The Maverick Factory

SOME ENTREPRENEURS ARE BORN. Others are made. Endeavor will take either type – provided they are up to snuff. And with a board that includes ubermavericks like Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Discovery founder Adrian Gore, snuff is nothing short of revolutionary. “We are not going for the mom and pop shop,” says …

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Radio Ramallah

WORLD LEADERS HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING FROM HIGH-LEVEL negotiations to prayer to get some peace in the Middle East. Issie Kirsh has a different approach. He’s going to serenade them. Then, when the Palestinians and Israelis are enraptured with music, he’s going to get the people to talk. Late last year, the man who started 702 …

The Kings of Economic Analysis

IT IS 7:55 AM ON A SUNNY TUESDAY IN JUNE and all’s quiet at Econometrix Treasury Management (ETM), the real-time independent financial market analysts whose commentary South African traders consume daily in massive quantity. It’s library-quiet here, all except for the clatter of keyboards that are being furiously manned by four analysts with furrowed brows, …

A Monk and his Business Plan

SOMETHING'S NOT QUITE RIGHT AT REGENESYS. Maybe it’s the lone beige candle that flickers on the otherwise standard office reception desk. Or the meditation room with signature Mr. Price burnt orange sheer curtains. Or perhaps it’s those posters of mountains and streams and crashing waves which cling the stark white walls, over lit in office …

Going for the Gold

I'VE GOT A GREAT SCRIPT FOR A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. Here’s the set-up: a US basketball star, known for his massive philanthropic contributions, sets up a gold deal in a New York hotel room, complete with a PowerPoint presentation, with a politically well-connected Texas oilman and a shady Houston-based diamond dealer. After a serious of run-arounds, …

The True Believer

DAVID PASQUARELLI SITS QUIETLY, his hands folded in his lap. In his sunny lower Haight apartment, the young activist offers ice tea to his guests. He is soft-spoken and polite. He is on his best behavior. He does not resemble the image of a man with 52 civil restraining orders, who stormed into meetings full …