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    1. March 31, 2015

      How does one make it as a business pioneer?

      How do we define a business pioneer? This was the first question the six judges — three Financial Times columnists and three...

    2. March 27, 2015

      Lightbulb moment as first mass-market graphene product goes live

      The first mass market product made with the “miracle material” graphene is about to go on sale: a lightbulb. The invention...

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      February 4, 2015

      Please don't call yourself a serial entrepreneur

      Thought leaders were bad enough. Changemakers were hard to cope with. Do we still have to put up with serial entrepreneurs?...

    2. January 13, 2015

      US energy: Off the grid

      At 255-257 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, there is only a discreet bronze plaque to honour one of the world’s most...

    3. January 13, 2015

      How I try to catch out liars and bores in job interviews

      I spend much of my working life trying to identify new talent to hire, or take on as partners. Inevitably this means lots of...

    4. January 2, 2015

      Takeshi Taketsuru, Whisky distiller, 1924-2014

      As a child, Takeshi Taketsuru dreamt of becoming an engineer like Thomas Edison. But at the age of 19 his fate became...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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,...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

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      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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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