Welcome to Forbes for October 14th, 2013, from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles.
The cover story: "Can Twitter Save TV? (And Can TV Save Twitter?)" The hyped IPO lacks a real business plan. The television networks bleed viewers. Inside their plan to make billions together.
Also… "Darwin's Digital Darlings: How These Web 1.0 Companies Survived and Thrived". Many early dotcoms raised obscene amounts of private or public money on the strength of a story, rather than a business plan, much less a real product or service. Most perished during the meltdown. But a savvy few found ways to reinvent themselves, to survive - and thrive.
Next… "Carnival's Stalled Cruise: Can Micky Arison's Handpicked Successor Right the Ship?" A daring string of massive acquisitions turned Carnival into the largest vacation company in the world. Now, after a series of crises and a 30 percent drop in earnings at the company, new CEO Arnold Donald insists he has a clear plan to get Carnival cruising again.
Then… "Startup School: An MBA Designed for Entrepreneurs, Not I-Bankers". Ten-year-old Acton's curriculum discards the traditional MBA silos of finance, accounting, and marketing to revolve around the entrepreneurial cycle of creating, growing, and selling a business.
We'll also tell you about… "Bill Pulte: From Home Builder to Detroit's Unlikely Blight Buster". If there's one thing Pulte Group has mastered over 60 years, it's building homes efficiently. Now, Pulte's Detroit Blight Authority is using that expertise to clear out the city's blighted neighborhoods.
Followed by… "Three Key Questions for Obamacare's Rollout". President Obama's signature health law achieved a major milestone on October 1, when its subsidized insurance exchanges went online. Obamacare is already reshaping the health insurance landscape. If you want to track how well the law is working, keep an eye on three key aspects of it.
And our final story… "Tara's Lesson: Smart Leaders Copy". To develop a successful leadership style, learn from the best.