Silicon Valley is seizing the customers

Instead of building for others, companies are doing more for themselves

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Stop trying to ground Gulf airlines

They have come out of nowhere to steal a march on older carriers

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Venture capital needs to be a happy family

These firms offer endorsement to in-demand start-ups that could easily raise money elsewhere

Luxury is a sideline for the Apple Watch

No other company that I know of offers an upmarket model that is 49 times the basic price

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How to follow in Buffett’s big footsteps

It boils down to three precepts: be patient, be private and be peculiar

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The bank that ran aground while overseas

To anyone who witnessed its rise to become a global bank, the entire thing is baffling

‘The Monopolists’, by Mary Pilon

The author delves into great detail about the intellectual and business roots of Monopoly. Review by John Gapper

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Software is steering auto industry

This revolution makes it possible for a technology group to be a car company

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Private banks must be more than laundries

Sector should protect and invest legal wealth not aid tax evasion and money laundering

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Big oil is not the biggest victim of cheap crude

Countries not companies are paying the price for the industry’s crisis

Tech has to create more than disruption

Start-ups need to augment jobs rather than eliminate them

The prudent mogul breaks up his empire

Investors tolerate the foibles of a founder who displays talent, but are suspicious of his successors

Regulators right to cut banks down to size

Fed’s new capital standards hint at forcing complex institutions to break themselves up

McDonald’s is shaken by the Shack

Millennials regard McDonald’s as unhealthy, outdated and downmarket

A sharing economy must share the risks

We have 20th-century benefits and insurance that do not fit the 21st-century worker

Expect dark sequels to the Sony hack

Many others could potentially become casual targets in the same way

Men alone should no longer run finance

At this rate, women should achieve executive parity in about 120 years, well into the 22nd century

Cheap energy is the new cheap labour

For companies wondering where to locate, the world has turned upside down

Uber should not run down the messenger

It is perverse to be angry that others are upset with you if you pride yourself on annoying them

A plan for fixing the next crisis

In a serious crunch, it would be every bank regulator for itself


John Gapper John Gapper is associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, appearing on Thursdays on the Comment page, about business trends and strategy. He also contributes leaders and other articles.

He has worked for the FT since 1987, covering labour relations, banking and the media. In 1991-92, he was a Harkness fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and studied US education and training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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