Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Despite being sent to interview Olympic marketing chief Chris Townsend, Davidson has no tickets yet for the London Games, but he remains hopeful. However, his wife's birthday falls on the final of the women's beach volleyball competition, so there may be a conflict.


It took MT's editorial assistant a week to transcribe and edit the round table on risk, but spending the day with a range of interesting entrepreneurs made it all worthwhile. She also enjoyed meeting Cambridge Satchel's founder, Julie Deane, (p15) and her bodyguard, Rupert, a Boxer dog.


MT's resident contrarian, Alastair Dryburgh, is relaxing after writing his MT book Everything You Know About Business is Wrong in only three months. 'Not something,' he says, 'I'd ever do again.' Based on his Brainfood column, it's 'about trusting your own judgement and not following the herd'.


Ex-Observer columnist and blogger Simon Caulkin came back from holiday to the phone-hacking scandal, the crisis of the eurozone and riots breaking out on the streets of London ... all of which made his MT feature examining the latest thinking on the future of capitalism seem alarmingly timely.


After nearly two decades as an illustrator, Ryder has work published weekly in the Economist and the Telegraph. This month he illustrated the extract from Alastair Dryburgh's new book. Unlike our prehistoric predecessors, Ryder is obsessed with order and is a self-confessed workaholic. 'Perhaps I should be more of a caveman,' he says.

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