Table of contents: VOL. 7, NO. 2 - March 1, 2006
PREPARE FOR LIFTOFF: The space business may be the most incredible new opportunity of your lifetime. (more)

An acclaimed writer turned entrepreneur tries to remake the art of storytelling for the digital era--and boost the volume on a huge new market he helped to create. Will his tale have a happy ending? (more)
After getting rich shaking up the PC, Internet, and videogame worlds, some well-known names hope to do the same for spaceflight. (more)
Rockets are old news. The hottest idea in space enterprise is a tether to take us all the way from Earth to orbit. Meet the startups that think they can make it happen. (more)
To land humans on Mars, NASA will need new equipment, fresh thinking, and advanced technology. These companies are preparing for mankind's next giant leap. (more)
There's money to be made in orbit. Research, energy, hotels, even sports arenas are coming--a lot sooner than you think. (more)
The tiny town of Mojave, Calif., could become the Silicon Valley of spaceflight. (more)
SpaceShipOne's creator says private enterprise, not government funding, will conquer the final frontier. (more)
In the decades ahead, how much money will be made in space? Here's our comprehensive guide to a universe of new opportunities. (more)
The discount brokerage pioneer got his namesake company back to the top by returning it to its roots. (more)

A new Web revolution is picking up steam, and the next Google or Microsoft could emerge from the companies that are in the vanguard. (more)

hits & misses
Lotus finds a healthy position in the U.S. car market; Nokia silences its critics with a surprisingly popular phone-free device. (more)
what's cool
The business tools you can't work without (more)
The newest tools for your toolkit. (more)
How to become a major merchandiser on eBay--without spending a dime on merchandise. (more)
Easy ways to clean up when spills get you down. (more)

what's next

How content companies stand to profit from breaking programming into bite-size pieces. (more)
An open-source project tries to break Cisco's lock on the $4 billion corporate router business. (more)
The advertising business is ripe for infiltration by the math jocks--and search-engine savant Ellen Siminoff is leading the campaign. (more)
One startup is betting that digital 3-D can rejuvenate the ailing box office. (more)

what works
It takes money to make money. Use these heavenly hints to attract the early-stage funding you need to get your new business off the ground. (more)
Germany's Tchibo sells coffee alongside a rotating menu of consumer products. (more)
Empyrean International is building a new business around hip modular homes. (more)
Geekcorps volunteers help developing nations move closer to technology's leading edge. (more)
Working at an auto body shop gave Joe Born an idea for fixing scratched CDs--and helped him launch a $25 million company. (more)
Outsourcing customer service may seem like a bargain, but it can cost you some of your most valuable clients. (more)
They're fussy, pampered, and growing fast. No wonder toddlers are the favorite new target of luxury-goods marketers. (more)
Why a surprising number of managers talk their way into lousy hires. (more)
Our annual rankings show another banner year for the businesses leading the tech revival. Here's who is out in front and how they got there. |more|
It's getting crowded on the Web 2.0 frontier, but we highlight the newcomers most likely to strike gold in 2007. |more|
See the video, test your Dumbest knowledge, and let us know what you think was the year's most boneheaded moves. |more|
The real estate slump could get worse before it gets better. Here are smart strategies for today's turbulent market. |more|
It just may be possible to have it all. Business 2.0's guide shows you how to live large now - and bankroll your future. |more|