Jerry Putnam is working to build an alternative to the Wall Street trading establishment. He's a maverick, but he's not a wild-eyed revolutionary. And his backers include some of the biggest names in finance.
Chet Huber of GM's OnStar has been working hard to connect automobile drivers to the outside world for seven years. His service has succeeded in ways he never expected -- and faced obstacles he never imagined.
Rob McEwen owned an underperforming gold mine in northwestern Ontario, and he needed new ideas about where to dig. So he broke new ground -- and made data on the mine available online to anyone who wanted to help. Eureka! The Internet gold rush was on.
Seagate Technology, one of the oldest firms in the disk-drive industry, has developed a set of five operating principles that allows it to out-innovate even the most nimble young competitor. The result: an innovator that poses a dilemma for its rivals.
Everything Microsoft touches, it eventually does brilliantly. When it comes to products, strategies, and sales growth, Microsoft sets the standard for performance. So why aren't we willing to trust Microsoft with all of our private information?
DoveBid has built its fortune on the misfortunes that come with irrational exuberance -- from the junk-bond scandals of the 1980s to the dotcom implosion. Here's how it gets the highest bidders -- and how it almost repeated the costly mistakes of its own clients.