James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano was, among many other things, a talented manager. In honor of the recently deceased Gandolfini, we examine what business leaders can learn from the fictional mob boss.Matt Vella - Jun 27, 2013 3:20 PM ET
Author Steve Blank, who is widely credited for helping launch the lean startup movement, is not shy about his opinions.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- In a crowded seminar room in Silicon Valley recently, author Steve Blank asked the audience who among them wished to start their own company. A few dozen hands shot up. "The good news," said Blank, whose second book, The Startup Owner's Manual, hit shelves in March, MOREDec 14, 2012 11:14 AM ET
The land of the UAW is barreling toward a nasty fight on union rights.
By Doron Levin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Rick Snyder came into office as a newly elected governor in 2010 vowing to avoid open warfare with his state's labor unions -- as Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin had. But organized labor in Michigan had other ideas.
Snyder last week disclosed a change in his position: right-to-work legislation -- a potential gut MOREDec 11, 2012 11:41 AM ET
Snack time is over for the maker of the iconic Twinkie and other lunchbox staples.
By David A. Kaplan, contributor
FORTUNE -- The fat lady -- the one who apparently ate too many 150-calorie, nutrition-free Twinkies -- has sung.
But hey, we pretty much warned you in July to start hoarding Twinkies. That's what it seemed like, as Hostess Brands -- the owner of such lunchbox snacks as Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, MORENov 16, 2012 10:35 AM ET
As technology alters the way audiences consume media, the chiefs of television and publishing businesses experiment in the new climate.
By Colleen Leahey
FORTUNE – Forget the black-and-white newspaper, the consumption of media today is rather gray in hue. The advent of the Internet let loose a revolution in the way readers (and viewers) got their daily dose of content. That revolution shows no signs of letting up, according to the leaders MOREOct 3, 2012 5:20 PM ET
At Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, GE's Beth Comstock and NASDAQ Corporate Director Nilofer Merchant advised corporations on how to use social media to innovate -- and boost the bottom line.
By Colleen Leahey
FORTUNE – At a breakfast roundtable Tuesday morning at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era Nilofer Merchant kicked off discussion with quite the statement: "Corporate strategy has MOREOct 2, 2012 1:38 PM ET
Yes, the company is having trouble making money in two of its most important markets. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals the Detroit automaker is sitting on some advantages.
By Doron Levin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Ford Motor Co. second-quarter profit, down by more than half from a year ago, contained a ray or two of hope for investors and a splash of cold water for anyone who hasn't yet grasped MOREJul 26, 2012 3:36 PM ET
Humans have kept bees for millennia. Now some management gurus are drawing lessons from the creatures -- and it's not that far-fetched.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Humans have kept bees for thousands of years -- which is long enough to form some admiring opinions of them. Dogs are loyal; cats are curious; but the industrious bee might just be the spirit animal for the businessperson of today. Bees are MOREJun 26, 2012 12:00 PM ET
Pairing the right wines with high-profile state dinners is just the start. For Ambassador Capricia Marshall, each sip of the purple can have political, diplomatic or commercial repercussions.
By Sierra Jiminez, reporter
FORTUNE -- If you think hosting a dinner party is stressful, try having 250 people over on short notice. Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall has mastered that task. As Chief of Protocol for the United States, Marshall and her small, MOREMar 23, 2012 8:59 AM ET
Sales of soft drinks are flat and industry giants like Coke and Pepsi are busy looking for the next big thing. For small beverage companies, selling out may be the only path to success.
By Sierra Jiminez, contributor
FORTUNE -- If you've ever played mix master at the convenience store soda fountain, you know just how rewarding it can be. Indianapolis-based startup uFlavor wants to take that concept and bottle it. The MOREFeb 17, 2012 12:29 PM ET
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