Table of contents: VOL. 5, NO. 7 - August 1, 2004
McProgrammers Rajendra Pawar created a global chain of computer schools that churns out low-cost techies for call centers and software farms. That has made him a fortune--and a folk hero.
Quantum Leap THE WORLD'S BIGGEST R&D LABS ARE RACING TO BUILD A QUANTUM COMPUTER. GEORDIE ROSE THINKS HE CAN BEAT THEM. IS HE JUST BLOWING SMOKE?
The New Bionic Man Ossur revolutionized the business of building prosthetic legs, making amputees better, stronger, faster--and itself more profitable.
Technology Map of the World It's a global economy, but innovation thrives locally. From Boston to Beijing, here's a guide to the planet's emerging high-tech hot spots.
Turismo Bellissimo Sure, the new Granturismo is the fastest, largest, most advanced Vespa ever made. But for getting around town, it's just as sensible as ever.
Bonus: Earn It. Spend It.
Hits & Misses
Gearing Ourselves for Globalization Free trade isn't the cause of the world's ills, says Columbia professor Jagdish Bhagwati. It's the best cure we have for them--if only we can stomach it.
Uneven Benefits Are private investment accounts the way to fix Social Security? Chile's experience highlights the ups and downs.
In Front: People. Trends. Ideas.
What Doesn't Work
All Work, No Play? It Doesn't Pay. European companies get it, but when will their workaholic American counterparts? Longer hours don't always add up to better work.
Heir to the Throne Flush with success in Japan, Toto Ltd. next wants to conquer America with its wondrous high-tech toilets.
How To Pump Out Profits For Over 100 Years Engineering giant Voith stays on top by thinking like a tech firm.
Kenya's Got Your Goat Need a 150-lb. mbuzi shipped tomorrow in Nairobi? An African startup does it with vouchers.
More Green From Green Beans By packaging ready-to-eat veggies at the airport--and overnighting them to Europe--Kenya's farmers are reaping healthy profits.
The Department Store Rises Again Wild stunts and clever designs have transformed the stuffy Selfridges chain into a collection of hip and happening spaces.
The Startup Oasis Why are so many tech companies blooming in Israel? Because the infertile markets at home have forced the locals to think big.
What Works: Tools.Tactics.Insights.