Built to Fail: The Inside Story of Blockbuster’s Inevitable Bust

By Alan Payne Reviewed by Chris Wendel Alan Payne has an axe to grind. During the heyday of the video rental era, Payne operated perhaps the most successful Blockbuster Video franchise chain in the U.S. Unlike Blockbuster’s corporate owned stores, Payne had the autonomy to make many...

The Magic Number: How much do you really need to retire?

A key piece of retirement planning is figuring out how much money you’ll need to live comfortably as you age. It’s different for everyone. But no matter your lifestyle or circumstance, we all worry about the same thing: not having enough money to last us through...

Cone Drive: Making It in Northern Michigan

Traverse City-based gear manufacturer Cone Drive is in an enviable position. Purchased in 2018 by global bearings and power transmission-products giant Timken, Cone Drive – founded in 1925 – now has the resources to invest in its future. Cone Drive’s reputation will continue to rest heavily...