The Best of Inc.'s Feature Stories in 2013

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Betrayed in China: One Entrepreneur's Hard Journey East

Adam Kasha was proud of his from-the-gut approach to doing business in China. Then his partnership with a Chinese trading agent went spectacularly bad, and he realized he was being taught a hard lesson in how things actually work. Inc. senior writer Burt Helm says he felt lucky in reporting, because Kasha was a "patient, generous source" who spent days in China with Helm retracing his steps.

Helm says: "He also provided me with emails between the two of them, which I ended up using in the story. It really brought an immediacy to the trouble both faced." Read it now.