• The biggest disasters in business history – podcasts of the week

    Kodak film. The company’s lurch towards bankruptcy in 2012 is profiled in Spectacular Failures. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images Talking points The platform where many users go to to listen to other people’s podcasts, Apple is now plotting to start making its own. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant is in conversation with media companies about creating […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    ‘Entrepreneurs are like the trunk of a tree’ – 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys

    If we don’t have a vision that’s big, and tackles a real problem with a unique solution, people will not care. – Kevin Nguyen, Uiza Just because something works doesn’t mean it cannot be improved. – Shuri Investors are always looking for great founders and startups no matter where they are from. – Alok Goyal, Stellaris Venture Partners India […]

  • Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth review – an uneasy dialogue

    ‘Divine muscular energy’: Michelangelo’s The Risen Christ, c1532-3. Right: Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005 by Bill Viola. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019; Bill Viola Studio Ever since Bill Viola first pitched up in Florence as a 23-year-old film technician in 1974, there has been a certain inevitability […]

  • Who will win the Booker Prize? – podcasts of the week

    The Man Booker Prize 2018 judges Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA Talking points The third season of Serial has lived up to its ‘much-anticipated’ status by managing the biggest debut numbers for the true-crime podcast to date: more than 1.4m listeners download each of its first two episodes. Meanwhile, another online juggernaut, TED Talks is expanding its […]

  • PODCASTS
    TechCentral’s top 5 podcasts in August – what did you miss?

    TechCentral’s interview with Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk and letgo co-founder Alec Oxenford was the website’s most popular podcast in August 2018, according to statistics from platform partner iono.fm. The interview focused on Naspers’s decision to invest a further US$500-million into the US mobile classifieds platform. The three-year-old letgo has already seen over 100 million downloads […]

  • Did Clinton’s cupboards lose her the presidency? – podcasts of the week

     ‘I want to be spontaneous and authentic and maybe a little likeable…’ Hillary Clinton is back on With Her. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP Pick of the week: With Her Hillary Clinton’s podcast With Her (iTunes) followed her campaign trail from the inside – and now she’s back with a two-part interview about what went wrong. Clinton-friendly host Max […]

  • STARTUPS
    Declines in Traffic to Your Retail Store May be Slowing – Finally!

    U.S. brick-and-mortar stores including small businesses are showing signs of life again. In the retail month of July 2017, in-store analytics company RetailNext found stores’ traffic decline was the lowest since January 2016. Sales also experienced a relatively low year-over-year decline, which is a positive sign for the retail industry as a whole. RetailNext Retail Performance Pulse […]

  • Paul Kelly: Life Is Fine review – some of his best songs in years

    In the A–Z of Paul Kelly’s career – something he spent some 550 pages discussing in his excellent “mongrel memoir” How to Make Gravy, which obliquely discussed in alphabetical order the inspirations, motivations and memories lurking behind more than 100 of his songs – attention always turns back to his third album, Post, the one […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    SA entrepreneurs want more business support – survey

    South African entrepreneurs want more business development support, while entrepreneurship is declining as a career option among young people, according to the results of the latest Seed Academy startup survey. Conducted by Seed Academy and the WDB Seed Fund for the third year running, the “Real State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa” survey polled 1,200 […]