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EVERY YEAR, THE INC. 500 celebrates founders and companies that have achieved rapid growth through careful planning and flawless execution. This year, we’re also honoring a slightly di;erent breed—founders for whom good enough isn’t good enough, the ones who blast past what everyone lse thinks are boundaries. Take Jared Isaacman. He might have been satisfied by the many years of profit his credit card processing company has generated. But how could that compare with zooming around in fighter jets? That’s what his newer company, Draken International, does
to train U.S. military pilots. Draken has assembled one of the world’s largest fleets of privately owned fighter
jets—and even on the ground, Draken looks like a business moving at Mach speed, despite the risks. “It’s not
like you can get a loan against these kinds of aircraft,” he says. “If you default, you can’t have an auction.
That’s a high barrier.” Draken and the three other companies that follow—BasX Solutions, Fan Fest, and
County Fabricators—are a powerful reminder of the rewards that can come from pushing to the extremes.
Meet four companies that take entrepreneurship beyond the limit
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