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My latest on what other places can/should (and can't/shouldn't) learn from Cambridge's entrepreneurial success…
A sign that top talent could be better allocated: When the economy is bad, more graduates are forced to become founders... and they outperform founders by choice. Why? Top students are drawn to banking & consulting for the 💰 but with those paths closed, they launch new ideas!a
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A randomised trial has found a seasonal vaccination and preventative drug combination lowers child hospitalisations and deaths from malaria by approximately 70%…
They kept in secret for all that time. It's the best practical joke I've ever heard of. With recent developments, I'm starting to wonder how powerful his friends really are
As a teenager my best friend's dad casually mentioned to his pals in a pub chat: "What's up with all these donkey sanctuaries asking for money". Over the next three decades they signed him up to donkey sanctuary newsletters, pinned leaflets up in pub toilets, stuff like that.
I'm quoted in today's @FT talking about the Age Appropriate Design Code (now renamed the Children's Code). With days to go until it comes into force - there are still huge questions...…
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Mansard extensions "add more bedrooms in areas of high demand close to transport links, bringing new customers within walking distance of struggling high streets"…
I highly recommend checking out this new paper…
This week I write on Clancy's follow-up article on the evidence showing (among other things) that entrepreneurship transmits from peer-to-peer more readily when peers are similar…
Her: Who's your favourite literary vampire? Me: The one in Sesame Street Her: He doesn't count Me: I can assure you that he does
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Today's newsletter covers @Gilesyb on why the government shouldn't just focus its policy interventions on high-tech sectors, and @mattsclancy on the impact that exposure to entrepreneurs has on encouraging entrepreneurship
It’s been another week of promising #SignsofProgress. Here are some of the highlights across the tech, science and innovation that have caught the team’s attention at @InstituteGC this week.
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For a comprehensive takedown of the last year and a half of Covid-sceptic cranks - their failed predictions, contradictory analysis, and increasingly extreme views - this is an absolute must read from @cjsnowdon 👇 Stick with it for the dark…H
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Relying on consumers to do the right thing is a dead-end because our intuitions mislead us all the time. From plastic bags to Nespresso pods, the green choice option is often surprising. I'm in @CapX today arguing that there's no substitute to prices.…
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Science and innovation are not only bedrocks of the West’s future prosperity, but also vital for its global standing, argue @Sam_Dumitriu and @benedictcooney for @ProSyn.…
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If you have graduated from a top global university then you will be free to move to the UK without a job offer under the new 'High Potential Individual Visa'.
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🚨🚨 NEW 🥳 BOWMAN 🥳 POST 🚨🚨 Me on what govt plans for curbing Big Tech mergers could mean for startups: - Fewer exit opportunities, - Less VC investment, - A weaker startup ecosystem overall. But, unusually, this consultation might stop…k8xa2i
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There are currently 100 different places you can log into UK government services... Fascinating piece from @Philip_Salter and @kmei_ on the huge benefits to be reaped from making the UK a truly Digital State…
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'How a next generation Human Genome Project could save countless lives' My piece with @HenryFingerhut is in @CapX today. Check it out!…
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OPINION | Ever felt like it's impossible to come up with new ideas? You're not alone. It's becoming harder and harder and requiring more and more expertise to come up with original proposals - and it's killing Britain's productivity, writes @Sam_Dumitriu
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🚨 | NEW: Tony Blair says now is the right time for the UK to embrace the transformative nature of technology Via@Daily_Expresss
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Check out @kmei_'s and my essay (as well as nice other essays on innovation), out today!…
So how do we do it? We need a digital identity (would more secure than the currently plethora of databases); we need government departments to share data with each other (and so the once-only-princple); & we need to bring in (& pay) proven product managers from the private sector
Here is one of loads of practical examples of how it would improve your life.
In an essay with @kmei_, w argue that the Government should be aiming for a 'no-stop shop' where citizens are automatically offered services rather than being expected to apply for them.…
NEW REPORT THREAD🔔: The Government is progressing it's work on ensuring we have "one login for government" (…K). This is really exciting, and something that I've been pushing for for years, but I don't think this is ambitious enough!
Cruelty-free foie gras. The future will be fantastic!…
Check this out! Working with the @InstituteGC to bring together some of the best brains in innovation policy was so much fun. And having Tony Blair and @patrickc write the preface and foreword is pretty awesome.…
Neither an optimist, nor pessimist. In defence of solutionism…
There were 55 students in my incoming class at Columbia’s MFA Film program. Only 4 of us ever managed to make a career out of it. And of those 4, one guy dropped out the first semester. Funny enough he’s the most successful one having co-directed Avengers Endgame. Hi Anthony!…
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After a 60% surge in demand, Singapore's tax authorities used Robotic Process Automation (RPA) & built their own RPA tools. Officers also self-learnt coding & built an automated filing checker, so you can tax filing requirements in 3 questions…
"If unpaid Minecraft mods can produce a 29-page mathematical analysis of Dream’s contested run, then scientists and editors can find the time to treat plausible fraud allegations with the seriousness they deserve"…
This week I've written about the Treasury planning to change the rules to allow a slice of the UK's £2.2trn pension funds to be invested in start-ups
Huy Fong's Sriracha hit revenue of $150m+ a year...with no sales team, no trademark and $0 in ad spend. Its creator is Vietnamese-American David Tran, making the sauce's success a tale of immigrant hustle and a product that literally sells itself. Here's the story🧵s
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This week's @TenThinkTank newsletter covers our latest report with @sageuk & @PortlandComms, written by @Sam_Dumitriu, and features a call from @Foroige's NFTE to support young entrepreneurs in Ireland…
You know what time it is! Jabbing time
There will be another one tomorrow, which you can sign up for here
Latest Newsletter: We make the case for establishing a new order of chivalry, specifically designed to encourage invention and raise the status of being an innovator in the eyes of the public.…
NEW REPORT: New business creation represents a powerful opportunity to strengthen and support Britain’s most deprived communities. Working with @sageuk and @PortlandComms we polled 1,202 people and SMEs in London’s 3 most deprived boroughs & 6 of Newcastle’s most deprived wards
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If you're a policymaker wanting ideas on boosting our ecosystem - there are still a few of them left...…
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"Permanently divorcing physical location from economic opportunity gives us a real shot at radically expanding the number of good jobs in the world while also dramatically improving quality of life for millions, or billions, of people."…
Hong Kong by master photographer Fan Ho.
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This is one of the best essays I've read this year. To be honest, I'd been wondering why I was following a jazz critic. Now I know.…
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The new a16z media is live. Technology, innovation, and the future, as told by those building it. Accept no substitutes.
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