Monthly Archives: July 2020

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    COVID-19 is an opportunity to challenge problematic VC culture

COVID-19 is an opportunity to challenge problematic VC culture

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sequoia Capital, one of the largest and most influential venture capital (VC) firms in the world, issued a grim letter of warning. They warned their portfolio companies of deals falling through, with slowing sales and a tough fundraising environment. They encouraged reducing expenses, spending “wisely” and “raising productivity” by reducing headcount.

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    Managing while invisible: how the gig economy shapes us and our cities

Managing while invisible: how the gig economy shapes us and our cities

The gig economy is full of disruptive technological darlings. Uber revolutionised how we used taxis, AirBnB changed the hospitality market forever, while Deliveroo has a substantial impact on how cities develop and change and how we use our city space. Their impact, we argue, is a consequence of one of their most important inventions: how to look like they’re […]

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    Why do companies as diverse as oil producers and retailers enter moral markets?

Why do companies as diverse as oil producers and retailers enter moral markets?

What do Tesla and British Petroleum have in common? And how are Walmart and Patagonia similar? On most dimensions, these pairs of firms have little in common with one another—Tesla is widely recognised as a pioneering sustainability company, while BP has long been a target of environmental activism. Yet both companies have had a strong presence in the solar […]

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    Deglobalisation post COVID-19 could spell trouble for the European Monetary Union

Deglobalisation post COVID-19 could spell trouble for the European Monetary Union

The COVID-19 crisis led to severe restrictions in mobility across borders, concerning both individuals and goods. Borders were closed, international travel made almost impossible, and final and intermediate goods were unable to get from one country to another. Massive disruptions of global value chains were caused by inputs not being manufactured due to lockdowns or not being delivered.

While the […]