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VIPKid CEO Cindy Mi has a bold vision.

A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the f...

The Chinese education startup VIPKid, which connects fluent English-speaking teachers with Chinese students, is led by its 35-year-old high-school dropout founder, Cindy Mi, who believes the company can help bridge cultural gaps between China, the US, and elsewhere
They couldn't imagine the business success that lay in store. Evan Williams pictured.

11 painful moments CEOs and founders thought their business was sunk — and how they turned it around

Successful businesses from JetBlue to SparkNotes have narrowly averted disaster, only to come back stronger than ever. Here are the most horrifying moments their founders and CEOs remember.
Sam Yagan started his first company, SparkNotes, as a Harvard undergrad.

A flood of hate mail might seem like the first sign of a startup’s demise — but successful founders say customers’ fury can be a goo...

SparkNotes is but one example of a startup that was so popular in its early days that it could barely keep up with customer demand. Some experts say this is the sign of success, and a solid product-market fit.
Transparency with your customers can lead to a lot of trust. VIPKID CEO and founder Cindy Mi is pictured.

In 2014, hell broke loose for the CEO of a young startup — and the way she handled it helped her company become one of the fastest-growing in al...

Chinese education startup VIPKid, which connects fluent English-speaking teachers with Chinese students, raised $500 million in April for a valuation of over $3 billion. But a year after the company launched in 2014, it had a unusual crisis that nearly derailed the company.