Bloomberg Businessweek 01/23/17
Issue
You Don’t Have to Lose Your Job if You Lose Your Sight
I was hurtling through Shanghai in a cigarette-scented taxi, not quite sure where I was headed. Cab jaunts through unfamiliar places can be a bit stressful for anybody. You feel vulnerable and too dependent on a driver you don’t know and can’t necess
The Looming Trump Trade Disaster
Even by his standards, Donald Trump’s statements on trade have been stunning in their recklessness. His proposals essentially amount to the repudiation of a system that has fostered global stability and lifted hundreds of millions of people out of po
Why India’s Rupee Reform Isn’t Working
India’s controversial decision to ban 500- and 1,000-rupee notes has backfired. The idea was to root out “black money”—the profits of political corruption, tax evasion, and ordinary crime. But efforts to get around the ban have been so effective that
Movers
Ups President Obama commuted the 35-year sentence of Chelsea Manning, ending it in May. The former U.S. Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking classified material. Obama has shortened prison terms for almost 1,400 people, more than his 1
The War In Yemen Tests Saudi Arabia’s Clout
Riyadh fails to check Iran’s regional influence | “It’s hard to describe this Saudi intervention as a success”
May Spells Out Her Ambitious Wish List
Tariff-free trade? Yes. Unlimited immigration? No, no, no | Retaliation “would not be the act of a friend”
Brazilians Look for a Trump of Their Own
Fed up with recession and corruption, they want a new face | “The country is a mess. It needs someone to clean it up”
The Habs, Poutine, Jobs: Welcome To Quebec
The province has become a major source of specialized IT gigs | It’s “the ideal environment to build up successful organizations”
Pharma’s Worst Nightmare
Drug companies fear negotiating prices with Uncle Sam | “America would be lifting a rock to hit its own feet”
Amazon Goes After The Walmart Shopper
The online giant will accept food stamps for its groceries | “There are very few retailers who can serve the high and low end”
In Brazil, It’s Now Beer—Without The Babes
A slowing market has brewers dropping sexist commercials | Approaching “women the way they want to be approached”
Trump’s K Street Office
Corey Lewandowski rebrands himself as a fixer peddling access to the White House | Of all the D.C. lobbying shops, “there aren’t too many who limit themselves to one person’s agenda”
The Quiet Official Who’s Trump Enemy No. 1
Walter Shaub hates Trump’s plan to step back from his business | “I don’t think divestiture is too high a price to pay to be the president”
Pruitt Faces Fire On Climate Views
Senate Dems grill Trump’s EPA pick on ties to fossil fuel industry | “We see Pruitt as a worst-case example”
In the Land of the Blind Hire
Companies are trying affirmative action—but don’t call it that | “That internal conversation … made people haul ass”
When A Facebook Page Matters To Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg’s mix of family and business has a lot of help | “His image in the digital domain needs to be controlled”
Holding Down the Costs of the Cloud
Analytics startups help manage companies’ server needs | “I didn’t have any tools beforehand. I was basically blind”
From Angry Birds To Particle Physics
Rovio veterans bet they can make a learning game kids want to play | “Something like this could be quite useful in building confidence”
Innovation | Pocket Dslr
Michael Belfiore Form and function The Light L16 aggregates images from multiple phone-camera-size sensors to create pictures with a resolution as high as 52 megapixels, a little higher than the best digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera on the
Startup Behavox Is Using AI to Build a Sort of Minority Report for Rogue Traders
A startup asks financial companies to help it build a database of signs a trader could go rogue | “It really doesn’t pay to be insular when it comes to compliance”
How Well Is Vanguard’s Boss Paid?
Its CEO is said to have earned more than $10 million in 2015 | “It is … a competitive advantage not to be laying it all out there”
Homebuilders Look to Trump for a Mood Lift
The industry is betting on promises to ease regulations | “The biggest risk to the housing market … is the government”
How To Make A €367 Million Loss Disappear
On Dec. 1, 2008, most of the world’s banks were still panicking through the financial crisis. Lehman Brothers had collapsed. Merrill Lynch had been sold. Citigroup and others had required multibillion-dollar bailouts to survive. But not every institu
Red State Venture Capital
INSTEAD OF REVIVING OLD JOBS, AS TRUMP PROMISED, KID FINANCIER ROSS BAIRD IS TRYING TO SAVE RURAL AMERICA BY CREATING NEW JOBS, ONE ASIAN-CARP-FILETING FACTORY AT A TIME
The Mauritania Exploit
AFTER EDWARD SNOWDEN SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY COULD DO, EVERY COUNTRY WANTED NSA-LEVEL TECHNOLOGY. MANISH KUMAR, A SCRAPPY INDIAN BROKER, WAS HAPPY TO PROMISE BIG THINGS. THEN HE WAS HIRED TO HELP A WEST AFRICAN NATION TAP ITS CELL-PHONE NETWORKS, AND THINGS WENT WAY, WAY SOUTH
All The Doctors Will See You Now
Executive health programs are convenient for the C-suite—and great for hospitals’ balance sheets
The Impossible Climb
Sallie Krawcheck says that for women to get ahead, they might have to write their own rules.
You Deserve A Workation
DigitalOutposts Travelers spend two weeks to two months on destination co-working experiences in locales including Bali; Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “People have a reliable workspace, so that they can arrive in a new place an
Big Mac Attack
Like most 50-year-olds, the Big Mac is starting to show its age: That toasted sesame seed bun and secret sauce can’t hide the fact that Mickey D’s still uses frozen patties. Today’s fast-food consumers trend toward better burgers with fresher beef an
Andrew Herman
Interview by Jason Chen What do you do? Meltwater helps companies around the world monitor and analyze media about themselves, competitors, and their industries. I’m a partner overseeing the New York office’s sales team of about 75 people. Are you