Big businesses searching for inspiration, innovation, and startup verve are finding a surprising new source: the entrepreneurs whose startups they buy. Meet the owners who got bought out—but dıdn’t sell out

BIG CORPORATIONS can be unhappy places these days. The new president is very publicly smacking them down—about the cost of Air Force One, about drug prices, about the car plants they have in Mexico. Activist investors harangue Fortune 500 CEOs about boosting returns even as the

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