how i built this


 

vice: suroosh alvi (october 10, 2016)

Suroosh Alvi was a recovering addict when he started a scrappy underground magazine in Montreal. It grew into VICE Media — a multi-billion dollar company that has shaken up the world of journalism.

CLIF BAR: GARY ERICKSON (OCTOBER 3, 2016)

Gary Erickson asked his mom, "Can you make a cookie without butter, sugar or oil?" The result was Clif Bar, an energy bar named after his dad — now one of the most popular energy bars in the U.S.

RADIO ONE: CATHY HUGHES (SEPTEMBER 26, 2016)

As a kid, Cathy Hughes practiced her DJ routine while her siblings banged on the bathroom door. As an adult, she founded Radio One, the country's largest African-American owned broadcasting company.

Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016)

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched their photo-sharing app with a server that crashed every other hour. Despite a chaotic start, Instagram became one of the most popular apps in the world.

SPANX: SARAH BLAKELy  (SEPTEMBER 12, 2016)

At 27, Sara Blakely was selling fax machines and desperate to reinvent her life. So she came up with Spanx — hosiery that eliminates panty lines — and set to work building her business.