he only constant in
a dynamic economy is
change, and change is
oxygen to entrepre-
neurs: It opens up
cracks in the competi-
tive landscape, and it’s
in those cracks that new busi-
nesses take root. Everyone who
has ever been on the cover of
Inc.—not least this month’s
up-from-Queens icon, Daymond
John—got there because he or
she saw the possibility in change
and built something lasting
on its foundation.
In light of that, I suppose
I should feel a little less bittersweet than I do about the
change underway at Inc. The entrepreneur who owns
our company, Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar and
quite a change agent himself, has asked me to oversee
both Inc. and Inc.’s sister, Fast Company, as CEO. You
won’t notice much di;erence—the incredibly talented
James Ledbetter has been Inc.’s day-to-day editor for
years now. But for me, I will miss serving full time the
amazing people who make up Inc.’s audience. You won’t
see me on this page after this, but believe me, from my
new seat I will still be watching you, rooting for your
success, and continuing to be, as I have been for years,
in awe of what you do.
Actually, there couldn’t be a more fitting time to
step back from the editor in chief’s role than with this
issue, which represents Inc.’s first redesign since 2013.
The remarkable new look and structure reflect James
Ledbetter’s vision entirely, so I’ll let him take it from here.
The Business of Change EDITOR’S LETTER
Eric Schurenberg email@example.com
TAs Eric notes, this issue of Inc. looks quite different from what you’re used to reading. We’ve reconceived and redesigned the magazine from cover to
cover. Our primary goal has been to find
new ways to tell stories about various
parts of the entrepreneurial journey. In
a recurring section we call Prototype
(page 46), for example, we will profile
an early-stage company with a product
we see as potentially game-changing.
And instead of having tech and financial content as sections that rotate
in and out of the magazine, we’ve committed to both topics in every issue.
Of course, some things haven’t
changed: Inc. still seeks to inform and
inspire those bold enough to launch
and run their own businesses. So have
a look at our new look–and we’d love
to hear what you think.
James Ledbetter firstname.lastname@example.org