Thanks to a risky bet, Nike got on the right track

December 4, 2015

Everyone thought he was crazy. In 1984, Phil Knight took a huge risk by spending heavily on an endorsement deal with a then-unknown college basketball star. But Knight, who co-founded Nike in 1971, sensed the charisma of a star-in-the-making and jumped at the chance to sign him.

Advice from a millennial CEO

December 2, 2015
“Our generation wants to feel like they’re a part of something and participating in a bigger success, not just clocking in and clocking out,” says this 29-year-old leader. What’s his key to attracting great people?

Where Andrew Carnegie’s true wealth came from

November 9, 2015
What made Carnegie so successful? Here are some clues.

Love at first sip hooks Starbucks CEO

October 13, 2015

When the 29-year-old Howard Schultz first tasted a cup of Starbucks coffee, he couldn’t believe it. “I went outside whispering to my­­self, ‘Oh my gosh, what a wonderful business, what a wonderful city! I want to be a part of this,’” recalls Schultz, now the longtime CEO of Starbucks. He begged the founders for a job; at the time, Starbucks only consisted of a few Seattle stores …

Emotional ups and downs of being a CEO

September 14, 2015
South Korean native Tae Hea Nahm went through the ups and downs of an entrepreneur in founding Storm Ventures, a venture capital firm.

DNA pioneer made his own luck

August 23, 2015
A pioneer in molecular biology, Alexander Rich helped confirm the existence of DNA’s double helix, which opened doors to hybridization and biotechnology.

Dick’s leadership, great and small

August 21, 2015
It’s both the big picture and the little picture that have made Dick’s Sporting Goods a success since going public in 2002.

‘You need decisiveness under fire’

August 20, 2015
At age 25, Peter Boni returned home after serving in Vietnam with the goal of becoming vice president of a Fortune 500 company within 10 years. How did this CEO do it in just eight?

4 work habits of a high-flying CEO

August 14, 2015
Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, applies certain rules to each work­­day. He attributes his success largely to his ability to follow these rules to operate more productively, gain insight and make smarter decisions.

Why the co-founder of PayPal sits where he sits

July 31, 2015
Max Levchin runs HVF, a company he founded in 2012 to invest in promising technology startups. Levchin, 39, previously co-founded the company that became PayPal. He has a net worth of $300 million. Thanks to an em­­ployee survey, Levchin learned that his workforce viewed him as in­­accessible. They wanted more opportunities to chat with him during the day …