Quality Bicycle in Minnesota is a great place to work if you love to bike. In fact, the company's culture -- and its business reputation -- depends on that. It's all part of Quality's inner logic, its code, its brand.
Brainpower is more important than ever, but education seems more backward than ever. John Taylor Gatto, an award-winning teacher, now aims to overthrow the public-school establishment for which he worked for 30 years.
Can one of Wall Street's venerable names become a driving force in the Internet economy? That's the challenge facing e-vangelists Peter Maillet and Peter Miller as they help J.P. Morgan transform itself for the digital age.
Every fall since 1993, Samuel Mockbee and his students have left Auburn and headed west to Hale County, one of the country's poorest regions. Their assignment: to build great houses with low-cost materials.
Mary McCormick is finding ingenious ways to apply Internet connections to urban problems -- from combating domestic violence to filling potholes. But the most important job of a social entrepreneur, she believes, is connecting people.
It's up to Motorola's Janiece Webb, one of the company's highest-impact change agents, to make Motorola a leader in the wireless Internet -- the next great global market.To pull it off, she -- and Motorola -- must make networking personal.
In a city that has suffered as a victim of the old style of sports ownership, the Redbirds and their ballpark have had a transforming effect. "It's become the most important facility in the city," says Steve Cohen, a state senator.
When it comes to evaluating Internet deals, Larraine Segil knows what's real. She's advised some of the biggest companies on how to partner with startups, and she's literally written the book on what she calls "Fast Alliances."
The Internet is reshaping business and communications around the globe. Now it's up to e-vangelists like Yahoo!'s Heather Killen to build truly global internet companies. Her mantra: no more 'international!'
Difficult circumstances are a test of business wits and corporate character. In Poland, company builders Helena Luczywo and Wanda Rapaczynski are creating a media empire built on savvy strategy and unwavering principles.
North Castle Partners is so obsessed with understanding teens that it has created an on-site clubhouse at its headquarters just for them. "We speak freely," says one teen. "That's what it's all about."