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A FEW YEARS AGO I was invited to join a new programme run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was called the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) and involved teams from around the world: Finland, Andalusia in Spain, Zhejiang of Chin...

WHEN I HOSTED a major international conference in Edinburgh in September 1994 I invited Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, to give a keynote speech. At that time the web was in its infancy and Tim was in the process of moving from Geneva to Bosto...

AS WE ALL KNOW, our world is increasingly a digital one. Whether it is web publishing, online commerce and banking, driverless cars, or computer games, there is an insatiable demand for people with computing skills to help design and build our modern economy.

Eric Schmi...

HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT IT, the Scottish economy is currently a basket case. Our deficit, were we a separate economy, would be running at 9.5% of GDP, the worst anywhere in the EU, including Greece, and our current annual growth rate of 0.4% is under a fifth of the UK’s le...

FOR MANY YEARS NOW, more girls than boys are going to university, and in some particularly traditional professions, such as law, accountancy and medicine the majority

of graduates are now female. You might expect that this would eventually mean that women will take most...

WHEN I WAS RUNNING a start-up technology business in the 1980s we set up a pension scheme for our employees – it seemed the right thing to do – and if our employees made a contribution to their pension plan, the company made a matching contribution, up to ve per cent o...

WHEN WE last voted on our constitutional future here in Scotland, the SNP government provided a 648- page white paper describing in huge detail what an independent Scotland might look like. We can’t say we weren’t properly informed.

This time round the only written mani...

WHEN MY late wife graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1973 with a first class honours degree in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy – their name for physics – she was one of three students in her class who were awarded firsts that year, and all three had come...

BACK IN THE LATE 1990s I was invited to a BT evening event and over dinner I was seated next to the group managing director for BT UK.

He had been hired by BT from the Post Office and was finding some of the new communication technologies a bit overwhelming.

“This intern...

I WAS STRUCK RECENTLY when on the same day I met with two very different senior experts in their particular fields.

One, an innovation advisor to the Scottish Government on the better provision of public services, and the other a leader in the finance sector running a l...

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