Table of contents: VOL. 5, NO. 8 - September 1, 2004
An Insider's Guide to America's Top Business Schools The truth about student life in the nation's premier MBA programs.
Saving TiVo IT'S BEEN WRITTEN OFF BY THE EXPERTS. BUT THANKS TO A SILICON VALLEY SOFTWARE LEGEND, THE COMPANY THAT INVENTED DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDING SAYS IT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE THE WAY WE WATCH TV--AGAIN.
The 800-Lb. Copycat Set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta has been outselling TiVo with its cheaper, simpler DVRs.
The Rebirth of Cool REEBOK HAS GIVEN UP ON TRYING TO BEAT NIKE AT THE HARD-CORE SPORTS GAME. INSTEAD, IT WANTS TO BECOME THE SHOE BRAND FOR HIP-HOPPERS, HIPSTERS, AND OTHER FASHION-FORWARD URBANITES.
The Cat Lands on Its Feet After letting reliability in its venerable cars free-fall for decades, Jaguar has changed its ways. The first thought that the company's S-Type conjures? Bloody well done.
Bonus: Earn It. Spend It.
Hits & Misses
Tilting at the Ballot Box Entrepreneur David Chaum's e-money venture flopped. Now he wants to fix electronic voting. For once, is the brilliant inventor right on time?
Where's Your Raise? Profits are up and inflation is under control, but America's workers aren't getting richer. File your complaints with the benefits department.
In Front: People. Trends. Ideas
Banking On a New Design When Umpqua melded financial services with retail in 1995, larger companies followed. Now its cutting-edge store in Portland, Ore., is shaking up the industry again.
Dare to Be Different Great companies can thrive in lousy industries by tapping their own insights--and saying no to conventional wisdom and management gurus.
From Tooth to Nail Once a stodgy dental supplier, nail-polish giant OPI gave itself a radical makeover.
Meet eBay's New Postman Pitney Bowes could have gone the way of the buggy-whip maker. Instead, it rethought the postal service and now acts like a new-economy startup.
New Life for Old Games By creating a market for plug-and-play videogames, Jakks Pacific has built a bustling $66 million business around Pac-Man and Pong.
Ripping Up the Textbook Business O'Reilly Media's newest trick: Unleashing technology on the most outdated corner of the publishing world.
The Sultan of Stitch By focusing on a single market, tiny Majestic Athletic broke into the big leagues.
What Works: Tools. Tactics. Insights.