Table of contents: VOL. 7, NO. 3 - April 1, 2006
Great management formulas aren't handed down on stone tablets. At even the smartest companies, they emerge from years of trial and error. Here are 25 best practices you've probably never heard of--and might want to start implementing tomorrow. (more)

Forget the IT network. It's a company's human infrastructure that really determines whether it lives or dies. (more)
CEO Edgar Bronfman's effort to adapt a storied label for the digital age could provide a blueprint for the salvation of the recording industry--and of the reputation of one of America's most intriguing moguls. (more)

Why did Toni Schneider leave a good job at Yahoo to dive back into the fray with blog-software maker Automattic? Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. (more)
hits & misses

what's cool
Want to make your travels faster, cheaper, and far more comfortable? We've got the answers. (more)
The business tools you can't work without (more)

Why hotel rooms are becoming the hot new play for savvy real estate investors. (more)
When time is money--lots and lots of it--a quarter-million-dollar SUV conversion from Becker Automotive Design can be worth every penny. (more)
what's next

Ireland's Ryanair gives away tickets to earn big profits from other aspects of the travel experience. (more)

With air starting to leak from the U.S. market, savvy speculators are now looking to Europe and South America. (more)

Here's a clue for product designers: The key to making smart stuff is including more features, not fewer. (more)

Kevin Rose was trying to improve the media, not reinvent it. But with Digg, that's exactly what he's doing. (more)
A Japanese temp agency wants robotic rentals modeled after characaters like Hello Kitty to man the front desk. (more)
what works
The key to Netflix's $687 million operation is its lightweight, versatile mailer. Here's how it has changed over the years, and why. (more)
A phenomenal U.S. turnaround has positioned Lacoste to move past polo shirts. (more)
How Niman Ranch built the brand that beat the butcher. (more)
A modest proposal for saving Time Warner and the entire industry from themselves. (more)
Dan Feshbach's animated educator helps children overcome learning disabilities. (more)
An up-close glimpse of a motorcycle crash inspired Kenji Takeuchi's $1.5 million line of airbag-equipped jackets. (more)
Plenty of CEOs play the blame game when things go wrong, but research suggests that their stocks suffer as a result. (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|