Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Voices Over the Horizon”: Evan Roth explores the internet with ghost-hunting equipment in his latest solo exhibition

Mar 31, 2015

It’s not too late to catch Evan Roth‘s latest exhibition – “Voices Over the Horizon” – at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in London. It documents the Paris-based American artist’s journey to find the internet’s hidden infrastructure. If you’re familiar with Evan’s work, you know much of it centres around the way technology has sneakily and pervasively wiggled

Back from the brink: the FT’s Monday Interview featuring investor Thor Bjorgolfsson

Mar 30, 2015

This week’s Monday Interview in the Financial Times featured investor Thor Bjorgolfsson, a self-confessed deal addict and once Iceland’s most bank­able billionaire. Described by some as “the Icelander who played a lead role in his country’s boom and bust,” Thor made and lost a pan-European $4bn telecoms-to-banking empire in 2008. However, as noted in the title of his new book, “Billions

Brics banker Jim O’Neill goes to war on superbugs

Mar 30, 2015

Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs chief economist, is spearheading a mission to tackle antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. The feature of an FT article, he was recruited last year by UK prime minister David Cameron to look for ways to reverse the rising tide of drug-resistant superbugs. Jim has recently returned from China (pictured above next to President Xi Jinping),

“Lower oil prices should give way to reforms” argues economist Nasser Saidi

Mar 27, 2015

Dr. Nasser Saidi, the former Chief Economist for Dubai International Financial Centre (2006-12), has argued that “the drop in oil price provides the ‘Perfect Storm’ opportunity for policy reforms.” With the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) facing both the pressure of lower oil and export revenues as well as a loss of competitiveness due to the appreciating

Behind the scenes at SXSW with serial web entrepreneur Ben Parr and innovation strategist Xavier Hughes

Mar 25, 2015

Thousands descended on Austin, Texas to talk tech, play music and network at the annual South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) this year. Laurie Segall from CNN reports that SXSW is the place where start-ups and people in the creative world come to get noticed, and hopefully break out into the wider world. Laurie met with Ben Parr,

Thor Bjorgolfsson, the self-styled “adventure capitalist” who talks about learning from failure, rejoins the “Forbes World’s Billionaires List”

Mar 24, 2015

In his first extensive interview since the economic meltdown, Thor Bjorgolfsson, a self-styled “adventure capitalist” and Chartwell’s latest exclusive speaker, has been interviewed by Forbes magazine following his return to the Forbes World’s Billionaires list this year. The interview outlines Thor’s remarkable story, narrated in the Icelandic billionaire’s recently published autobiography, “Billions to Bust—and Back: How I Made, Lost and Rebuilt a Fortune, And What I

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