Table of contents: VOL. 6, NO. 5 - June 1, 2005
COVER STORY
CHEAP DESIGN TOOLS. OFFSHORE FACTORIES. FREE BUZZ MARKETING. HOW TODAY'S STARTUPS ARE GOING FROM IDEA TO $30 MILLION HIT--OVERNIGHT. (more)

Features
In 2003, Nissan built Mississippi's first auto plant to help target the vital U.S. market. When the going got a little rough, the company mounted a grueling campaign to rescue its vision--and it may be reinventing car manufacturing in the process. (more)
AccuWeather pioneered the business of forecasting, and for years its outlook was sunny--until the Weather Channel appeared on the horizon. Here's how AccuWeather lost its lead and what it's doing to win it back. (more)
AN IBM-LED CONSORTIUM NAMED ITS RADICAL SPEED-DEMON-OF-A-CHIP AFTER THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCK OF LIFE. WILL IT GIVE BIRTH TO A REVOLUTIONARY ERA IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY? (more)
Our yearly ranking of businesses whose inventiveness and quick reflexes are helping them to set the pace for the economy. (more)
Silicon Valley veteran Mike Homer wants to move TV shows from the airwaves to the grid. If he succeeds, we'll never look at video the same way again. (more)
Hits & Misses

What's Cool
For a quick but thorough workout, skip the gym and try the regimen of the stars. (more)
THE BUSINESS TOOLS YOU CAN'T WORK WITHOUT[*] (more)

Got a few free hours after the last meeting? Here are six courses you can get to in 30 minutes or less. (more)
Who calls a $150,000 car a bargain? Anyone on the lengthy waiting list for a Bentley Continental GT. (more)

What's Next

$500 million for Howard Stern, that's why. XM chief Hugh Panero thinks his rival, Sirius, has gone a bit bonkers--which just might leave him with the last laugh. (more)

Oil prices show no signs of easing. That's bad news for consumers, but it creates plenty of opportunity for adventurous investors. (more)




What Works
Tiny MySpace made a business out of social networking by giving its music-loving crowd reason to come back. (more)
Urban Outfitters is one of the best-performing clothing chains around. Why? Because it refuses to act like one. (more)
Blue Q Sells Sex, Sass, and--oh, Yeah--soap. (more)
How a Harvard undergrad transformed the humble freshman facebook Into a profitable social network. (more)
Done right, a good pitch really pays off. That's why mainstream firms are lining up to learn the art of the effective infomercial. (more)
In the world's largest market for mobile devices, a clever startup is solving China's personal energy shortage. (more)
Google and a government lab helped Intellifit deliver retail ecstasy: Clothes that fit. (more)
Never mind the conventional wisdom. The evidence says that when bosses partner with unions, it's good for both workers and the bottom line. (more)
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