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Tech IPO – implicit overvaluation?

As rash of articles like this one question the basis on which current IPO’s are being valued: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10750830/Tech-company-valuations-risk-bringing-down-the-whole-sector.html Perhaps the banal reality is that IPO overvaluation is implicit. There are four major components to any flotation: 1. New capital provided … Continue reading

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washington post bezos acquisition

What makes a newspaper? The most valuable asset of any news organisation are their team of editorial staff and journalists and keeping them together a major challenge in the conflict between ‘old’ and ‘new’ media. Print editions of newspapers are … Continue reading

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Googlestan, Appleasia, or Amazonia?

Network technologies have not only change the framework of communication, but they are changing people’s behaviour and society. That power is extraordinary, perhaps without comparison in human history. The ‘Tech Sector’ has spawn dozens of the world’s richest and most … Continue reading

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Pirate Party politics

The Pirate Party in Germany is a confused mish-mash of personalities and opinions, which is gaining a surprising level of support in the opinion polls and at elections. Two clear signals are emerging. Firstly, the traditional parties have lost their … Continue reading

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airport security – perfume and spirit

Berlin’s Tegel Airport is due to close forever in a couple of months time and with it disappears one of the best designed terminals ever built. From plane to taxi in about 50metres, with all the passport checking, baggage collection … Continue reading

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Google Publishing

Google have dominated the internet and have consistently created well-designed cleverly conceived services for hundreds of millions of people, reaching well beyond their original role as a numbers driven search engine. They are gradually becoming a publisher. Publishing is the … Continue reading

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Euro crisis – a little local affair?

The coming storm of Euro collapse threatens the well-being of hundreds of millions of people in Europe, whether they are part of the Eurozone or not. Double digit falls in GDP would bring widespread unemployment, wipe out the value of … Continue reading

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The Quality of Added-Value

The financial crisis which took off three or four years ago has become an economic crisis and reached an impasse, when action in one area leads to problems in another and vice versa, with no sense of an overall resolution … Continue reading

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Phone Hacking – no surprise, no privacy

What does phone hacking by journalists achieve? Journalism is a public activity and media organisations have to ensure that what they say and write can be proven, or face the possibility of legal action for libel, or defamation. Hacking might … Continue reading

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value added tax and the holocaust

Appropriate monuments to the most appalling episode of modern European history, the holocaust perpetrated against Jews, Homosexuals, the Disabled and Opponents of Nazism, are extraordinarily difficult to appraise from a cultural perspective. Creating massive monuments to appalling events threatens their … Continue reading

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