Disclose No Evil

In a much-watched Wall Street ritual, Warren Buffett will release his yearly letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway this weekend, marking the informal kickoff of annual-report season. The task shouldn't be hard: Berkshire stock returned 21.4 percent in 2010. Other letter-writers aren't so fortunate, such as BP CEO Bob Dudley, who will have to explain away the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. NEWSWEEK turned to annual-report consultants for suggestions on spinning some of the thorniest...

Reverse Innovation Powers Globalization

What do a $2,500 Tata Nano, a $250 Acer Netbook, and a $1,000 General Electric handheld electrocardiogram device have in common? According to Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, all three are examples of "reverse innovation"—a concept that's becoming the next big driver of globalization. "Historically, American companies innovated in the U.S. and took those products abroad," says Govindarajan, who coauthored a Harvard Business Review article on the idea...

Why Newsweek Produced the Green Rankings

The Green Rankings were created in 2009 with ASAP Media, a New York City media development firm founded by editors Peter W. Bernstein (pbernstein@asap-partners.com) and Annalyn Swan (aswan@asap-partners.com). It specializes in creating magazine, book, and online content.

Remembering Stanley H. Kaplan

Stanley H. Kaplan, 1919–2009 By all accounts, Stanley H. Kaplan was an unusual child. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1920s, he preferred homework to stickball. By the age of 9, he'd begun paying dimes to lagging classmates for the pleasure of tutoring them in fractions. "There was no greater thrill than watching a student's face at that moment of revelation when he finally grasped an idea," Kaplan recalled. "Witnessing that was like hitting a home run and rounding the bases to the sound...

First Person: Daniel McGinn on the Mortgage Crisis

When you walk through a FOR SALE house with a real-estate agent, you expect to hear gushing about the "solid bones" or the "great potential." But as I toured listings this year while covering the deepening housing crisis, I heard a different line of patter. "Hold your breath," advised one agent, taking me into a basement with a mold-infested indoor pool that left my sinuses burning. Graffiti on bedroom walls, missing appliances, boarded windows, even crime-scene tape—they're becoming the norm...

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