Here's an interview of the man who managed America's fastest growing companies That process is powered by an army of some 70,000 independent agents, who get paid to sign up new customers and other agents. I grew up working
in the family business, on the dairy farms, ice trucks, and distribution centers. My father believed in giving me and my four brothers and two sisters the chance to work hard. I started working for 3 cents an hour when I was 7 years old. After earning my M.B.A.
from the University of Texas, I joined the family investment business, where we invested capital in small businesses. I realized that I enjoyed the operational side of business much more than investing. So I left to find something I could start on my own. I started researching this new chain of stores called Blockbuster. But when I looked at the kinds of threats posed to the business, I read about something called fiber-optic technology, which would connect homes and download data at tremendous speeds. The more I dug into it, the more I thought it was really cool stuff. Around that same time,
I visited south Texas along the border with Mexico. I thought it was weird that I didn't see any of those "Do Not Dig" signs that protect buried cable. With all the long-distance phone traffic between the U.S. and Mexico, I expected to see those. So, I called the three phone companies I could think of, AT&T, Sprint, and MCI, and asked them about it. They told me to build it and they would come. That was the start of CapRock Fiber Network. We were at the right place
at the right time. The company grew like crazy, from zero to 1,300 employees. In 1998, we merged with IWL Communications and went public, which enabled us to raise more capital to keep expanding. In 2000, we sold the company to McLeodUSA, which was one of the strongest competitive local exchange carriers in the country. It was an all-stock deal, which made sense at the time. In early 2002, however, the telecom market collapsed and McLeod went bankrupt. That ended up being one of those lessons learned for me
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