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Entrepreneurialism

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Jeff Bezos on innovation

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
Jeff Bezos was recently interview by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Asked by digital editor Massimo Russo "what is the recipe for innovation", he gave a phenomenal answer: Easy: to improve our customers' experience. To be genuinely innovative, innovation needs... MORE

Innovative bureaucracies?

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
I am afraid people on the free-market side have generally underestimated the impact of Marianna Mazzucato's book, The Entrepreneurial State. Mazzucato's work has been reviewed glowingly by Martin Wolf and embraced by many of the left as exposing an untold... MORE

How We Count Counts: Diane Coyle on The Rise and Fall of American Growth

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Emily Skarbek
Diane Coyle has reviewed Robert Gordon's new book (out late January), The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War. Gordon's central argument will be familiar to readers of his work. In his... MORE

Thoughts on "Almost Wholly Negative"

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
This morning, I was perusing the American Economic Association's program for its annual meetings, trying to decide whether to do the 2+ hour drive up to San Francisco for a day on Sunday. I worked my way through the program,... MORE

Of iPads and socialism

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
Can we have "socialism, with an iPad"? This is the picture the Labour Shadow Chancellor recently used, with the aim of providing a somewhat modernized, albeit only symbolically, face for Jeremy Corbyn's economic proposals. Labour-leaning columnist Zoe Williams argues that... MORE

Entrepreneurship and the Steve Jobs movie

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
I've watched the "Steve Jobs" movie (what a movie!) and I'd like to share a couple of thoughts. The movie is not a substitute for the monumental biography by Walter Isaacson (another book which has been on my bedside table... MORE

Slaying the Myths about Plastic Bags

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
David Henderson
Though it was meant as irony, there was an essential (if accidental) truth behind the speech [in the movie American Beauty]. The technology behind plastic grocery bags is so useful it won a Nobel Prize. Employing an unimaginably small amount... MORE

Truly Notable and Quotable

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
The Wall Street Journal often provides its readers with eye-opening arguments in the "Notable and Quotable" column hosted in its editorial page. On March 13, the WSJ quoted William Baumol, Robert Litan, and Carl Schramm, "Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and... MORE

Will lower prices gain Uber support?

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
Uber has been a phenomenal fund-raising success. The company now capitalizes more than Hertz (and not just Hertz, check this out). Now, whatever you may think of Hertz's business model, Hertz has offices all around the globe, an impressive salesforce,... MORE

Poverty and "enterprise facilitators"

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
Ernesto Sirolli once worked in the industry of foreign aid - but soon realised he was far from having the impact he dreamt about. In this remarkable TED talk he explains his first hand experience with the sort of attitudes... MORE

The resurrection of the automatic watch

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
David Landes' brilliant book, Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, ends with a chapter that reads like an obituary of sorts to Swiss watchmaking. The book was published in 1983, and Landes maintained that the... MORE

Why I love markets - and not just technology

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
I've taken the picture above because it explains why I love markets. Sorry if the quality is so-so: I am an even worse photographer than a writer. What you see there is a nice machine I have found in... MORE

Day dreaming for libraries

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
Neil Gaiman has written a formidable plea for public libraries. Here you can find the text of a lecture that he delivered in London on October 14, subsequently published on The Guardian. His arguments are instinctively appealing to all of... MORE

Friday Night Video: Mark Cuban, Humanitarian

Entrepreneurialism
David Henderson
This isn't the usual Friday night video. Rather, it's a mention of an ABC-TV show that my wife and I watch every Friday night. It's called "Shark Tank." I highly recommend it. It's the highlight of our Friday evening. Five... MORE

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