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This Founder’s Coffee Empire Is Closing In On A Valuation of $1 Billion


Todd Carmichael has always been up for an adventure. The founder of Philadelphia-based La Colombe Coffee Roasters climbed Mount Rainier on a whim at age 15. At 44, he set a world record for making the fastest solo trek across Antarctica to the South Pole (his record has since been broken). Here he explains how, along the way, he managed to build a coffee empire that earned the No. 2,256 spot on Inc.’s 2019 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S

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