The 50 Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs

Private equity firms have been called all kinds of nasty names over the years: asset strippers, corporate raiders, vulture capitalists. Don’t be deterred by these labels. The PE firms making headlines over high-profile corporate bankruptcies such as Toys “R” Us are rarely the same investors who back small businesses. In fact, more and more companies are taking…

These Founders Wanted to Create the ‘Chipotle of Pizza.’ Now, Their LeBron James-Backed Business Is Aiming for an IPO

LeBron James, the Boston Red Sox, mall pretzels: These are crucial ingredients in Blaze Pizza’s ambitious recipe for growth. Serial entrepreneurs and spouses Elise and Rick Wetzel co-founded their Pasadena, California-based company in 2011 with a simple, if hardly unique, idea: Let’s create the Chipotle of pizza. The dough and toppings would be “artisanal” (roasted garlic, balsamic glaze). The…

New Men’s Underwear, Briefly

Here’s a news flash: Guys don’t like shopping for underwear. Luckily, the same retail forces that disrupted razors, eyeglasses, luggage, mattresses and hair-loss treatments, have set their sights on men’s drawers. In the last decade, a handful of upstart labels are trying to dethrone old faithfuls like Hanes and Calvin Klein. Hate going to the store?…