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William H. Janeway

William H. Janeway

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William H. Janeway, a special limited partner at the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, is an affiliated lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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  1. The Rise and Fall of the Socially Beneficial Corporation
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    The Rise and Fall of the Socially Beneficial Corporation

    Nov 11, 2022 William H. Janeway traces how neoliberalism transformed the once-expansive role of big business in America's political economy.

  2. What’s Breaking Democracy?
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    What’s Breaking Democracy?

    Sep 16, 2022 William H. Janeway traces the historical roots of the West’s current problems to the rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s.

  3. The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley
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    The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley

    Apr 15, 2022 William H. Janeway shows how the venture capital industry has always piggybacked on US government investment.

  4. An Entrepreneur and a Swindler
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    An Entrepreneur and a Swindler

    Jan 13, 2022 William H. Janeway considers what Elizabeth Holmes’s fraud conviction says about the state of the broader innovation economy.

  5. Capital Is Not a Strategy
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    Capital Is Not a Strategy

    Jan 6, 2022 William H. Janeway thinks investors and entrepreneurs should recognize that the current financial environment can't last forever.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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