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Innovation Factory
Special Feature:
Midas List (Venture Capital)
April 14, 2014
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The 2014 “Midas List” ranks the world’s best and most innovative venture capitalists.  Get an inside look at how Sequoia Capital finds, funds, and flips the greatest tech startups of all time.  Meet the ganja-preneurs, like Michael Mona, behind the great pot penny stock on 2014.

 

FACT AND COMMENT - Steve Forbes

A cry to Congress: Save the Internet!

 

LEADERBOARD

SEQUOIA GIANTS

Bringing 13 tech legends together on Tesla Motors’ factory floor.

 

BITTERSWEET

Not everyone involved in making Candy Crush Saga will cash in on its sweet IPO.

 

CRIMEAN PUNISHMENT

The embattled peninsula is rocked be uncertainty, and the ten billionaire oligarchs who dominate much of the economy have together lost almost $4 billion.

 

DIAMOND JUBILEE

Sky-high local cable deals and the lack of a salary cap have fueled massive contracts for baseball’s top-earning players.

 

KEN GRIFFIN’S MOSTLY HAPPY RETURNS

The head of $18 billion hedge fund Citadel started trading in his Harvard dorm room. How’d he get so far?

 

ACTIVE CONVERSATION

Jan Koum’s rag-to-riches tale inspires. Likewise, the women joining the billionaire’s list.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS  

CURRENT EVENTS - Lee Kuan Yew

China unfettered: Old rules no longer bind.

 

CURRENT EVENTS - Amity Shlaes

Harvard degree’s price: four years of dependence

 

CAPITAL FLOWS - Avik Roy

We will learn the lessons of history?

 

INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard

Peter Drucker and me.

 

STRATEGIES

BIOTECH’S NEXT BIG THING - Matthew Herper

After decades of experimentation and failure is gene therapy finally ready for prime time? Investors certainly think so.

 

THE GREEN MONSTER - Kurt Badenhausen

Winning the World Series was nice, but John Henry and his Fenway Sports Group have plans to build a global sports juggernaut.

 

TECHNOLOGY

HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR THAT LIPSTICK? - Adam Tanner

Big data is helping customers price goods according to a customer’s willingness to pay.

 

INVESTING

MERGER MIRAGE - Daniel Fisher

Acquisitions are on the rise and winning investors’ favor. But loose accounting rules can make even a bad deal look good.

 

BETTING ON BILLIONAIRES, NOT BUBBLES - Brian Solomon

Kinetics Internet Fund crashed when dot-com bubble burst. Now it’s killing it by avoiding future dot-bombs.

 

GET YOUR MONEY MANAGED FOR FREE - William Baldwin

Some ETFs have negative expenses. The trick: securities lending.

 

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY - Ken Fisher

Only two things can stop the bull market.

 

INVESTOR CHECKUP - William Baldwin

Is your fund trading too much?

 

SMALL STOCKS - Jim Oberweis

The case for stocks with crazy P/Es.

 

ENTREPRENEURS

PET PROJECT - Karsten Strauss

How a British couple turned the shock of a $5,000 vet bill into a 53-million-a-year business.

 

FEATURES

THE INNOVATION FACTORY - George Anders with Alex Konrad

Sequoia Capital is Silicon Valley’s search engine for disruption- and billionaires.

Plus: The Midas List

 

MONSTER MOVE - Michael Solomon and Daniel Fisher

Vince McMahon sucker punched his traditional TV partners when he launched the WWE Network earlier this year. The unorthodox maneuver could transform his business- or he could fall flat on his face.

 

HIGH TIMES! - Nathan Vardi

Meet the shady band of ex-cons, ganja-preneurs and multilevel marketers behind the great pot penny stock boom of 2014. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 

CAN THIS MAN FEED THE WOLD? - Alex Morrell

Harry Stine built and obscure $3 billion empire by breeding a better soybean seed. Now the richest man in Iowa thinks he has revolutionized corn, the Earth’s most popular crop.

 

BrandVoice - SAMSUNG

Launching Students Into Science: How a Middle School Touched Outer Space

 

LIFE

THE BALLAD OF BALCONES - Abram Brown

Want to find the best single malt whiskey in the world? Look under a bridge in Waco.

 

THOUGHTS

On taxes.