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The Authors

VERNE HARNISH

Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO's premiere CEO program, the "Birthing of Giants" and WEO "Advanced Business" executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company, Verne has spent the past 30 years educating entrepreneurial teams. The "Growth Guy" syndicated columnist, he also writes a column for the Venture section of Fortune magazine.

GEOFF COLVIN

A Fortune senior editor-at-large, Colvin is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on leadership and management. His books include Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else and The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times.

HANK GILMAN

Fortune magazine’s deputy editor, Gilman covered Wal-Mart in the 1980s for the Wall Street Journal and the trade magazine Chain Store Age, and later as an editor and writer for the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Fortune. He is the winner of the Gerald Loeb career achievement award for editing.

DAVID A. KAPLAN

Kaplan is a contributing editor at Fortune and adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. Before that he was an editor at Newsweek for 20 years and is the author of The Silicon Boys, The Accidental President, and Mine’s Bigger.

ADAM LASHINSKY

Lashinsky, a senior editor-at-large at Fortune, covers Silicon Valley and Wall Street and is a contributor to the Fox News Channel. He is the author of the bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works.

BRIAN O’KEEFE

O’Keefe is a Fortune assistant managing editor who writes and edits feature stories on a range of topics—from science to sports to finance. He also coordinates the magazine’s coverage of the commodities markets.

JENNIFER REINGOLD

Reingold is a senior editor at Fortune and an expert on management issues. She is co-author of Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst and Final Accounting: Ambition, Greed, and the Fall of Arthur Andersen.

TIMOTHY K. SMITH

Smith is Fortune’s senior features editor. He says he has written about many great business decisions, but has never made one. He is the winner of the Gerald Loeb career achievement award for editing.

ALEX TAYLOR III

Taylor is a Fortune senior editor-at-large who has covered the global auto industry for three decades. His memoir, Sixty to Zero, was published in 2010 by Yale University Press.

NICHOLAS VARCHAVER

Varchaver has been an editor and writer at Fortune since 1999. He won a Gerald Loeb award in 2010 for an article he co-authored on Bernie Madoff.