Not every entrepreneurial venture follows the same trajectory. Take Lee Loree, inventor of the SleepTracker.
He has a $3 million company, selling an innovative tech product, yet he still works from home, has no employees and runs his entire company on an iPad.
Sure, he could scale up, hire employees and bring on private equity investors intent on securing a big payday down the line. But Loree's happy with his 10 to 20 percent annual growth, the challenges of selling internationally and the lifestyle he enjoys as a dad-entrepreneur.
Read more about him in my column this week.