

Founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign. Some businesses immediately chase investors, looking to monetize as quickly as possible. Others, however, bootstrap for as long as possible, investing all their energy into building the best product. Jason VandeBoom, CEO and Founder of ActiveCampaign, spent 17 years building his product. He and his team created the category of…

This former CFO knew AI could do his job better — so he built a company to do just that

  Small businesses that don’t have a CFO but still handle significant amounts of money often struggle to manage and forecast their finances effectively. Large certified public accountant (CPA) firms are increasingly looking to expand their services to include financial forecasting and modeling in order to stay ahead of their competition. Clockwork’s accounting software uses…

These advertising underdogs use computer intelligence to keep margins low and returns high

  As their name suggests, Programmatic Mechanics have shunned the all-rounder label in favor of perfecting their niche. They run programmatic advertising campaigns for companies and agencies that don’t want to handle this specialized type of marketing in-house, but still want all the benefits. In programmatic advertising, computers analyze data to determine where an ad…

Robert Blackwell

CEO of Killerspin and Quant16. You can become a billionaire with anything — from collecting garbage to selling Beanie Babies. The point is to figure out what makes you unique and valuable to the customer. “As long as you’re solving an emotional or financial problem for somebody, you can make a lot of money,” says…

Travis Hedge

Cofounder of Vouch Insurance. Insurance is one of the less sexy parts of running a company — and that’s especially true when working with the legacy companies that are far removed from the startup way. Newer business models often don’t neatly fit into traditional insurers’ outdated categories. Sometimes plans need to be patch worked and…