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5 June 2023
I’ve been waiting for Apple’s launch of its long-awaited virtual reality headset for three years now. Back in November 2019, Mark Gurman was talking up Apple’s VR/AR plans in Bloomberg, with launches intended in 2021 and 2022. Today is day 1 of Apple's 2023 WW Development Conference, and I'm hoping the VR headset and wider strategy will finally be announced today. (Article continues on Philip Ammerman's Substack)
27 November 2022
The FTX collapse and scandal continue to unfold in media. As a tech investor and advisor, I am more than a little furious with the investors who backed it so consistently over years with $ 1.8 billion in total capital raised. Many of these are regulated entities; others invest public money or pension fund assets. All of them are highly experienced and normally follow internal processes and controls. Yet in the case of FTX, it would appear that almost none of the basic protocols for tech due diligence and post-investment monitoring were followed.
7 October 2022
Legal firms are high performance work organisations that rely on the application of expert knowledge within a specific legal and industrial / transaction-based context. A common challenge faced by many legal firms is adapting to Digital Transformation and managing digital workflow. This article illustrates some of the strategic decisions necessary for lawyers and legal firms to ask themselves prior to embarking on a digital transformation journey.
9 December 2021
Newspaper reports this week have been filled with reported threats to cancel the Nordstream 2 natural gas pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, in case Russia invades Ukraine. As with so many other public policy positions taken by western countries, this is a largely symbolic gesture which will probably have little impact on the underlying situation.
16 October 2021
The Cyprus national elections of May 2021 showed that despite national outrage over corruption, there were few political consequences for the leading political parties. This article assesses public sector performance in Cyprus in terms of the role of the state in the economy, and the impunity with which responsibility for major economic disasters is avoided.
29 May 2020
The 2-month lockdown and subsequent measures to open the economy has caused significant damage to the Cypriot and world economy. This article explores how to understand risk, how to prepare for it, and the mindset needed to institutionalize it in companies and start-ups.
6 April 2020
This is a brief update on the coronavirus and its impact on tourism and the economy in Greece. Despite the laudable measures taken by the Government, Greece's high exposure to the tourism sector means that a deep recession is inevitable.
19 February 2019
One of the most frequently-asked questions I encounter is whether the Cypriot Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) is a bubble, and whether the current building boom in large construction projects in Cyprus can be continued.