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With the regular emergence of new, increasingly niche sub-sectors, the tech landscape is brimming with new hybrid words. These are increasingly buzzy, frequently ushered in by promising start-ups with hopes of market disruption.You’re almost certainly aware of fintech (that’s finance + technology), and likely also biotech (biology + technology). Also relatively straightforward are the budding ag-tech (agriculture + technology) and edtech (education + technology) spaces.But what about ad-tech?Referring, as you may have guessed, to the place where advertising and technology converge, ad-tech is ...Read More>>

Check out these four social enterprises that are not only benefiting the environment on which we all depend, but also providing clean energy solutions to communities.Solarkiosk: This start-up has created an ‘autonomous business unit’ – a kiosk with built-in solar panels that makes it self-sustainable. It was designed for the 1.5 billion people in the world who are living off electricity grids. The kiosk provides a sustainable source of energy to charge anything from mobile phones to refrigerators. The German-based start-up is currently operating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana.Bio-Bean: Coffee ...Read More>>

Ahead of the 21st Annual Capital Management and Allocation Conference we spoke with  Nicolas Vandenberg, Head of Capital Planning at Societe Generale, about the best practices for making long term allocation decisions and the importance of the interaction between liquidity and capital.Image: Nicolas Vandenberg, Head of Capital Planning at Societe Generale Regarding your session on ‘optimal balance sheet management’, what would you say is the key area banks should be focusing on?  Carefully planning capital and hybrid instruments is increasingly import ...Read More>>

Automated haul trucks and drilling machines are being tested in mines across the world. Sensors at the tip of drill bits are measuring ore grade in real time, and data analytics is being used to discover new deposits of precious metals. In oil and gas, underwater robots fix gas pipelines off the coast and drones inspect offshore oil rigs. Crawling well-drilling machines drill multiple wells quickly and accurately one after another. These are just some of the many ways technology is transforming the demand and supply of resources.Historically, the resources sector followed a dig-and-deliver mod ...Read More>>

Bitcoin has been the top-performing currency in the world in six of the past seven years, climbing from zero to a value of about $1,190.But the cryptocurrency isn't anywhere close to its potential, according to Jeremy Liew, the first investor in Snapchat, and Blockchain CEO and cofounder Peter Smith. In a presentation sent to Business Insider, the duo laid out their case for why it's reasonable for bitcoin to explode to $500,000 by 2030. Their argument is based on increased interest in bitcoin, thanks to:  Bitcoin-based remittancesRemittance transfers, or electronic money transfers to for ...Read More>>

If United Airlines is willing to save itself from becoming stasis, the CEO of this airline company may need to take a look at the annual shareholder letter of Jeff Bezos, the man from Amazon who once a year, in his letter to Amazon shareholders, gives us all a glimpse into his business world view and management philosophy. Though the publication was not targeted to United Airlines but it has become relevant to the scenario. He says in his yearly playbook that making quick decisions and obsessing on customer outcomes are key to avoiding stasis within companies. And clearly Oscar Muñoz, CEO ...Read More>>

Investors today are thinking “green” – as in the colour of money – and channelling their funds towards sustainable investments. WRI's David Richardson explains why top investors are interested in companies that deal with sustainability.Washington watchers who see a gloomy future for environmental issues may be missing something Wall Street already sees: an $8.7 trillion boom in sustainable investments.One of every five dollars invested in the US today targets sustainable investments. Not to be outdone, private capital is flowing there too. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma and o ...Read More>>

Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world.What follows is our answer to him. It’s a story about the stunning gains the poorest people in the world have made over the last 25 years. This incredible progress has been made possible not only by the generosity of Warren and other philanthropists, the charitable giving of individuals across the world, and the efforts of the poor ...Read More>>

The cost of investing has fallen dramatically over the past decade as technology, a push for transparency and the rise of cheap tracker funds combine to push down fees.It’s now possible to buy a global share portfolio, including the investment platform’s fee, for less than 0.5pc annually.Here are the main factors driving down the cost of your investments.1. TechnologyFar more of the investment process has become automated – run by complex algorithms and simply overseen by humans.The daily rebalancing of a typical “passive” fund that tracks the market is now almost entirely autonomous. “Active” ...Read More>>

What is the Single Market?The Treaty of Rome in 1957 aimed to abolish "obstacles to freedom of movement for [goods], persons, services and capital".These "four freedoms" form the bedrock of the Single Market - or the "common market" as it was then known.Free trade deals usually focus on getting rid of tariffs on goods. But the Single Market is more than just a free trade zone.It treats the EU and other members as one bloc without borders where companies can do business on a level playing field.Goods, services, investment and people can move around freely.Or at least, that's the idea.Which coun ...Read More>>

Global banks have warned they could move thousands of jobs out of Britain to prepare for the expected disruption caused by the country's exit from the European Union, posing a risk to London's status as a major financial center.Leading financial firms warned for months before last June's Brexit referendum that they would have to move some jobs if there was a leave vote, and have been working on plans for how they would do so for the past six months.More details are starting to emerge after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain would leave the European single market, ending banks' hopes ...Read More>>

More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn't possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.The stake was sold for 10.2 billion euros to a Singapore investment vehicle that Rosneft said was a 50/50 joint venture between Qatar and the Swiss oil trading firm Glencore.Unveiling the deal at a televised meeting with Rosneft's boss Igor Sechin on Dec. 7, President Vladimir Putin called it a sign of international faith in Russia, despite U. ...Read More>>

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. Scrolling through my Facebook news feed recently, I stumbled upon an article shared by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization focused on climate science. “The World’s Renewable Energy Capacity Now Beats Out Coal,” read the headline from Co.Exist. I clicked. “The tipping point marks a major milestone in the transition to cleaner power sources,” the subhead declared from atop an aerial photo of a wind farm. And so went most of ...Read More>>

Chinese companies plan to spend $1 billion over the next two years building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.The 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl power plant was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.The explosion also resulted in vast areas of land being contaminated by nuclear fallout, with a 30-kilometre exclusion zone, which encompassed the town of Pripyat, being declared in the area round the facility.Solar power pla ...Read More>>

When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts.In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, author and speaker Andrew Winston responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why? And what should we be doing about it now?The business community has moved a long way in recent years. There’s broad acceptance that pursuing sustain­ability and addressing climate change are good for business.Seeing that general ...Read More>>

1. Bio-resources: feeding a sustainable chemical industry: Faraday DiscussionLocation: London, UKDate: 19-21 June, 2017This Faraday Discussion aims to address some of the critical issues in this field by bringing together experts in different but complementary areas in the chemical sciences.2. 4TH ANNUAL PEPTIDES CONGRESS 2017Location: London, UKDate: April 24-25, 2017Two-day interactive conference addressing three main themes:Recent Progress in Peptide Technologies & ManufacturingPeptide Discovery & Development: Peptide Chemistry, Formulation & DeliveryAdvances in Peptide Therapeu ...Read More>>

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