IN 1987, when Lei Jun was a computer-science student in Wuhan, on the banks of the Yangtze River, he read a book about Steve Jobs and vowed to emulate him. If all goes to plan, this summer Mr Lei will take a leap towards that dream with the flotation of his firm, Xiaomi, at a […]
THE financial crisis a decade ago brought the glory days of private equity to a screeching halt. The debt-fuelled megadeals on which the industry had built its fame (or notoriety) seemed over. But on January 30th a group of investors led by Blackstone, the world’s largest private-equity firm, announced a $17bn deal to carve out […]
IT IS usually considered quaint to predict foreign-exchange movements by reference to whether currencies are dear or cheap. Metrics such as The Economist’s Big Mac index, a lighthearted guide to exchange rates, hint at how far currency values are out of whack. But they are often driven further out of kilter by capital flows, by […]
5 tips why trade shows are worth the expense, what to do if you’re exhibiting, and how to make the most out of the opportunity.
Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made, according to new research, and money is not the biggest motivator for an entrepreneur. It is autonomy.
Only 30 percent of companies owned by women were able to get a bank loan in the past three months, compared with half of all owners surveyed.
Data from Qualtrics shows the factors that determine a traveler’s experience and where they choose to stay.
WHAT does it take for an American industrial champion to succeed in an age of globalisation and impatient investors? Some observers argue that it has become impossible. The world is just too nasty and unfair, they bleat. Perhaps they should take a look at Dow Chemical, a firm born in Michigan in 1897 that has […]
Running a company isn’t easy when you’re also trying to overcome life’s obstacles. These new series are must-sees for every business owner.
CHINESE banks are not far removed from the age of the abacus. In the 1980s they used these ancient counting boards for much of their business. In the 1990s many bank employees had to pass a basic abacus test. Today the occasional click-clack, click-clack can still be heard in villages as tellers slide their abacus […]