Young Entrepreneurs

From E-mail to Riches

Ryan Pieter Middleton Allis

Broadwick Corp.
Durham, N.C.
Founded: 2003
Age: 21

Broadwick is the provider of the e-mail marketing software IntelliContact, which allows companies and nonprofits to create, send, and track permission-based e-mail newsletters and surveys through an on-demand Web-based application.

The company boasts more than 3,000 clients, including Super 8 Motel, International Paper, and Re/Max. Allis has 21 employees and monthly sales of $130,000. The company is adding at least 300 new clients each month. Allis himself has received attention in the press for his work and success at such a young age.

Lesson learned:
"I've learned to have a bias toward action in everything that I do. The second biggest lesson: Always keep your ear to the ground and integrate your customers into your product-development efforts."

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