Tech has to create more than disruption

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Start-ups need to augment jobs rather than eliminate them

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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Millennials regard McDonald’s as unhealthy, outdated and downmarket

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A sharing economy must share the risks

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

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Expect dark sequels to the Sony hack

Many others could potentially become casual targets in the same way

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Men alone should no longer run finance

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

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Cheap energy is the new cheap labour

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

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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

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A plan for fixing the next crisis

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

A Taylor Swift reply to Spotify

The streaming service badly wants the singer back, but this could perhaps be her reply

Showman or businessman for Virgin?

As both an entrepreneur and adventurer, Richard Branson must choose which persona dominates

‘The Copyright Wars’, by Peter Baldwin

Today’s disputes between publishers and technology companies over online theft are just the latest chapter in a centuries-long saga

Television prepares to loosen up

Most people prefer choices made for them, as long as it’s a bargain

Technology will not kill the banks

Silicon Valley does not want a new financial system, but rather to ride on the existing one

Pimco shows stars are not really solo artists

Bill Gross’s old firm is shifting from the cult of one personality toward several smaller ones

Tech’s tax defence is washing away

The OECD is making faster progress towards fixing the gaps in the system

Hubris has set Tesco on a perilous course

Highly successful companies often contain the seeds of their own destruction

Scotland needs bravery to build strong banks

The mechanisms the country will need as an independent entity take courage and a lot of time

Jealousy is no reason to tie down Google

Europe’s Lilliputians should not bind Gulliver simply because the tech giant is bigger than them


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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