John B. Coleman left a good post-college job at an investment-banking firm in Boston, packed his bags, got an apartment and moved to Chicago to take a job offer from a well-known entrepreneur there. But when he got to Chicago and showed up for work, he found there was no job for him. In retrospect, he says, that was the best thing that could have happened.Unwilling to return to Boston “as an immediate failure,” Coleman stayed in Chicago and went into business for himself. Although he says he ...

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