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Utah father, CEO of billion-dollar startup shares secret to work-life balance

Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith speaks during the company's official opening of their European headquarters on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith speaks during the company's official opening of their European headquarters on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
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Ryan Smith is a husband, father, son, sibling, grandson, friend and the CEO of Provo-based Qualtrics, an online surveying and data collection company that is worth more than $1 billion.

The company was born in Smith's basement with the help of his father, Scott Smith, in 2002, according to TechCrunch. Eleven years later, Qualtrics hit No. 24 on Forbes' 2013 list of "America's Most Promising Companies," and Ryan Smith made the publication's list of "America's Most Promising CEOs Under 35" that same year. Today, Smith has 550 employees and 6,000 customers.

Along the path to startup stardom, Business Insider's Alyson Shontell reports that Smith turned to a CEO coach to help him keep his priorities straight. Smith shared his formula for work-life balance with other CEOs during a conference in Ireland last week, and Shontell discusses the details in a Nov. 10 article.

Read about how Smith's coach is helping him eat the proverbial elephant one bite at a time on the Business Insider website.