Arthur Lubow became acquainted with Iberian ham in Spain, where he visited oak forests in which pigs grazed solely on acorns. "Jamón ibérico is like no other ham in the world," says Lubow, who writes in this issue about John Scharffenberger's attempt to replicate the ham's flavors ("John Scharffenberger, The Tastemaker"). The business of food is a familiar topic for Lubow, who wrote Inc.'s July 2008 article on Bonny Doon Vineyard. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine.
In her new column, Balancing Acts, Meg Cadoux Hirshberg will explore the impact of entrepreneurial businesses on family life. It's something she knows better than most: Her husband, Gary, co-founded Stonyfield Farm. At a conference once, Gary spoke about how the business strained their marriage. "It was not the purpose of the talk, but the conversation shifted to that topic," says Hirshberg. "People turned to me and started asking questions." Balancing Acts starts here.
After a rainy journey to John Scharffenberger's California farm, Robyn Twomey expected to photograph him and a few pigs in the confines of a barn. Instead, she found that the pigs pretty much had the run of the place. "We had a white backdrop, which they tore up," she says. "But John was a great sport. And it's impressive that he really gets to know the pigs." Twomey, pictured here on Oregon's Mount Hood, has also shot for Time, Fortune, and Esquire.
As an Inc. contributor for more than five years, Darren Dahl has learned a lot about best practices in business. So he was surprised to learn that software firm Total Attorneys favored short-term goals, such as three-week sales targets, over long-term plans ("Mixing Business and Personal?"). "Everyone there just acts, rather than thinking and planning," says Dahl. He is working on a book with psychologist Ben Dattner on why people within organizations tend to avoid responsibility in moments of crisis.
Mark Lacter had a confession to make when he first spoke to Reid Hoffman, founder of social networking site LinkedIn. "I only had a dozen or so connections," Lacter says. "Frankly, I didn't quite understand what LinkedIn was about." Since then, he has gained a better understanding of Hoffman's vision for the site (How I Did It). And his connections are slowly ticking up -- he now has 55.