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  1. August 18, 2013

    Billionaires leap into the unknown

    Thomas Edison believed that to invent, all you needed was “a good imagination and a pile of junk”. That was sufficient for...

  2. December 16, 2012

    Lighting revolution shakes up industry

    More than 130 years after Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan invented the incandescent lightbulb, regulation is gradually phasing...

  1. February 16, 2012

    Before you give up the day job...

    Few people think of Thomas Edison, inventor of the first practical light bulb, as a social engineer. Yet the ability to work...

  2. February 3, 2012

    Bonuses of contention

    Charles M. Schwab was a pioneer of pay for performance. The US steel magnate was also, in the words of Thomas Edison, a...

  3. January 20, 2012

    Solid solutions

    In the early 1900s, inventor Thomas Edison had a flash of inspiration: concrete homes, cast in one piece. Concrete bathtubs...

  4. 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...

  5. September 23, 2011

    When books fly: flexibility is the key to the future of media

    At the beginning of The Ascent of Media, Roger Parry’s new book tracing how we moved from clay tablets to Apple’s iPad,...

  6. September 16, 2011

    The Quest

    Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, first published in 1991, is a masterpiece; one of the few books that can truly be said to be...

  7. August 31, 2011

    Rarity value to drive up light bulb prices

    Retailers expect a sharp rise in the cost of the traditional 60W light bulb as European-wide legislation preventing their...

  8. July 26, 2011

    Zuckerberg wannabes squander careers

    I used to think Mark Zuckerberg’s achievement with Facebook was a fabulous inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. Now I’m...

  9. 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...

  10. April 1, 2011

    GE tax affairs put Immelt in political spotlight

    On the day that he announced that Jeff Immelt would chair a new White House advisory committee on jobs and competitiveness,...

  11. March 30, 2011

    Manufacturing: Electric avenues

    At the end of last year, John Rice left behind the familiar comforts of his home in Atlanta, Georgia, for a new base in Hong...

  12. 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...

  13. December 3, 2010

    Foldable shoes

    With Christmas parties and party dresses, of course, come party shoes. And with party shoes comes pain. Who hasn’t spent an...

  14. October 18, 2010

    Graduates face a hard road to the top

    These are rotten times to be graduating from school, undergraduate or graduate school and trying to find work. All that...

  15. May 27, 2010

    Smart power grids

    Boosters of smart grid technology point out that, while Alexander Graham Bell would be baffled by today’s smartphones,...

  16. May 26, 2010

    LED cluster: Cumbrian companies hope to light the way

    “There is a lot of focus about the need for wind turbines round here,” says Peter Barton founder of Ulverston-based Forge...

  17. September 2, 2009

    Inventors are the greatest heroes of all

    Society has a curious attitude towards inventors. Their brilliance over the centuries touches all of our lives in countless...

  18. September 1, 2009

    Inventors are our greatest heroes

    Society has a curious attitude towards inventors. Their brilliance over the centuries touches all of our lives in countless...

  19. August 15, 2009

    Complexity is the mother of invention

    A brief history of innovation: In the beginning, there were lone inventors who changed the world. John Harrison was one of...

  20. May 13, 2009

    IT brings control over electricity supplies

    An unlikely marriage is being consummated. On one side is a monolithic industry, cautious, highly regulated and focused on...

  21. March 2, 2009

    GE searches for a spark to restore market confidence

    General Electric, whose founder Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, may be running low on new ideas about how to shore...

  22. March 1, 2009

    GE seeks spark to reignite investor interest

    General Electric, whose founder Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, may be running low on new ideas about how to shore up...

  23. December 9, 2008

    Dark days for old-style bulbs

    Almost 130 years after being patented by Thomas Edison, the conventional light bulb is heading for the recycling bin. A...

  24. December 9, 2008

    Dark days for old-style bulbs

    Almost 130 years after being invented by Thomas Edison, the conventional light bulb was consigned to the recycling bin...

  25. December 9, 2008

    Dark days for old-style bulbs

    Almost 130 years after being patented by Thomas Edison, the conventional light bulb is heading for the recycling bin. A...

  26. December 9, 2008

    Incandescent lamps going out all over Europe

    Almost 130 years after being patented by Thomas Edison, the conventional light bulb is heading for the recycling bin. A...

  27. October 25, 2008

    Distant voices, still alive

    Spend a couple of minutes with an internet search engine and you can hear rolling out of your machine the voice of Alfred...

  28. FT Tech Hub

    September 9, 2008

    Luxim dazzles with solid-state light

    Tesla was right in the end about so many things, it seems. An assistant to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla advocated and...

  29. March 19, 2008

    What's wrong with the right entrepreneurs

    I enjoy what I do partly because I like working with entrepreneurs. They tend to be inspirational, energetic individuals,...

  30. March 18, 2008

    What’s wrong with the right entrepreneurs

    I enjoy what I do partly because I like working with entrepreneurs. They tend to be inspirational, energetic individuals,...

  31. October 18, 2007

    Excerpt: Zoom, by Iain Carson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran

    Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future was one of six book shortlisted for the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs business...

  32. March 17, 2007

    Europe has seen the light on bulbs

    Q: How many European leaders does it take to change a light bulb? A: About 0.000000013, at a rate of 27 leaders for the...

  33. February 4, 2007

    Decline sets in at the conglomerate

    The question – shouted across the seventh fairway at Augusta by a golf buddy – almost interrupted Jack Welch’s swing as he...

  34. January 22, 2007

    Energy chief in the vanguard of action to tackle global warming

    Whenever Jim Rogers is lacking inspiration, the chief executive of Duke Energy can turn to the large painting behind his...

  35. November 8, 2006

    Using collaboration to fuel the ideas factory

    When we think of great innovations and innovators, we often imagine lone geniuses, such as Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein,...

  36. July 12, 2006

    The benefits of a broad palette

    Thomas Edison, one of General Electric's forefathers, would have been proud: a GE research project for jet fighters ended...

  37. June 8, 2006

    Monopoly!

    Spoleto Festival, Charleston The subtitle to Mike Daisey's one-person show is "Tesla, Edison, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the...

  38. June 7, 2006

    Monopoly!, Spoleto Festival, Charleston

    The subtitle to Mike Daisey’s one-person show is “Tesla, Edison, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the War for Tomorrow”, which...

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