• How this CEO used a simple system to nail his work-life balance and build a company that just sold for $8 billion

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    When a company offered to buy Ryan Smith's startup Qualtrics for more than $500 million , he asked his wife to take a drive.
    The deal, and the amount of money it would net his family, was a lot to process. But after just 30 minutes of driving south, the couple decided to turn it down.
    They felt earning so much money at once could negatively impact the way they were raising their children. And although Smith had been running his business for nearly a decade, he had gotten good at balancing both work and his personal life, so being an entrepreneur wasn't a major strain on his...
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  • Meet the CEO who once turned down a $500 million offer for his startup - and just sold it for $8 billion

    Meet the CEO who once turned down a $500 million offer for his startup - and just sold it for $8 billion

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    A little over six years ago, Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith turned down a $500 million acquisition offer for his bootstrapped company.
    He was betting that he and his two cofounders - who happen to be his father and brother - that they could build their company into something far, far bigger.
    Over the years, he took venture investment at multi-billion valuations while maintaining a profitable company.
    On Sunday he sold his company to SAP for $8 billion. While it's impossible to know what his take is, Business Insider estimates that the Smith family could have earned more than $3 billion in this...
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  • Meet the CEO who once turned down a $500 million offer for his startup - and just sold it for $8 billion

    Meet the CEO who once turned down a $500 million offer for his startup - and just sold it for $8 billion

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    A little over six years ago, Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith turned down a $500 million acquisition offer for his bootstrapped company.
    He was betting that he and his two cofounders - who happen to be his father and brother - that they could build their company into something far, far bigger.
    Over the years, he took venture investment at multi-billion valuations while maintaining a profitable company.
    On Sunday he sold his company to SAP for $8 billion. While it's impossible to know what his take is, Business Insider estimates that the Smith family could have earned more than $3 billion in this...
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  • This tech CEO is offering a $1 million donation to inspire tech companies to help fight homelessness

    This tech CEO is offering a $1 million donation to inspire tech companies to help fight homelessness

    1 month ago - By Fast Company

    The CEO of the booming startup Twillio will put $1 million of company's money toward alleviating homeless problems, urging other tech leaders to pony up, too.
    Things are good for Twilio. The cloud communications platform that powers apps and services, such as Lyft's and Uber's, announced on November 6 that third-quarter earnings had jumped 68% over the same time last year. But things are not good for Twilio's hometown, San Francisco. The city's been wracked by stubborn homelessness, soaring rents, severe income inequality, and a nasty fight over a ballot initiative that will create a $300...
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