Rays of Hope
Like every business in America, we’ve had to rethink everything about what we do and how we do it. As I write this, a few minutes past midnight, the Forbes team is producing the magazine you’re holding from a red-brick colonial in Charlottesville, Virginia, an apartment in Brooklyn, a basement in Kansas City, an Airbnb in Saratoga Springs, New York (that’s me), and a few dozen other places besides.
Many who are reading this are surely facing challenges that were unfathomable even three months ago. To all those who are, let me assure you that we understand, and we’re here to help.
I would also like to pass on a simple message: hope. These are hard times for most, growth times for some—and instructive times for all. Everyone was a business genius in 2019. These, by contrast, are the moments when greatness truly shines, even if that greatness translates into just hanging on.
There’s hope on page 54, as I delve into how the pandemic is accelerating the progression of capitalism for the better at an unprecedented pace. More hope on page 64, as Nathan Vardi for the first time reveals Pfizer’s moon-shot project to have a vaccine ready for distribution later this year. And yet more hope on page 92, as Amy Feldman shows what happens when great timing meets a great idea.
And here’s one more story of hope. We’ve lately restructured everything we do at Forbes—and the results have exceeded our highest expectations. Our team has never produced better journalism. And in turn, we’ve never had a larger audience: 115 million domestically and 210 million globally, which make us the biggest business site in America and the world, respectively.
Whatever success looks like to you at this difficult moment, know this: It can be done.