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Inc 5000: Expert Advice You Want to Know

This year, GreenRope ranked number 247 in Inc.'s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies. CEO, Lars Helgeson, is in Phoenix for the Inc 5000 conference and he is sending us constant updates from the keynote speakers!

Here's what is going on at the JW Mariott in Phoenix this weekend:


3:17 pm:  Props to the JW Marriott for customizing their staircase for the conference! 


3:51 pm: Spoke with Leigh Buchanan, Editor at Large for Inc. magazine, about productivity and much more

5:35 pm: Got a personality assessment based on my appearance. Thanks American Airlines

"If something exists in the word and it is in any way labeled extreme, YOU ARE GONNA TACKLE IT. I bet you have bounded up Kilimanjaro more times than most shirpas. You are a natural leader and not because you want the power or glory (well maybe a little glory) but it's more that you are willing to step forward and grab the steering wheel and guide that rutter to success. It's almost like the Norse gods got together and were like, "Um, how do we make a god in a human body????" "Uhh, what about this?" And they whipped ya up and plopped ya here to be a modern day Thor."

Overall rating: 9.4 

5:48 pm: Inc. provides all gluten free dessert items - Way to be trendy Inc. 

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9:00 am: Dell CMO, Karen Quintos, MC's the speaker series 

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9:20 am: Dr. Brené Brown speaks about how important it is for CEO's be vulnerable

"If you are not in the arena, getting your ass kicked, I am not interested in your feedback. There are a lot of cheap seats in this world."

"Find the seven most important people whose opinions you care about and keep those close. Listen to the rest but don't let them define you." 

Watch Dr. Brown's TED Talk

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10:25 am: Marcus Lemonis from CNBC's "The Profit Speaking"

"My show and my investment start with rapport."

"We are not ivory tower managers, we live with our businesses and our clients."

"You do not start a business for the money or the fame."

"Life and business can never be self serving." 

"Owning a business is a privilege, not a right. The health of a business depends on its people." 

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3:04 pm: Senior contributing editor for Inc., Norm Brodsky

"Hire for attitude. Train for skill." 

Food for thought: "A CEO should not have their title on their business card." 

4:00 pm: CEO of GoDaddy, Bob Parsons, speaks about his formula for success

"The Marine Corps taught me responsibility and gave me the foundation for my entire life." 

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9:07 am: CEO of Dell, Michael Dell speaks about his journey

"You can't run a $60B company without embracing risk and customer feedback."

12:01 pm: CEO of The Container Store, Kip Tindell, speaks about building a business where everyone thrives

"If you put your employees and customers first, through the idea of 'conscious capitalism,' your business and everyone involved with it will thrive." 

"We work hard to take care of our vendor relationships and that is one way how we can compete with big box stores." 

12:37 pm: CEO of Chobani Yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, speaks about how to build a company from the bottom up

"When you start walking the way, the way appears." 

Follow Lars Helgeson (@larshelgeson) for more live updates from the conference

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