Table of contents: VOL. 7, NO. 7 - August 1, 2006
COVER STORY
In 10 nations on four continents, we've uncovered a dozen of the most promising new ventures for determined American entrepreneurs. The requirements: A bit of seed money, a little business savvy, and a great big appetite for adventure. (more)

Features
South Korea's most popular social network, a strange blend of Blogger, Flickr, and videogame like avatars, brings in about $300,000 a day. Now it's launching a U.S. version. Should MySpace be worried? (more)
From Aussie blog mining to Finnish friend finding, here's where to locate the planet's most innovative new sites. (more)
With innovations like a skyscraping solar energy system, Australian entrepreneurs have taken the lead in finding fossil-fuel alternatives - and grabbed a beachhead in a huge global market. (more)
Richard Branson, entrepreneurial icon, shares his freshest ideas - like a Virgin superfuel that will let us jet around the world guilt-free. (more)
hits & misses

what's cool
The business tools you can't work without : The Not Sold Here Edition (more)
Travel Watches (more)
Travelers to far-flung places around the globe face multiple threats. Here's how to cope when crisis strikes. (more)
It's 8 feet long, gets 60 mpg and is surprisingly roomy and sufficiently nimble. (more)

what's next

Meet very basic customer needs with a radical new design. (more)


Caffeinated lingerie is gaining speed in the high-octane market for skin care. (more)
Complex surgery is the latest service to move offshore - and clever businesses are helping cost-conscious patients go under the knife overseas. (more)

Texting is insanely popular overseas, but practically nonexistent in the United States - for now. That just means we'll have to import the best tech from abroad. (more)
Alibaba is set to be China's answer to eBay - but CEO Jack Ma's ambitions hardly end there. (more)
R.J. Reynolds wants to sell America on smokeless, spitless mouth pouches. (more)
what works
The formerly hidebound 160-year old utility is remaking itself into the very model of a modern major phone company. (more)
Miguel Caballero's line of suits, shirts, and jackets is the first to merge high fashion with even higher security. (more)
For more than a century, the banana producer was nobody's idea of a role model. Now it's forging new ground in corporate responsibility. (more)
Cutting air vents in his sneakers inspired Geox founder Mario Moretti Polegato to launch a multimillion-dollar shoe brand. (more)
The U.K.-based outfit has created a high-tech family entertainment center that's bringing new customers onto the links. (more)
By locating in Mexico and using Latin America as a lab, software company Sapotek launched on the ultracheap. (more)
A leading Spanish business school founded by the group illustrates that Europeans have a firmer grip than Americans on how to succeed by caring for their own. (more)
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