Accountancy: the new buzz

‘The value of bees’ service to the British economy was estimated at £200m — the value of what they pollinate closer to £1bn’

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The legend of Silicon Valley’s unicorns

Tech companies are raising private money through financing rounds rather than IPOs

Time to tear up the paperwork

Why is so much of modern life dominated by endless bureaucracy and frustrating administrative tasks?

Short-termism may hamper long-term growth

Our hyper-connected technology may be inadvertently shortening our time horizons

You’re never alone with a drone

‘Enthusiasts want fewer controls; privacy groups want tighter rules’

Selling start-up London to New York

Silicon Valley is so crowded and overvalued that appetite is growing to look overseas

To counter horror, turn it off

‘The fastest way to rob these Isis videos of their power is to respond with a cultural counter-fight and stop watching’

The changing face of employment

‘Most Davos delegates expected bar codes and robots to replace humans at an accelerating rate’

The fur debate — recycled

These days my attitudes to fur have become less black and white. Or sable and cream, perhaps

Use markets to stop the next Ebola crisis

‘Pandemic bonds’ could inject private-sector rigour into global medical bureaucracies

Banks eye tech with sense of déjà vu

Could tech sector repeat bank mistakes?

A debt to history?

To some, Germany faces a moral duty to help Greece, given the aid that it has previously enjoyed

Finance can cope with cheap oil

If companies default the effects will ripple through the system — but they will not make waves

What Zuckerberg read next

Book clubs are proliferating. Five million American adults are estimated to be in one

US export economy fails to import jobs

American businesses are now so efficient they require fewer workers

How social media split the family

What children are doing online today is simply an extension of what they used to do in the real world

Breathe deep and pay in Bitcoin

In the tropical idyll of Bali, dozens of merchants now accept payment in this electronic exchange system

Russia sounds a warning on global debt

Should the dollar continue to rise, currency and funding mismatches could be exposed

All-female panels: the new normal?

‘I had never seen an all-female panel at a big conference before, least of all in the financial world. Nor, it seemed, had anyone else’

Economy healthy, inflation weak, Fed stymied

Officials tempted to ignore prices as there is a good chance unemployment will fall


Gillian Tett Gillian Tett serves as US managing editor. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Her other honors include a SABEW Award for best feature article (2012), President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011), being recognized as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, and as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Her upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015, will look at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.

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