The future issue
January 13, 2014
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The Future Issue

Find out where the smart money is placing bets and what life-changing products are in the works.

  • Everything is connected

    Everything is connected

    Qualcomm, the company that brought you ubiquitous mobility, is now on a quest to connect all things to the Net.
    By Michal Lev-Ram

  • Where Google Ventures is pinning its hopes

    Where Google Ventures is pinning its hopes

    The search giant's venture capital unit, no longer a Silicon Valley punch line, is shaking up the business. By Miguel Helft

  • A futurist knows

    A futurist knows

    In an interview about his career and the future of the movie industry, Robert Downey Jr. tells Fortune about the real-life discussions that have influenced his thinking about technology, business, and entertainment. By Stephanie N. Mehta

  • Countdown to the Snapchat revolution

    Countdown to the Snapchat revolution

    The photo-sharing app is having a moment. Can it figure out a way to make money before the clock runs out? By Jessi Hempel and Adam Lashinsky

  • The Fortune crystal ball

    The Fortune crystal ball

    What will get the talking heads talking in 2014 -- the big deals, the inescapable trends, the newsmakers? Our well-studied predictions for the year ahead.

  • The new Koch

    The new Koch

    Koch Industries may be known as an oil company. But the vast private business empire run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is expanding into vital industries like food, water, and personal technology. By Christopher Leonard

  • Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    The Volcker Rule: a triumph of complexity over common sense.

  • Dan Primack

    Dan Primack

    Venture capital will thrive even if tech IPOs don't.

  • John Cassidy

    John Cassidy

    Party crasher: tamping down some 2014 wishful thinking.

  • Nina Easton

    Nina Easton

    Will allowing more foreign workers shrink the salary gap?

  • Closer look

    Closer look

    Apparel company American Giant makes the most desired sweatshirt on the market. Demand brought an unexpected move: to source and manufacture it all in the U.S. By Craig Giammona

  • International


    After relaxing its one-child policy, China braces for a wave of infants. Will it last? By Scott Cendrowski

  • Extraterrestrial


    A company that first made outfits for zero gravity redesigns its gear. By Catherine Dunn

  • Hollywood's military complex

    Hollywood's military complex

    The extraordinary savings behind a blockbuster partnership. By Soo Youn

  • Chartist


    Dubai leads the Middle East's rise as a hub for air travel. Graphic by Nicolas Rapp

  • How I Got Started

    How I Got Started

    Inspired by an unlikely episode, Dal LaMagna built Tweezerman from the bottom up. Interview by Dinah Eng

  • Family business

    Family business

    Kathleen Doyle is making a bid to turn her family auction house into a global player. By Dinah Eng

  • Emerging markets

    Emerging markets

    Why 2014 could be Mexico's year. By Jen Wieczner

  • Wealth adviser

    Wealth adviser

    Emerging-market bonds offer diversification and, thanks to a plunge in prices, generous yields. By Janice Revell

  • 21st-Century investing

    21st-Century investing

    Private equity firms are rolling out IPOs of their overhauled portfolio companies at a record rate. You should think twice before buying. By Lauren Silva Laughlin

  • Gucci, Chanel, and ... Qeelin?

    Gucci, Chanel, and ... Qeelin?

    The fashion conglomerate Kering is betting that Chinese consumers will covet one of their own -- a high-end Asian jewelry brand. By Jennifer Reingold

  • Technology and its discontents

    Technology and its discontents

    Silicon Valley has always been about challenging the status quo. Just realize that gaffes can and will ensue. It's the price of large-scale change. By Andy Serwer


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