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Why Marmite is good. And bad. And why that’s good (not bad)

by Ben Thompson
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You won’t please everyone, so don’t even try. Instead, embrace polarisation. Why settle for homogenised mediocrity when you can embrace the power of the partisan? Marmite: you either love it or hate it, as the marketing folks say. That distinctive little pot of black gloop has been dividing opinion ever since it first rolled out ...

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Why banks need digital disruption

by Adam Burns
Banks fear change - but digital disruption will be good for them.

Because sometimes we all need a kick up the arse. +++ A few weeks ago, I was at a gathering of senior execs from America’s top financial services companies. The month before, I sat with a selection from Europe’s big money movers. Both groups were to the point, open and honest about their biggest threat: ...

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Planes, trains and mobile phones: being where the customer is

by Ben Thompson
"Twenty-two minutes late, badger ate a junction box at New Malden."

The morning commute: it’s never held much attraction for me. Nothing better encapsulates the drudgery of working for a living – think poor old Reggie Perrin and his mid-life crisis, constantly battling against a late-running British Rail (“Twenty-two minutes late, badger ate a junction box at New Malden”) on his way to a job he finds ...

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BLOG: Facebook made me do it

by Clare Forestier
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Big brands have now inveigled their way into my social media feeds Not only is social media a great way to lose hours of time, it’s now making a big dent in my bank balance. A quick peek at Facebook or my blog feed during my tea break, and suddenly gorgeous new strappy sandals are ...

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Lessons from Le Tour: the importance of team

by Ben Thompson
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On the face of it, road cycling is a simple sport: whoever pedals fastest and crosses the line first, wins. It’s just a question of speed, right? Well, kind of. Because while speed (and just as importantly, endurance) are essential to any victory, very few top-level cyclists win a major race – let alone a Grand ...

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Where do you sit on the hype curve for the IoT?

by Sasha Qadri
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Imagine a world where the Internet of Things is the norm…..fast forward to 2030, if you’re a sceptic like me. A group of business leaders shared their personal wish lists with me during a recent discussion with MeetTheBoss TV. They’re ambitious, and included a smart travel experience where your smart car knows you have enough ...

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BLOG: No more grovelling to the bank manager

by Clare Forestier
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Of course it was only a matter of time before the demanding customer, who wants their Amazon delivery yesterday, started to make the same demands of his bank. Not me, I hasten to add, but then my relationship with my bank has always been totally parasitic. Where the bank manager is concerned, I turn into ...

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BLOG: What do the next generation of staff want from their employer?

by Jacob McCabe
What does tomorrow's jobseeker want from today's business?

That’s what we asked Jacob McCabe, who joined MeetTheBoss TV on work experience this week. The answers are excitement over wages and ambition over control. Guardiola not Mourinho is the mission statement (well, Jake is a huge football fan). +++ My name is Jacob McCabe. I am 15 years old, studying for my GCSEs, and ...

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Sport & Technology: raves and free beer

by Clare Forestier
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 We’re building new experiences and new fans every time we turn on the lights I have to be honest here. Apart from the annual tennis fest that is Wimbledon, I’m not the greatest sports fan that ever lived. The office chat about the latest shenanigans in the Premiership leaves me cold, and the latest cricket ...

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Confronting the digital challenge: disrupt or be disrupted

by Ben Thompson
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Every firm wants to be the next Uber. The reality is that most are just uber-scared. So how do you approach the digital age with a swagger, not a swoon? There’s an interesting update doing the rounds on Linkedin at the moment. You’ve probably seen it, sandwiched in between that comedy photo of a fist-pumping ...

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