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Articles from No. 151, January

Behind the Scenes
Jennifer Pellet and CJ Prince, editorial partnersin-crime at Chief Executive for three years running, co-edited this issue. Having narrowly survived the ordeal, they will be spending the next month at Sunny Pastures, dreaming of a technologically sophisticated...
"Everything That Can Be Invented Has Been Invented."
Upfront The Last One Hundred Years That's a statement made not at the close of the twentieth century but of the nineteenth; and, even more incongruously, attributed to someone who should have known better: the commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents....
Fighting for Air
Lately, Lifetime, the $3 billion women's cable network, has been overshadowed by the buzz surrounding a new cable station-one that has yet to broadcast a single program. It doesn't hurt that the new network is the brainchild of one of the most powerful...
Food Fight Anyone?
Viewing on-line markets as less than green, most traditional grocery retailers have shied away. But can they afford to stay away? If ever there were a brick-and-mortar business, it's grocery retailing. From morning milk runs to the comer store to aisle-roaming...
Geek Gear
Okay, so you don't need a robot dog. Let's face it, there probably isn't a whole heck of a lot-beyond basic necessities like food and shelter-you do need. But there's lots of great stuff that can make life easier, or just more fun. From functional to...
Getting to Know Them
Part Two The Millennium Consumer Is there any doubt the 21st century will be ruled by the consumer? Not lately. To win favor, companies will have to understand these impatient, tech-savvy, price-conscious customers even better than they know themselves....
How Much Is Hype?
Not everyone is panicking at the prospect of a mass exodus to the dotcom world. Some see the Internet gold rush as just another natural business cycle-which, like any other, will soon run its course. "It'll be interesting to see what will happen when...
In Search of E-Success
Twenty-two battle-scarred CEOs debate the formula for a workable e-business model. Just a few years ago talk of the importance of "establishing a presence on the Web" meant creating a Web site, not necessarily doing business on it. And today? For a start,...
Marketing in a World without Borders
While e-commerce enables all marketers to easily target consumers worldwide, local businesses in every region may yet retain a home court advantage. BY JAY STULLER lowing westward across the Pacific, a zephyr of millennial commerce is gently kissing...
Mortgage Mania
Do mortgage products really need bricks and mortar? E-Loan's Chris Larsen intends to prove they don't. Not unlike many savvy players in the financial services arena, Countrywide Home Loans had been quick to grasp the significance of the Internet. In...
Past, Be Gone
By the next millennium, technology will be providing its greatest value-add: the ability to eliminate the past. BY JOE QU E E NA N From the Renaissance onward, mankind's ability to jettison outmoded concepts has resulted in uninterrupted technological...
The Fulfillment Dilemma
The current state of online retailing recalls the tale of the hapless storekeeper who was meeting with his accountant. "I don't understand how you make a living," said the CPA. "You're losing money on every sale." "Yes," answered the man, "but I make...
The IPO CEO's Reality
Part One The Talent War Don't ask Keith Loris if it's Veteran's Day; the president and CEO of SoftLock.com. hasn't a clue if the rest of the business world is taking a holiday. He'll be lucky to be home on Christmas. Meanwhile, Bluefly.com's founder...
The Tech Files
Typically, what follows is just the sort of tale we would take care not to share with anyone-much less our entire readership-given the potentially less-than-stellar reflection on us. But, inasmuch as we beseech you, our readers, on a fairly consistent...
Time to Pay the Piper?
Part One The Talent War Gobbled up in skirmishes on the e-business front lines, effective leaders and skilled techies are harder and harder to come byand even more difficult to keep. Lured by the prospect of Internet gold, your best and brightest are...
Tug of War
With on-line shopping and business-tobusiness e-commerce taking off in spade"ramatically stepping up demand for more robust communications over wide area networks-the telecom industry will find itself busier than ever in 2000 and beyond. What was once...
Vying for Viagra
Part Three TheDot.Com Invasion On-line drugstores planned a pharmaceutical coup, only to be thwarted by insurance companies who just said no. Talk about a misdiagnosis! Just two years ago, Internet drugstore upstarts pronounced brick-and-mortar chains...
Where's Dilbert?
The great talent search has companies heading overseas to hunt for that rarest of breeds-the skilled technology worker. The pursuit of high-tech talent has degenerated into a nightmare of poaching and cannibalizing. In Silicon Valley-where turnover averages...
Whose Data Is It Anyway?
New Web tools let you peer into consumers' buying habits, but they may cry invasion of privacy. BY KEITH FERRELL Imagine this scenario: A woman walks into a retail shop to browse. A "sales agent" immediately begins to follow her all around the store....