Table of contents: VOL. 6, NO. 4 - May 1, 2005
COVER STORY
With VCs awash in money and itching to spend, it's a great time to start a new business. We've found 11 of the hottest business opportunities today. Take your pick--and seek your fortune. (more)

Features
ENTERGY HAS FIGURED OUT A WAY TO MAKE AGING ATOMIC POWER PLANTS PAY--AND IS FUELING THE INDUSTRY'S UNLIKELY RESURGENCE. (more)
IT'S THE BIGGEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD, IT'S RUTHLESS, AND IT DEVOURS RIVALS AS IT KILLS CATEGORIES. BUT IT IS NOT INVINCIBLE. HERE ARE FOUR STRATEGIES FOR TAMING THE BEAST OF BENTONVILLE. (more)
Tired of asking "Are we there yet?" Communities across the United States are rolling out sophisticated broadband technologies to take the future for a test-drive. Here's where you'll find them. (more)
EarthLink founder Sky Dayton helped connect our PCs to the Net. Now he wants to put Korea's version of wireless broadband on our cell phones. (more)
Hits & Misses

Playbook

Every booming company grapples with the same problem: How do you maintain momentum when you barely have time to make sure the wheels don't fly off? The difference between enterprises that flourish and those that stumble is leadership. Here's how to turn your company into a perpetual growth machine. (more)
What's Cool

Ten days, one carry-on. Think it can't be done? Road warrior Kevin Knox does it all the time. Here are his tricks. (more)
Is it a car? An SUV? A pickup truck? Whatever you call it, Cadillac's Escalade EXT is a wide load that drives like a dream. (more)
What's Next
The creator of Napster has a plan to help file-sharing networks go legit and make money for the music labels. (more)


Investing's hottest game can pay off big--even if you're not George Soros. But it's also a huge gamble. Here's how you can improve your odds. (more)




What Works
After turning Blue Mountain Arts visitors into paying customers, ProFlowers went on to create the most efficient distribution network in the industry. (more)
Timbuk2 has prospered by exploiting a sweet spot between niche obscurity and mass-market dullness. (more)
Thanks to tiny drives and a shrewd battle plan, tech pioneer Seagate is growing for the first time in a decade. (more)
Forget full-blown jingles. Smart marketers are using music clips, beeps, and other sound bites to make consumers salivate in seconds. (more)
Thanks to cutting-edge logistics and e-commerce systems, Copart is sitting pretty in the salvage business. (more)
London-based First Penthouse is developing a new real estate market--the tops of other buildings. (more)
Multivision mines TV text to tell companies what's being said about them. (more)
Most managers are good at explaining why something can't be done. Don't be one of them. (more)
Maytag, the all-American appliance icon, is learning a dangerous lesson: You can't manage a turnaround just by managing costs. (more)
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