William Danforth—He founded Purina Mills, the company that would soon become Ralston-Purina, in St. Louis, Missouri, during the summer of 1894. As of the early 2000s, Ralston-Purina is now a part of Nestle, combining two of my favorite companies (the only other merger of equal beauty during my lifetime occurred when Procter & Gamble picked up Gillette).
The reason why I like William Danforth so much is because he understands the connection between business and the rest of your life (I have a tendency to gravitate towards the investor/philosopher types). He is the gentleman that wrote the book “I Dare You”, which I plug on this site as the summer read of 2013.
In I Dare You, Danforth explains what he believes to be the key to successful. He argues that a successful life is essentially about balance a four-square: our economic interests, our physical health, our intimate/social … Read the rest of this article!