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I've written more than two dozen articles for Inc. magazine
and its quarterly supplement, Inc. Technology, over the years. I also
served as Associate Editor of the magazine's short-lived (but excellent!)
International Edition. It was particularly rewarding to write for Inc.
during a period when it was pioneering new ways of thinking about business
and the economy.
I owe a special debt of gratitude to former Inc. west coast editor Joel Kotkin for showing me the ropes and for his generous and able tutelage. I was also fortunate to have the assistance of several other talented editors at Inc., including Nancy Lyons, Jeff Seglin, Leslie Brokaw, Elyse Friedman, David Freedman, and Inc.'s longtime editor-in-chief, George Gendron. We had a lot of fun. While I don't have copies of all my Inc. articles, links to many of them appear below.
My favorite, though, was the story about the guy who ran his
shipping business as a front for the CIA.
HAL PLOTKIN'S Inc. ARCHIVES
The Few, The Proud, The Bankable
What They Do and Donít Teach You in Business School
Trillion-dollar Jackpot Bypasses Small Business, Says SBA
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Vineyard
A Blockbuster Video Idea
Iím Your Assistant and Iím Not Here to Help You
Ciscoís Secret Ė Entrepreneurs Sell Out and Stay Put
Jig May Be Up on Fantastic Multiples from Acquisitions
Wal-Mart Throws the Book at Small Business Vendors
Hollywood Lures High School Animators
Small Business Gets No Charge From Electricity Deregulation
Running on Empty (Wells Fargo Program for Small Business)
Business, Bureaucrats Reinvent Local Government
Slow Fingers Stall FDA Approvals
Prop. 13 Time Bomb Explodes, Start-ups Hit
Student Uprising Ė Collegiate Entrepreneurship Programs
Speed Bumps Ė The Promise and Problems with ISDN
Dining ala Data
Spin Doctors (Profile of RycoDisc Founders)
Riches From Rags (Brenda French of French Rags)
The CEO Who Came in From the Cold
Growing Business by Going Global -- In The China
International Partners (Profile of Cinzia, Inc.)
The End of the Line (Fairchild Semiconductor)
Chinese Checkers (Profile of Lewis Perdue)
How Now, Ed Zschau?
Do Not Pass Go (Go Video)
Pioneers Thrive as Old Ways Die in Funeral Industry