Peer-to-peer pressure

‘Are these new players providing a valuable new service or are they merely an arbitrage play?’ Peer-to-peer markets used to be simple: there was eBay. If you had a broken laser pointer you wanted to sell, eBay was the place to find a buyer. Then came the local...

What cities tell us about the economy

‘In 1667 the Dutch ceded Manhattan to the British, thinking sugar-rich Suriname was a better bet’ The economic indicators that surround us are familiar, as are the criticisms they attract. The consumer prices index doesn’t fully capture the boon of new products;...

Let’s be blunt: criticism works

‘If Amazon encourages its staff to be straight with each other about what should be fixed, so much the better’ Last month’s Amazon exposé in The New York Times evidently touched a white-collar nerve. Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld described what might...

Meet the Flop Pickers

‘If savvy consumers can help predict a product’s success, might there not be consumers whose clammy embrace spells its death?’ Spare a thought for the poor darlings who run your typical transnational, fast-moving, consumer goods company. They invest millions launching...

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