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Did you risk everything to start, run and grow your business? Five Hundred Stories wants to hear about it. And so do other entrepreneurs looking for inspiration.
Laura Cope (Founder/Creative Director, Laura Cope Photography)

Laura Cope (Founder/Creative Director, Laura Cope Photography)

"Failure is just a matter of perspective. I think the only failure is not having enough patience to see things through." - Laura Cope Passion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. Laura Cope’s passion for her craft is evident in every facet of her...

Brian Smith, Speaker/Author (Founder of UGG Boots)

Brian Smith, Speaker/Author (Founder of UGG Boots)

Intro "Ignorance is a key element for every entrepreneur; some level of ignorance. Because if you knew all the obstacles ahead, you would never do it." "In life you get beat down. In business, you get beat down twice as much!"  - Brian Smith/UGG Founder Five Hundred...

Thomas Smale (Founder, FE International)

Thomas Smale (Founder, FE International)

"If you have a business partner and/or team, don't blame people when things fail, as it will happen regularly (particularly in a small and agile company)" - Thomas Smale, re: failure Thomas Smale didn’t grow up in a family with a history of entrepreneurship. He didn’t...

Steve Altimari (President/Brewmaster, High Water Brewing, Inc.)

Steve Altimari (President/Brewmaster, High Water Brewing, Inc.)

"Never give up! Attack from another angle or just go in another direction completely. Every failure is a learning experience." - Steve Altimari After a 12-year career in the Silicon Valley high-tech world, Steve decided on a career change. He attended the American...

Ross Halleck (Owner/Vintner)

Ross Halleck (Owner/Vintner)

Intro Age: 62 Company Name: Halleck Vineyard Title: Owner/Vintner Website: HalleckVineyard.com Hometown: I grew up in Rockford, IL., a modest, Midwestern city of about 150,000, on the Rock River, about 90 miles NW of Chicago. It was a peaceful, primarily working class...