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    1. The World

      September 1, 2014

      The double dilemma dealt to Hong Kong democrats

        Henry Ford is supposed to have said that his customers could choose any colour of car they wanted “so long as it’s black”....

    2. FT Data

      June 13, 2014

      Just what has Elon Musk given away?

      by Henry Foy, ‎Automotive Correspondent Henry Ford, the grandfather of the car industry and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, its current...

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    1. August 23, 2013

      Why Steve Jobs worked as a manager but not in a movie

      It used to be thought that no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people, opening a bar or...

    2. June 13, 2013

      Industrial process

      Within a year of Henry Ford’s introduction of the first modern assembly line at his factory near Detroit in 1913, the system...

    3. February 20, 2013

      An epic told by the man at its centre

      In 1984, while flying at 43,000ft, both engines on American International Group’s corporate jet failed. The pilot “calmly...

    4. January 10, 2013

      Crisis has accelerated VW’s domination

      Volkswagen is sending an unmistakable statement of intent to other volume carmakers by embarking on a three-year, €50bn plan...

    5. September 30, 2012

      Carmakers tackle weighty issue of steel

      Henry Ford famously reflected that customers could have any colour of Model T so long as it was black. For a long time the...

    6. September 12, 2012

      The Valley hothouse for tech entrepreneurs

      The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups, by Randall Stross, Portfolio...

    7. August 28, 2012

      Making it in the new industrial revolution

      It can be hard for a start-up entrepreneur to get into manufacturing. The capital investment needs are steep, the technical...

    8. May 29, 2012

      Ragtime, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

      Perhaps more than any other work, that of Stephen Sondheim not excepted, Ragtime is an index of the ambition of the...

    9. March 9, 2012

      Beware of old business axioms

      In business, there are many supposedly unchallengeable truths – which are often used to end debate, close meetings and...

    10. February 27, 2012

      Ford sets out ‘blueprint for mobility’

      Bill Ford, chairman of the US carmaker his great-grandfather founded, styles himself as a visionary who likes to weigh in on...

    11. February 17, 2012

      Facebook IPO offers parallels with Ford’s in 1956

      From Mr Richard Magat. Sir, Like Facebook’s public stock offering, more than half a century earlier, in 1956, the Ford Motor...

    12. January 12, 2012

      Take a tip from Ford on workers’ pay

      From Mr Bachu Biswas. Sir, David Rubenstein (“Capitalism in crisis: A letter from Adam Smith to concerned capitalists”,...

    13. December 8, 2011

      Ford to resume dividend payments

      Ford Motor has passed another milestone in its dramatic turnround by resuming dividend payments after more than five years....

    14. October 28, 2011

      A secret garden

      After The King’s Speech , I have been to check out the ex-King’s retreat. With his Duchess, Wallis Simpson, the abdicated...

    15. October 28, 2011

      Generation Jobs

      It is tempting to look back on the life of Steve Jobs as emblematic of something larger. Certainly, there was a surprising...

    16. October 18, 2011

      Customer research: Testing the market is a vital ‘sanity check’

      The drawback of asking your customers what they want is that often you will not get a useful answer. As Henry Ford remarked,...

    17. October 11, 2011

      Genius can change the world

      Talent “hits the target others cannot hit; genius hits the target others cannot see”, said Arthur Schopenhauer, the...

    18. August 30, 2011

      Lee Friedlander, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

      In 1964, two young art directors at Harpers’ Bazaar commissioned Lee Friedlander to photograph the Pontiacs, Chryslers,...

    19. July 31, 2011

      US orchestras must evolve to survive

      Mario di Fiore played the cello in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for half a century. His father was an Italian immigrant,...

    20. May 2, 2011

      Benefits of a showroom bypass

      Built-to-order: the BMW X3 in production in Spartanburg, South Carolina Last November, Mike Romano went to BMW’s website...

    21. April 29, 2011

      Hot property: equestrian

      A property with equestrian facilities offers more than views of horses grazing in distant paddocks. There’s the possibility...

    22. March 21, 2011

      Biofuels: Plant power seen as only viable long-term alternative to petrol

      Henry Ford thought of it as the fuel of the future. When he launched his Model T car in 1908 he envisioned that ethanol,...

    23. March 17, 2011

      Alan Mulally: in the driving seat at Ford

      Man in focus: Alan Mulally launches the Ford Edge in Toronto in 2006 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award winner:...

    24. March 14, 2011

      Corporate legacies can harm your future

      “History is bunk,” said Henry Ford. When it comes to companies, history suggests he was correct. A long corporate life...

    25. February 21, 2011

      How the financial sector sees technology as its saviour

      Watson, meet Wall Street. Wall Street, meet Watson. Watson is the IBM supercomputer that last week took on, and crushed, two...

    26. January 20, 2011

      Perhaps the sceptics are right

      From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Yes, perhaps the sceptics are right when they think Apple will collapse when chief executive Steve...

    27. beyondbrics

      December 27, 2010

      Can Tata's own staff save the Nano?

      Henry Ford insisted that cars had to be cheap enough for workers to buy. Now India’s Ratan Tata is hoping the same principle...

    28. December 17, 2010

      American Colossus

      American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900, by HW Brands, Doubleday RRP$35, 624 pages Lee Chew, the son of a...

    29. September 29, 2010

      Demographics and inflation

      History may not be bunk, as Henry Ford claimed it was, but most predictions certainly are. The future, after all, is a...

    30. FT Tech Hub

      September 27, 2010

      Lex: Game makers

      Four years after Nintendo released the Wii and its motion controller, “Wiimote,” Microsoft prepares for the release of its...

    31. September 26, 2010

      Games makers

      If Microsoft existed 100 years ago, it would probably be announcing an innovative new buggy whip while Henry Ford chuntered...

    32. July 12, 2010

      Responsible companies’ first duty is survival

      As I joined more than a thousand people at the Royal Albert Hall last week to mark 25 years of the Prince of Wales’s...

    33. June 19, 2010

      Glorious inspiration

      The Venice Lido has seen its fortunes change with an investment of around €700m by real estate fund manager EstCapital SGR...

    34. June 16, 2010

      Google eyes Demand Media’s way with words

      Last week, Richard Rosenblatt, chief executive of Demand Media, basked in the spotlight as digital media cognoscenti and...

    35. May 7, 2010

      Ford’s Model T set the global trend

      From Mr Evan Wilner. Sir, The Model T was Ford’s “first global car”, not the forthcoming Fiesta (“Smaller vehicles take...

    36. April 12, 2010

      The wheel 2.0, without the romance

      If you thought internet and wireless communications had run out of areas to transform, you are wrong: your car will be next....

    37. March 29, 2010

      Premium car deal fills a hole at Geely

      Successful cross-border vehicle company mergers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. When one famous car brand buys...

    38. March 28, 2010

      Premium car deal fills a hole at Geely

      Successful cross-border vehicle company mergers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. When one famous car brand buys...

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