Yearly Archives: 2014
  • Leigh Steinberg talks Richard Sherman, Jay Z, and the Super Bowl

    The former sports superagent and real-life "Jerry Maguire," recently recertified to represent NFL players, opens up about a wide range of issues -- from salary caps to the concussion controversy to his ambitious plans for a comeback.

    FORTUNE -- He's back -- maybe.

    The man who director Cameron Crowe shadowed for a year as research for the movie Jerry Maguire has a new book out and has initiated a return to athlete MORE

    - Jan 24, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The next thin slice of luxury from Ford

    The 2015 Lincoln Navigator gives the company a model that competes against the Range Rover and Escalade, but building a luxe brand is a long slog.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- The new Lincoln Navigator signifies a spruced-up addition to Ford Motor Co.'s vehicle lineup. More importantly, the big and fancy SUV proves that Ford hasn't lost its determination to recreate the Lincoln luxury brand.

    Taken alone, the 2015 Navigator, which will MORE

    Jan 23, 2014 11:47 AM ET
  • Don't believe the tech bubble hype

    3 reasons why tech valuations aren't as outrageous as some think

    By Scott Kupor

    FORTUNE -- With private tech companies pulling down billion-dollar-plus valuations with seeming ease, and shares of some newly public tech outfits soaring, talk of a tech bubble is on the rise again. Financial market prognosticators have declared that technology valuations defy logic and that Silicon Valley needs to be institutionalized before it becomes a danger to itself MORE

    Jan 23, 2014 11:25 AM ET
  • An earth-shaking mystery in Texas

    Something is causing a spate of small earthquakes in the Lone Star State -- and many locals think they know the culprit: the already controversial process of fracking.

    By Peter Elkind, editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- In a small patch northwest of Fort Worth, Texas -- where the Barnett Shale set off the decade-long "fracking" boom that's moved the U.S. closer to energy independence -- there's a surprising uprising brewing over drilling for MORE

    Jan 23, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Sears Chicago flagship to close

    It's just the latest shoe to drop in the sad saga of the iconic American retailer.

    By Jennifer Reingold, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- So deceptively easy, the retail business. Some say "location, location, location." Others say it's all about the best price. Still others say the key is the product: sell what people really desire.

    Sears (SHLD), during its 121 years of existence, has at different times been a leader in each MORE

    Jan 22, 2014 2:43 PM ET
  • ESPN's secret web weapon: ESPN3

    The sports giant's online streaming network is growing steadily. It may prove to be a key part of ESPN's arsenal as its TV franchise faces new competition from Fox.

    FORTUNE -- With the vast array of digital subscriptions, apps, and streaming services now available to sports fans, it seems likely that soon enough you'll never have to miss a single game or event. Quietly driving this market, to a large extent, has MORE

    - Jan 22, 2014 11:51 AM ET
  • 4 hot-button global issues, according to a Davos attendee

    We talk to the Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer about what's really important at the buzzworthy annual economic forum.

    FORTUNE -- The bloviating, partying, and high-minded panel-discussing that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is just getting underway this week. Which prompts the question: What's really important this year?

    To answer this, I called my favorite Davos Man, Ian Bremmer, just before he hopped on an airplane to Europe. He gave MORE

    - Jan 21, 2014 5:24 PM ET
  • Boycotting SodaStream: Righteous protest or empty gesture?

    The Israeli firm has a plant in the occupied West Bank, which has some American liberals upset. But the situation, like many, is more complicated than it appears.

    FORTUNE -- Boycotting businesses for political reasons is often a complicated affair. There are always trade-offs. Take SodaStream (SODA), for example. The company's home-carbonation gizmos reduce pollution and enable people to avoid buying bottles and cans of unhealthy soda from giant corporations like MORE

    - Jan 21, 2014 2:30 PM ET
  • How TrueCar won auto dealers over

    The digital auto buying platform initially alienated dealers with its transparent pricing model. Now it's reengineering and making amends.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- A quiet revolution bubbles beneath the surface of U.S. automobile retailing, one of the few shopping categories so far relatively undisrupted by the Internet.

    One sign of change is the rise of TrueCar, which bills itself an automotive "buying" website, now used by 7,000 U.S. dealers (roughly a MORE

    Jan 21, 2014 9:32 AM ET
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  • Wall Street's next bet: Cures for rare diseases

    A mega-fund that finances research and drug development for orphan diseases could help save lives

    By Andrew W. Lo

    FORTUNE – What if I told you about an investment fund that diversifies your portfolio, shields you from fluctuations in the stock market, and earns double-digit returns? Sounds interesting, right?

    Did I mention that this investment also creates potentially life-saving treatments for deadly rare diseases?

    This fund doesn't exist -- at least not yet. I'm cautiously MORE

    Jan 21, 2014 8:20 AM ET
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