founder finds freedom, success online

04/14/2010 | Financial Times (tiered subscription model)

Carlos Barrabés spent seven years at a boarding school, where he learned that he did not want anyone to order him around again. Along with his brother José, Barrabés founded, which they have built into a global online retailer of mountaineering gear. Beyond offering him the opportunity to be his own boss, online retailing has given Barrabés the freedom, time and money to delve into technology-based startups.

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