Table of contents: VOL. 6, NO. 8 - September 1, 2005
COVER STORY
WANT TO START A COMPANY? WE FOUND 11 VENTURE CAPITALISTS SITTING ON BUSINESS IDEAS THEY'RE DYING TO BANKROLL. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SEND THEM EXACTLY THE RIGHT BUSINESS PLAN. (more)

Features
Home-shopping giant QVC is becoming one of the most powerful forces in retail. Here's the secret to its surprising success. (more)
MONSANTO'S MOVE INTO BIOENGINEERED CROPS ALMOST POISONED THE COMPANY. NOW THEY MAY BE THE FUEL THAT REMAKES IT INTO THE MICROSOFT OF FOOD. (more)
Investing isn't just about tomorrow--these seven strategies can help you live like a fat cat today. (more)



EVERYONE WANTS A MILLION-DOLLAR PAYDAY. HERE'S HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES. (more)
We survey the country's top business schools to tell you how good an investment they really are. (more)
NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright has put together all the pieces of the perfect media conglomerate. Will the Web tear it apart? (more)
hits & misses

what's cool
THE BUSINESS TOOLS YOU CAN'T WORK WITHOUT* (more)

Here are three portable units that let you say no to the car-rental agencies' confusing and costly systems. (more)
Sick of filling the endless hours between flights with phone calls and e-mail? More and more airports are offering creative ways to pass the time. (more)
Audi A3? Mini Cooper S? Whether you're packing Junior off to college or racing around the city, you can't go wrong with either of these refined German starters. (more)

what's next







what's next?
Entrepreneur Miles Nadal wants to save the industry from itself by emphasizing creativity, not control. (more)
what works
When the leader in desktop publishing software got lazy, a nimbler competitor grabbed market share. (more)
By spreading the work among nine countries, Yves Guillemot made Ubisoft's game studios the cheapest--and most creative--in the industry. (more)
It's time to trash those harsh overhead fluorescents. Spotlights and sunshine put retail customers in a buying mood. (more)
Suburban sprawl put $11.7 billion Pulte Homes on the map. Now market research is helping CEO Richard Dugas turn it into America's real estate king. (more)
Surveys are tedious. Focus groups are fickle. That's why Intuit and GE use a radical new research technique to keep customers happy and revenue growing. (more)
Suntory created a $900-million-a-year hit soft drink by meditating over mistakes. (more)
Spanish brand Camper thrives by encouraging its designers to ignore what's in fashion. (more)
Faced with a decorating challenge, the founders of Blik invented the hottest new thing in interior design. (more)
Choosing between business schools can be maddening, unless you know exactly what you're looking for. (more)
It builds some of the world's most sophisticated chips, but it's not yet turning a consistent profit. To get there, it needs to be strong where its larger rival is weak. (more)
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