Why Ted Turner and Time Warner were destined for divorce.
Ted Turner's spectacular downfall at the former AOL Time Warner might make him something of a goat in the eyes of other business magazine audiences. But not in the eyes of Inc. readers. In this month's cover story, "The Mouth Will Rise Again" (page 48), writer John Anderson captures the inherent conflict between the personality of the entrepreneur and the personality of the corporate politician. Turner, who is used to winning in every field he enters--from television news to yacht racing--is clearly still shaken by the "whup'n" he took in New York City. But, in the characteristic style of someone who knows how to lead rather than follow, he's channeled his disappointment into the positive energy of a major new business venture. Whether America will one day subsist on a diet of Ted's bison burgers is not the point; Turner is making a constructive statement that's larger than what's coming out of most big executive suites in America. What better revenge could he exact?
David Dorsey has been writing about business for 20 years. His articles have appeared in Fast Company, Esquire, and New England Monthly. His book about sales at Xerox, The Force, was a New York Times Editor's Choice in 1994. Researching the keys to PaeTec's success for Inc. ("Happiness Pays," page 88), Dorsey was most impressed by the company's knowledge-sharing: "It's unusual to see a teaching hospital approach at a tech company."
Dan Ferrara joins the Inc. staff this month as editor-at-large. Previously, Ferrara worked as deputy editor at Worth magazine and managing editor at Outside and Men's Journal. Ferrara owns a small business, the Big Cat Gallery, in Manhattan. "It's a one-man operation," he says. "Someone has to get cartridges for the printer and develop a marketing strategy. That somebody is always me." Recently married, Ferrara and his wife, Tia, live in New York City.
Donna Fenn has been writing for Inc. since 1983. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Working Woman, and CFO. Fenn was an AP correspondent in Saudi Arabia for four years. She admires the subjects of her February story ("The Well-Balanced Life," page 65) for proving how "business can exist to serve you and not the other way around." She lives in Pelham, N.Y.
John Anderson is a contributing editor at Inc. and American Lawyer. He was also an editor at SmartMoney, Town & Country, and a writer at Boston Magazine. His 2003 book, Art Held Hostage, explores the coveted Barnes fine art collection. Lunching with ex-media man Ted Turner at Ted's Montana Grill ("The Mouth Will Rise Again," page 48), Anderson learned that bison burger is a dish best served medium-rare.