Some of us are old enough to remember the halcyon days of social media, when
we genuinely believed it would be a force for good in the world.
The early evidence was promising. There was the
Arab Spring, in which citizens across the Middle East used Twitter and YouTube to organize mass demonstrations against oppressive regimes in their respective countries. Continue reading “How Facebook, the company that said it wanted to bring the world together, became the great divider”
In this day and age of Trump, tech and anti-trust, it’s easy to forget the quiet Internet miracle that is
I will argue that Wikipedia – the no. 5 most visited website in the world – is the best thing on the Internet. It’s free, there are no ads, the knowledge is so vast, and it’s user-generated.
Continue reading “Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks clickbait, fake news, the information wars and how to fix a broken internet”
In 2001, decided to leave his high-paying, prestigious job on Wall Street. For almost 18 years, he had worked for the large American investment bank J.P. Morgan, including a long stint as Managing Director responsible for various aspects of the company’s global capital markets and derivatives businesses, and then ran the investment arm of LabMorgan. John B. Fullerton
Today, John Fullerton still works with finance, but in a completely different way. He’s the founder and president of which is “a collaborative working to explore and effect economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.” Capital Institute Continue reading “Regenerative capitalism is coming: A conversation with former J.P. Morgan Managing Director John Fullerton”
What will the future of business be like? One way of finding out is arguably to focus on future challenges in society at large.
In 2017, Geoffrey Jones, professor in Business History at Harvard Business School, published . In the opening lines, he wrote: “The degradation of the natural environment presents the greatest challenge faced by humanity.” Profits and Sustainability Continue reading “Redefining the role of business: A conversation with Harvard Business School’s Geoffrey Jones”
What are the key lessons from business history that will still apply in the future?
My most loyal readers will know that this is the question I’m currently trying to answer, as part of my project to describe the future of business.
Continue reading “Here’s why we need to balance management and leadership. And appreciate business history more.”
What are the key lessons from business history that will remain important in the future? That’s the question I’ve been trying to answer in my recent posts.
My answers have in no small part been informed by a conversation I had with
business historian Chris McKenna of Saïd Business School at Oxford University. Continue reading “Horizontal first, vertical second”
So companies need to
play the long game. They need to leave short-term focus behind. They need to be system builders. And they even need to be boring.
But do companies need to be companies?
Continue reading “Business isn’t everything”
A dominating assumption these years is that time is moving faster. Which in turn makes it impossible to say anything meaningful about the future.
Timeframes are supposedly getting shorter. And so is business strategy. It’s not 10 or 20 years strategies. It’s not even three years. It’s the next quarter. Continue reading “Play the long game”
So, one of the great lessons of business history is that you need to be a system builder. Like Henry Ford. Or Elon Musk.
But how do you go about building a system? Is there a particular approach which has proven to be more successful than others? Continue reading “Build to local needs”
Real moments of change in business and society are best identified by looking at developments in price. When the price goes down, mass adoption awaits.
But what is the right business strategy if you want to win the market?
Continue reading “Be a system builder”