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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

By Rachel Savage Friday, 17 October 2014

Cornish crowdfunding, HR gets into the womb, unbelievably pricey traffic jams.

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The sharing economy is facing growing pains as it comes of age

The sharing economy is facing growing pains as it comes of age

17 October 2014

Uber and Airbnb are having to deal with increasingly complex problems as they transform from idealistic startups to profitable businesses.

 
 
3 lessons from Google's Q3 results

3 lessons from Google's Q3 results

17 October 2014

The markets didn't like Google's results, but what do the numbers say about its changing business?

 
 
GSK's Ebola vaccine will be 'too late'

GSK's Ebola vaccine will be 'too late'

17 October 2014

The drugs giant says its vaccine won't be ready until 2016.

 
 
Jimmy Choo totters onto stock market as EE owners dial in to IPO talks

Jimmy Choo totters onto stock market as EE owners dial in to IPO talks

17 October 2014

Despite wobbly markets, the shoe company hasn't fallen over yet, while Orange and Deutsche Telekom are thinking about floating EE.

 
 
Bank of England economist thinks interest rates will be 'lower for longer'

Bank of England economist thinks interest rates will be 'lower for longer'

17 October 2014

Andrew Haldane tries to calm the markets with the help of some cricket metaphors.

 
 
Peer-to-peer loans are set to be included in ISAs

Peer-to-peer loans are set to be included in ISAs

17 October 2014

Savers will be able to dodge the taxman by lending to consumers and entrepreneurs.

 
 
Streaming nose for Netflix as shares tumble 26%

Streaming nose for Netflix as shares tumble 26%

16 October 2014

Investors turn away, as higher prices and tougher market conditions lead the streaming service to miss its internal targets.

 
 
The Eurozone crisis is back

The Eurozone crisis is back

16 October 2014

Inflation is just 0.3%, markets are tanking and the Greek ghost walks again.

 
 
WHSmith and Game show the high street isn't dead yet

WHSmith and Game show the high street isn't dead yet

16 October 2014

Both retailers are reporting increased profits after a difficult few years.

 
 
Take that BT - BSkyB nets strong sales as it eyes European expansion

Take that BT - BSkyB nets strong sales as it eyes European expansion

16 October 2014

The broadcaster has benefited from growing demand for TV on the go.

 
 
Shire-AbbVie break-up: Why governments need to think before they tax

Shire-AbbVie break-up: Why governments need to think before they tax

16 October 2014

Governments want steady income. Companies want predictable tax bills. They should cooperate more.

 
 
Warren Buffett cuts his Tesco losses with 1% share sale

Warren Buffett cuts his Tesco losses with 1% share sale

16 October 2014

Yet more bad news for Tesco as the world's richest investor puts his money where his mouth is and sells off a chunk of his stake.

 
 
Bill Gates finally finishes reading Piketty

Bill Gates finally finishes reading Piketty

15 October 2014

America's wealthiest man reads the acclaimed book calling for a tax on wealth. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't entirely agree with its thesis...

 
 
Britain's 10 largest family businesses revealed

Britain's 10 largest family businesses revealed

15 October 2014

Here's 10 businesses that have made a success of keeping things in the family.

 
 
Amazon passes the parcel to high street stores

Amazon passes the parcel to high street stores

15 October 2014

The online giant has launched a same day pick up service, plans to hire 1,000 new UK staff and announced an exclusive deal with a Cambridge gaming company. Standard.

 
 
Why Tesco can't compete with Aldi and Lidl

Why Tesco can't compete with Aldi and Lidl

15 October 2014

Amidst the noise and smoke of Tesco's escalating crisis over its £250m profit overstatement, boss Dave Lewis should be careful not to lose sight of the underlying issue - how to compete.

 
 
Aldermore has pulled the plug on its IPO

Aldermore has pulled the plug on its IPO

15 October 2014

The challenger bank has dropped its plans because of unstable markets.

 
 
Heartbreak for Shire as AbbVie has second thoughts about $55bn marriage

Heartbreak for Shire as AbbVie has second thoughts about $55bn marriage

15 October 2014

The transatlantic, tax-inverting union of the two drugmakers may now be off.

 
 
Unemployment falls to 6% but wages are still lagging inflation

Unemployment falls to 6% but wages are still lagging inflation

15 October 2014

Wage growth is rubbish yet again - an pre-election interest rate rise is looking pretty far away right now.

 
 
Apple and Facebook offer to pay to freeze the eggs of female staff

Apple and Facebook offer to pay to freeze the eggs of female staff

15 October 2014

The move comes amid controversy over the number of successful women in tech.

 
 

Features

Apple and Facebook's egg-freezing policy smacks of Victorian paternalism

17 October 2014

Tech companies have a gender problem and frozen attitudes aren't going to fix it, argues Gloria Moss.

 

How to take criticism on the chin

17 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Figure out what you want from feedback and don't get defensive, says Claire Bremner.

 

Asset Match: The startup shaking up how private shares are sold

17 October 2014

Two former City traders are on a mission to make private company shares more liquid.

 

Kathryn Parsons: 'Stop penalising women for having children'

15 October 2014

INSPIRING WOMEN: The Decoded co-founder on scrapping the male culture of business, launching in Hawaii and why she loves Spanx.

 

'Failure is not the opposite of success' - Rish Mitra, Blippar

10 October 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Blippar co-founder and CEO Rish Mitra talks work-life balance (or lack of), augmented reality and putting his face on the £20 note.

 

7 ways to bid for contracts and win

10 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Get to know clients ahead of time and prepare for tough questions, says Scott Keyser.

 

Forget bad banks: Small businesses have plenty of other funding options

09 October 2014

Banks shouldn't be bashed over business lending - small firms are actually spoilt for choice, argues Seneca Partners' Nick Leitch.

 

Four excuses mums make that are holding them back in business

08 October 2014

If you're a female entrepreneur with kids, don't fall into the trap of using them as an excuse, Natasha Courtenay-Smith.

 

Why leadership doesn't always make you a good leader

07 October 2014

If you're promoted to the top of the pile, don't forsake the very qualities that got you there, says A Very Good Company founder Natalie Campbell.

 

Bending over backwards to fund yoga startups

06 October 2014

SmartMat and Yoogaia are giving the ancient meditation system a technological twist. 'YogaTech' anyone...?

 

'I wouldn't say I'm a massive outdoors man' - Mark Neale, Mountain Warehouse

06 October 2014

MY STYLE: The Mountain Warehouse boss takes us through some of his favourite things, including organising Glastonbury for dogs.

 

AUTHOR Q&A: Robert Cialdini - The Small Big

06 October 2014

The smallest changes can make the biggest differences, says Robert Cialdini

 

Sukhi Kaler: 'I would feel equally guilty if I didn't work'

06 October 2014

POWER MUMS: The litigation lawyer talks about missing her children's first steps and why she decided against private school.

 

How to take control of your own development

03 October 2014

Leaders should take a hands-on approach to advancing their careers, says Miranda Kennett.

 

John Lewis' boss says 'France is finished'. Miaow.

03 October 2014

Paris is positively mousey nowadays, compared to the capitalist claws out in London, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

'Every business needs to prove its model' - Guy Mucklow, Postcode Anywhere

03 October 2014

Guy Mucklow, CEO and co-founder of Postcode Anywhere talks about growing his business on a shoestring and the importance of 'scaleups'.

 

'You can't match the PR that comes with Dragon's Den' - Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol

03 October 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the swing dance class startup talks about performing at Buckingham Palace and why his pitch to Deborah Meaden almost failed.

 

Why LGBT equality is a business no-brainer - and what you can do to support it

03 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Training, tackling unconscious bias and setting up an LGBT network will help your staff be their very best, says Stonewall chair Jan Gooding.

 
 

The MT Interview

Taking on Sky at its own game: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

Taking on Sky at its own game: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

By Andrew Davidson Friday, 29 August 2014

THE MT INTERVIEW: BT's bold move into TV football wrongfooted deadly rival BSkyB. Now its boss is planning a similar shake-up in the mobile market. And, with his new focus on the customer, he might just pull it off.


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