Welcome to Forbes for June 2nd, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story: ´´Inside New CEO Mary Barra´s Urgent Mission to Fix GM´´ -- Mary Barra made history by working her way into Detroit´s car-guy club and becoming the first female CEO of General Motors. Now can she fix the company? Also, ´´Philip Morris International Bets Big on the Future of Smoking´´ -- Cigarette smoking kills an estimated 5.4 million people a year worldwide, but recent history has demonstrated that people, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia, still figure out a way to get their fix. PMI is trying to help the world’s smokers get that fix in a way that a) doesn’t eventually kill half of them, and b) replicates the aspects of smoking that got a lot of them hooked in the first place. Next, ´´Healthy Franchise: How Right At Home Is Banking on the Senior Boom´´ -- Senior care company Right at Home stands apart from rivals with its emphasis on training and support, its use of nurses where many competitors offer only personal aides, and its sector-leading move into international markets. It’s all prelude to a worldwide explosion in senior care in the coming decades. Then, ´´Crash Diet: After Shedding Thousands of Locations, Can Curves Get Back in Shape?´´ Long billed as a 30-minute strength-training, weight-loss miracle for women, Curves International has been shedding franchise locations faster than it can sell them. Now, new owner North Castle Partners is hatching a turnaround plan. We´ll also tell you about, ´´The Case for Coal´´ -- Shares in coal companies have plunged as draconian regulations and falling natural gas prices cripple U-S miners. Looks like a perfect time to buy. Followed by, ´´´Mat´ in America: U-S Manufacture Succeeds for WeatherTech´´ -- By wrapping $150 car floor liners in the flag, WeatherTech´s David MacNeil is creating one of the world´s more unlikely luxury brands. And in our final... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/140602de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:IDEA WATCH´´How Venture Capitalists Really Assess A Pitch´´ by the Editors of Harvard Business Review. FEATURE ARTICLES´´What Sets Successful CEOs Apart´´ by Elena Lytkina Botelho, Kim Rosenkoetter Powell, Stephen Kincaid, and Dina Wang. ´´Onboarding Isn´t Enough´´ by Mark Byford, Michael D. Watkins, and Lena Triantogiannis. ´´The Talent Curse´´ by Jennifer Petriglieri and Gianpiero Petriglieri. ´´Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage´´ by Robert D. Austin and Gary P. Pisano. ´´What´s Your Data Strategy?´´ by Leandro Dallemule and Thomas H. Davenport. ´´The World´s Next Great Manufacturing Center´´ by Irene Yuan Sun. Please Note: Harvard Business Review does not publish in August. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/hbsp/170510de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for October 6, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made the Most Lucrative Bet in Silicon Valley History´´ – Yahoo got the cash. Its bounced-out founder got the vindication. How the jackpot Alibaba deal went down on a casual beach stroll, and what Yang plans to do next as the Valley´s new power broker to Asia. Also, ´´Long-Ago Twist Yields Ballmer a Fortune in Microsoft Stock´´ –How did Steve Ballmer acquire enough Microsoft stock to be near the top of The Forbes 400 list? The full story is quirkier than what appears in most Microsoft histories. Next this related story, ´´Gone from Microsoft, Ballmer Begins a Surprising Second Act´´ – It’s not his job anymore to cheer-lead for Windows, Bing, or a host of other Microsoft efforts. Now, ex-CEO Steve Ballmer is on to the next thing and trying to pull off the biggest relaunch of his career: himself. We´ll also take you, ´´Inside An $8 Billion Family Feud: Who Poisoned the Orkin Fortune?´´ – Orkin, along with the nine extermination companies housed under Rollins Incorporated, remains the leading company in pest control. But the Rollins family is embroiled in one of the nastiest intergenerational battles ever to take place among members of The Forbes 400. Then, ´´Gilbertville: a Billionaire´s Drive to Rebuild the Motor City´´ – Over the past four years, Dan Gilbert has become one of Detroit´s single-largest commercial landowners. But while the billionaire owner of Quicken Loans has attracted a fair amount of attention for his efforts, the most brilliant–and risky–part of the story is far less known. Followed by, ´´Roosevelts versus Plutocrats´´ – The new PBS series The Roosevelts supplies 14 hours on the presidencies and eras of Theodore Roosevelt and his cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt. But the series fails to address two key points abo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/141006de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue: ´´How Katy Perry Became America´s Top Pop Export´´ by Zack O´Malley Greenburg. ´´The Epic Fall of Guess Jeans and The Marciano Brothers´´ by Abram Brown. ´´How Docker Escaped Near-Death to Become Software´s Next Big Thing´´ by Alex Konrad. ´´Does Your Dog Eat Organic? Meet the ´Human Grade´ Pet Food Startup´´ by Brian Solomon. ´´Big Ideas, Small Scale: How GE Is Using the Wisdom of Crowds to Design Better Appliances´´ by Joann Muller. ´´Phil Ruffin Offers Farewell Toast to Fellow Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian (1917-2015)´´ by Phil Ruffin. ´´Team Geniuses--Jerks or Angels?´´ by Rich Karlgaard. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/150706de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for March 31st, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´The Best Venture Capitalists in The World for 2014” - Every tech investor dreams of striking gold with a portfolio full of big exits. Here are this year’s best of the best. Also, ´´Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley´s Innovation Factory” - Sequoia Capital has emerged as Silicon Valley´s search engine for disruption--and billionaires -- with its prescient support of companies such as WhatsApp, Dropbox, and Airbnb. That´s why the firm dominates FORBES´ 2014 Midas List. Next, ´´Look Who Sequoia Bankrolls: These 13 Tech Titans Stand Out” - Over the years, Sequoia Capital has bankrolled a long list of legendary Silicon Valley companies, starting with Apple, Cisco Systems and Yahoo — and going on to include disruptive new players such as WhatsApp, Airbnb, and Dropbox. Most of the time, Sequoia’s list of top investments is just that: a list. But on a recent Thursday evening, the roster came to life. Then, ´´Merger Mania Fueled by Accounting Rules That Can Make a Bad Deal Look Good” - A funny thing happened after Facebook announced it was spending $19 billion to buy WhatsApp; its stock went up 6% over the next two weeks. Traditionally investors have punished the stocks of big acquirers. Not this year. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Vince McMahon´s Over-the-Top Move: Why the Billionaire CEO Is Betting Big on the New WWE Network” - the 68-year-old chairman and CEO has built the company from a solid regional operation to a powerful international brand that’s valued at $2.3 billion. Followed by, ´´China Unfettered: Redefining the Rules of the Seas” - A rising China is seeking to assert its sea-boundary claims. It is naive to believe that a strong China will accept the conventional definition of what parts of the sea around it are under its jurisdict... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/140331de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for March 10th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´Facebook´s Sheryl Sandberg and the Rise of Women Billionaires” - The biggest group ever of new women billionaires swells their ranks to new highs, in both numbers and percentage (just over 10%). Leading the charge: a new Facebook billionaire who wants more women to follow in her shoes. Also, ´´Inside the 2014 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts and Figures” - The ranks of the world’s billionaires continue to scale new heights–and stretch to new corners of the world. Our global wealth team found 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion a year ago. Next, ´´James Packer´s Next Big Gamble Is on Hollywood” - At 46, Packer is finally emerging from the long shadow of his father - the late media mogul Kerry Packer - to come into his own as Australia’s second-richest person, with an estimated fortune of $6.5 billion. Then, ´´Ukraine: A Mistake Moscow Will Regret” - With Russia´s seizure of Crimea (and who knows how much else of Ukraine) Vladimir Putin has made a strategic blunder that could rival the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Charlie Ergen´s Long Winning Streak: Nine Key Moments” - He rose from blackjack hustler to media king with bold gambles and shrewd hedges. Now Ergen’s got a $15 billion fortune and 14 million subscribers to his DISH Network — plus almost as many enemies. Followed by, ´´Inside the Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, the Secret Meetings, the $19 Billion Poker Game” - Buying the world’s biggest and most reclusive messaging service took more than just money: months of gaining its founders´ trust and a promise of independence. And in our final story, ´´What the World´s Wealthiest Can Buy with Their Billions: Hair Dye a... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/140310de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for July 1st, 2013 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´Toby Keith, Cowboy Capitalist: Country´s $500 Million Man” – Country superstar Toby Keith has some of the most loyal fans in music. And he owns enough product extensions to make sure they´re also some of the most lucrative. Also, ´´Oprah Winfrey Regains No. 1 Slot on Forbes 2013 List of the Most Powerful Celebrities” – She´s Number One in a female-dominated top 10 that includes Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Taylor Swift, and Ellen DeGeneres. Next, ´´Meet Armando Montelongo: The Home-Flipping Huckster Who´ll Make $50M This Year” – The one certain multimillionaire to emerge from Montelongo’s weekend seminars? Montelongo himself. Then, ´´Is 21-Year-Old Samantha Shannon the Next J.K. Rowling?” Shannon and her fellow scribes of the addictive fantasy-fiction ilk carry the expectations of an entire industry. We´ll also tell you about, ´´The Technology That Could Put Apple Back On Top – A revolutionary new color enhancement technology could be exactly the boost that Apple needs to draw the Retina ahead of the S4. Followed by, ´´Finally! The Fed May Stop Poisoning the Economy” – Our central bank is continually hailed for ´´doing its part” to help the economy, while the rest of Washington flounders. But the reality is contrary and ugly. And in our final story, ´´Gilder´s Triumph: Knowledge and Power – author George Gilder´s new work is his best–the book of the year, maybe of the new millennium. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/130701de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:´´Baby Buffett: Will Bill Ackman Resurrect the Ghost of Howard Hughes and Build a Corporate Empire?´´ by Antoine Gara. ´´Bow to Your Billionaire Drone Overlord: Frank Wang´s Quest to Put DJI Robots into the Sky´´ by Ryan Mac, Heng Shao, and Frank Bi.´´Global 2000: Hall of Fame CEOs on Growth, Good Advice, and the Next Decade´´ by Christopher Helman and Matthew Herper.´´The Job of the Future Is Training Robots to Work with Humans´´ by Alex Knapp. ´´Good News: You Won´t Retire Broke´´ by Steve Forbes.´´A Farewell Tribute to Alfred Taubman´´ by Les Wexner, as told to Dan Alexander. ´´Smart-City Champions´´ by Rich Karlgaard. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/150511de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for March 11th, 2013 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´Russian Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov: From Oligarch to President?” Mikhail Prokhorov is a tycoon in Russia, Jay-Z´s partner in Brooklyn -- and a strong candidate to eventually replace Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, a prospect the billionaire is turning into his full-time job. Also, ´´The World´s Billionaires” – The names, numbers, and stories behind the 1,426 people who control the global economy. Next, ´´Prince Alwaleed and the Curious Case of Kingdom Holding Stock” – Image is everything to the billionaire Saudi Arabian prince, but all is not as it seems. A look inside his life, from the real to the fake. Then . . . Rescuing NASA from Terminal Public Apathy -- Presidential and congressional politics turned the Apollo space program into a jobs program. We´ll also tell you about, ´´The War on Drugs: A Defining Moment” – The consequences of legalizing recreational drugs will be momentous, because the profits to be made from the marketing and selling of them will be enormous. Followed by, ´´Teams Matter; Talent Is Not Enough” – Turning talent into teams remains an art. And in our final story, ´´The Mad Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World´s Hottest Camera Company” – GoPro´s Nick Woodman lived to surf and take photos doing it. It´s a reminder of the most powerful model in business: do what you love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/130311de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.