Table of contents: VOL. 7, NO. 7 - August 1, 2006
In 10 nations on four continents, we've uncovered a dozen of the most promising new ventures for determined American entrepreneurs. The requirements: A bit of seed money, a little business savvy, and a great big appetite for adventure. (more)

South Korea's most popular social network, a strange blend of Blogger, Flickr, and videogame like avatars, brings in about $300,000 a day. Now it's launching a U.S. version. Should MySpace be worried? (more)
From Aussie blog mining to Finnish friend finding, here's where to locate the planet's most innovative new sites. (more)
With innovations like a skyscraping solar energy system, Australian entrepreneurs have taken the lead in finding fossil-fuel alternatives - and grabbed a beachhead in a huge global market. (more)
Richard Branson, entrepreneurial icon, shares his freshest ideas - like a Virgin superfuel that will let us jet around the world guilt-free. (more)
hits & misses

what's cool
The business tools you can't work without : The Not Sold Here Edition (more)
Travel Watches (more)
Travelers to far-flung places around the globe face multiple threats. Here's how to cope when crisis strikes. (more)
It's 8 feet long, gets 60 mpg and is surprisingly roomy and sufficiently nimble. (more)

what's next

Meet very basic customer needs with a radical new design. (more)

Caffeinated lingerie is gaining speed in the high-octane market for skin care. (more)
Complex surgery is the latest service to move offshore - and clever businesses are helping cost-conscious patients go under the knife overseas. (more)

Texting is insanely popular overseas, but practically nonexistent in the United States - for now. That just means we'll have to import the best tech from abroad. (more)
Alibaba is set to be China's answer to eBay - but CEO Jack Ma's ambitions hardly end there. (more)
R.J. Reynolds wants to sell America on smokeless, spitless mouth pouches. (more)
what works
The formerly hidebound 160-year old utility is remaking itself into the very model of a modern major phone company. (more)
Miguel Caballero's line of suits, shirts, and jackets is the first to merge high fashion with even higher security. (more)
For more than a century, the banana producer was nobody's idea of a role model. Now it's forging new ground in corporate responsibility. (more)
Cutting air vents in his sneakers inspired Geox founder Mario Moretti Polegato to launch a multimillion-dollar shoe brand. (more)
The U.K.-based outfit has created a high-tech family entertainment center that's bringing new customers onto the links. (more)
By locating in Mexico and using Latin America as a lab, software company Sapotek launched on the ultracheap. (more)
A leading Spanish business school founded by the group illustrates that Europeans have a firmer grip than Americans on how to succeed by caring for their own. (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|