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The Only Colleges That Matter
The Only Colleges That Matter
Special Feature:
Top Colleges
August 20, 2012
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Read about the top colleges in the country, entrepreneurs who begin their businesses in college and what happens when Apple brings jobs to China. Plus: the coolest city in the country and NYU students compete for start-up success. 

THE ONLY COLLEGES THAT MATTER
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Why this Summer may feel like harsh winter.

LEADERBOARD
DRIVING DESIGN
BMW’s idea lab mixes engineering and sleep design to forge sexy machines.

BUY/SELL/HOLD
We like social gaming from Spain and fried chicken from Kentucky. Deep-discount airlines and Netflix? Sell!

TRENDY IN TEXAS
FORBES crunched the data to determine the coolest city in America.

UP-AND-COMERS
A curator, a motivator and an eco-designer. Plus: Jeb Bush’s favorite college class.

SCORECARD
Larry Page and Ralph Lauren up; Mark Pincus and Sheldon Adelson down.

DRIVING THE GREEN // SPORTSMONEY
Golf’s ten top-earning players made $236 million over the last 12 months.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers, as well as Jay Leno and Russian CEO, weigh in on our latest stories.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Power of the irrational: formidable.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Harry Binswanger
Outsourcing is the U.S. at its best.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Recovery drag: the age of cheats.

STRATEGIES
RUNNING MAN- Hannah Elliott
Foot Locker Chief Ken Hicks is leading a rare retail turnaround. His plan is simple: Stay dissatisfied.

TECHNOLOGY
HOW JOBS CREATED JOBS // GLOBAL GROWTH- Connie Guglielmo
While Apple uses thousands of workers in China, it’s about to double-down on its true growth engine: having its entire creative team in one place.

COWS IN THE CLOUD- Tomio Geron
Fameron is the rare data startup willing to get its hands dirty.

ENTREPRENEURS
GET OUTTA THE LAB!- J.J. Colao
Silicon Valley sage Steve Blank is teaching scientists to turn their R&D into real businesses. It all starts with meeting customers.

STARTUP MARRIAGE- Jenna Goudreau
One bleary-eyed entrepreneur in a marriage is hard enough. Two takes meticulous planning, support and patience.

INVESTING
THE LITTLE MUTUAL FUND COMPANY THAT COULD- Halah Touryalai
While most big money managers are struggling to maintain asset levels, a little-known fund family is raking it in.

THE $5 MILLION QUESTION- Ashlea Ebeling
Should you give away wealth before Dec. 31? Maybe. But look past the hype.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Buying beyond what you know.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Behind the velvet rope.

SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Load up on growth before the dust settles.

TOP COLLEGES
HOW STANFORD MADE INSTAGRAM AN INSTANT SUCCESS- Steven Bertoni
Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of the photo app made Kevin Systrom the latest Silicon Valley cult hero. It happened only because he chose school over Zuckerberg’s startup.

PROFESSOR BILLIONAIRES- Ryan Mac
Stanford’s brainiest students come to David Cheriton for startup advice-and money. Two of them happened to be named Sergey and Larry.

BABSON MEANS BUSINESS- Michael Noer
Only self-starters need apply to this entrepreneurial powerhouse.

NYU’S STARTUP SCHOLARSHIPS- Tom Post
Students compete for a $200,000 purse.

TOP OF THE CLASS: AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES- Edited by Michael Noer and Zack O’Malley Greenburg
College costs are soaring, but for students accepted by one of these top institutions, as ranked by educational outcomes, attending is a no-brainer.

ALL-STAR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS- Susan Adams, Edwin Durgy, Sean Kilachand and Brian Solomon
Starting up, but not dropping out: These nine undergrads and recent graduates founded companies with at least $100,000 in revenues while they were studying full-time.

FEATURES
DJs ARE THE NEW ROCK STARS- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
A 24-year-old who goes by Skrillex made $15 million over the past year on electronic dance music-and has created a new model for the music industry in the process. Plus: How Tiesto became the world’s highest-paid DJ.

ELECTRONIC CASH KINGS- Zack O’Malley Greenburg and Ryan Mac
Spinning tunes now means minting cash. These ten DJs earned the most over the past 12 months.

DEATH BY HUBRIS?- Joann Muller
One of America’s most storied manufacturers, $14 billion Navistar survived the Civil War, the Depression and World War II. A stubborn decision by its CEO could bankrupt it.

LIFE
THE PGA TOUR’S SECRET ARMY // PHILANTHROPY- Michael Noer
Volunteers fulfill almost every role at a golf tournament, and pay for the privilege. Our reporter tries them all-in one weekend.

THOUGHTS
On country music.