Business features

My secrets of success, by Mr JDate

By Candice Krieger, March 19, 2008

Facebook fans may wish to avert their eyes. Alon Carmel, the founder and former chairman of JDate — the world’s largest online Jewish dating site — says the days of social-networking-cum-dating sites could soon be numbered. Mr Carmel believes such sites are putting themselves at risk by trying to do too much.

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It’ll get tougher, warns City veteran

By Candice Krieger, March 13, 2008

Investors take heed. More financial turmoil is heading our way as the sub-prime crisis continues to impact upon the global money markets. The warning is sounded by veteran stockbroker Elissa Bayer. One of the first women to become a member of the London Stock Exchange, Mrs Bayer, 55, is director of private clients at investment bank Insinger de Beaufort. She says the effects of the credit crunch are far from over. “The fallout from the sub-prime crisis will take at least another 18 months to sort out and we will get different problems,” she tells JC Business.

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Robert Peston: The BBC reporter who means business

By Simon Round, February 21, 2008

Robert Peston is the BBC business editor who first uncovered the troubles at the newly nationalised Northern Rock. Now he has the UK's new breed of billionaires in his sights. He talks to Simon Round

Robert Peston is fascinated by people with money. He is an acknowledged expert on those who make huge amounts of it, what they do with it, how much tax they pay on it, and the social and economic effects that the new billionaire class has on the rest of us.

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The new e-grocer on the block

By Candice Krieger, February 21, 2008

Internet entrepreneur Johnny Stern is not alone in seeing the potential of his online grocery price-comparison website mySupermarket.co.uk. Greylock, the venture-capital firm that backed Facebook, now holds a stake in the business. Launched just over a year ago by Mr Stern, 35, mySupermarket compares the cost of products among the big four online supermarkets — Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Ocado (Waitrose) — and lets users cost their baskets as they shop. It has secured around £3 million in funding from Greylock and from Israeli venture-capital fund Pitango.

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Interview: Gerald Ratner

By Simon Round, November 1, 2007

A few ill-chosen words to a well-heeled audience 16 years ago reduced Britain's biggest jeweller to poverty. Now he reveals how he bounced back Here is a contender for one of the worst pieces of business advice ever.

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Interview: Vincent Tchenguiz

By Candice Krieger, September 6, 2007

Vincent Tchenguiz is rarely out of the headlines - and recent weeks have been no exception.

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Sir Martin Sorrell clicks with Google

By Candice Krieger, June 28, 2007

WPP boss explains why his firm is forging an alliance with a major competitor Advertising-industry leader Sir Martin Sorrell is keeping his friends close but his enemies closer.

With online advertising posing an increasing threat to the communications business, the WPP boss is forming an alliance with arguably the market's major nemesis, Google.

As the biggest web-search provider, Google's power and influence has been the focus of mounting paranoia within the advertising world as it expands into new formats.

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Sergey Brin: the Google revolutionary

By Mark Malseed, April 6, 2007

It takes a bit of searching to find Sergey Brin’s office at the Googleplex. Tucked away in a corner of Building Number 43 on a sprawling campus near the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, past rows of colourfully decorated cubicles and dorm-like meeting spaces, Office 211 has a nondescript exterior and sits far from the public eye.

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