Happiness/contentment/satisfaction comes partly from knowing that you're doing pretty much what you should be doing. In your case, that would be building and running a company (or planning your next venture); in my case, it's working at a monthly magazine. I've toiled in this particular vineyard for years, and though there are moments when I'd rather be gazing out the window of a train rolling across the country, I have been lucky to find employment doing something I love.
Today, however, it's a little strange to be putting the final touches on a magazine that was conceived in the past and will see the light of day a few weeks in the future. The offices of Inc. are directly north of Ground Zero and just blocks from Wall Street, and many of us here have a palpable feeling of what has happened -- is happening -- in these two arenas. Today, the banks and credit markets may or may not begin to recover, and tonight, the presidential candidates may or may not debate foreign policy. It's frustrating that a monthly magazine cannot respond quickly to events like these. We can only offer the magazine we have prepared and hope that it contains information or inspiration that has some consequence and relevance to you.
This month's stories include one on Kevin Rose of Digg, who, just a couple of days ago, received $28.7 million in funding -- in spite of the markets. There's Norm Brodsky, our Street Smarts columnist, who tells the story of his recent difficulty in getting a loan -- this, from the $110 million man. We have a report on the world's water crisis and 11 fascinating companies that have decided to do something about it. And Amar Bhidé, a professor at Columbia University, discusses his refreshing take on innovation and entrepreneurship and global competition. These are timely subjects, and we hope you find them worthwhile.
Inc.'s readers are a participatory group, with lots of great ideas and a diversity of opinions and styles. I hope you will e-mail me and tell me how you've been handling these very unusual times. Are you optimistic? Concerned? Have you changed your plans for next year? In short, what do you think?
I know you're interested in what your peers in other regions of the country (or even across town) are thinking. I'd like to print your responses in the magazine for the benefit of all of us.