The dangers of old people

Last week I wrote about how it’s ok for governments to spend more than their tax take when the economy is depressed.  This week I’m going show that while additional spending can be helpful to kick-starting the economy, there are good things to spend the money on, and there are less good things. The current […]

Good management: take your hand off the saddle.

The Harvard Business Review Ideacast podcast recently had an interesting interview recently with Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, Google’s former SVP of Products.  The subject was lessons from Google about how to manage talent, which are documented along with other lessons in a new book the pair have written (“How Google Works”). The main point […]

Size doesn’t matter

…at least when it comes to information! As the statistical nerds amongst you may be aware, there is a bit of a backlash going on against “big data”, fueled partly by discovery of the hubris in Google’s attempts to predict flu outbreaks. Tim Harford is thankfully on the front line, as well as the Economist.   Health […]

Gold vs Bitcoin

A wet Sunday afternoon has let to the exploration of my Netflix ‘to watch’ list, which is normally compiled by clicking through ‘more like this’ for about 20 minutes before I go to bed.  Today this led me to alight on End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless. It’s been a while since I […]

The Curve, by Nicholas Lovell

Wandering around the Whitechapel library last week I was attracted to the vibrant red cover of this book, along with the fact it had a blurb by David Rowan, the editor of Wired UK.  The slightly less vibrant content of the book is a hubristically contrived framework for thinking about how to successfully market goods […]