Ag & Industrial Minerals

Innovative agribusinesses could drive agriculture modernization in Sri Lanka

[[tweetable]]Agribusiness can help drive prosperity in Sri Lanka[[/tweetable]] – and we know just the entrepreneurs to do it. Over the last few months, we have seen over 1000 proposals come pouring in for consideration under the matching grants scheme (MGS) for agribusiness.  Today, the Governme ...

Asbestos use and Environmental Justice

When discussing environmental justice, several common themes center around health effects associated with exposure to lead or outdoor air quality and respiratory conditions. While these topics are vital to conversations about public health, there are other toxins the general public may n ...

A low-priced water reuse process that also delivers renewable energy in rural areas

What do Yucatan (Mexico), Michoacan (Mexico), Karur (India), and Jan Kempdorp (South Africa) have in common? These are all places with successful stories of implementing Anaerobic Digestion (AD) for wastewater treatment. But what is AD? What are the benefits?   AD systems are installed for many di ...

133 Of The Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures Of All Time

We’ve had failure on the brain recently. Why? Partly because it’s a good counterbalance to the typical survivorship bias-laden stories we read, and also because understanding failure is critical to the algorithms underlying our product. Some of the fail-related research we’ve issued includes: ...

Battle Royale Sets Up For Commodities 2018-05-11

Metals and Metal Miners surge Oil Pops, oil stocks have a gusher week Copper, Lithium, Rare Earth Metals, Steel all surge Currencies struggle for trend direction Marijuana stocks surge It was a wild and woolly week in Commodityville!  Oil rocketed above $70 and the oil stocks price acti ...

Spinoffs, Takeovers and Special Situations Hotline – Friday, May 11, 2018

USG CORPORATION, $41.75, symbol USG on New York, manufactures gypsum wallboard (drywall), wallboard finishing materials, tile backers and underlayment, and ceiling tiles. Germany’s Knauf Group holds a 10.5% stake in USG and is its second-largest shareholder behind Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (symbols ...

Google Ushers In A Whole New Era In Big Tech’s Battle For Voice, AI, And The Future Of Computing

Since first releasing Google Assistant in 2016, Google has been in a race with other big tech players, including Amazon and Apple, to build a superior virtual assistant. The company entered the digital assistant space years after its peers — notably Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — and has si ...

Killing Strategy: The Disruption Of Management Consulting

Before Bruce Doolin Henderson opened the doors of Boston Consulting Group on July 1, 1963, the concept of “competition” barely existed in American business culture, let alone the concept of strategy. There were great, successful companies. Those companies made plans. They were not, however, ...

Disney Is Restructuring To Look More Like Netflix

Disney shows how much the direct-to-consumer model is disrupting traditional content delivery. Disney made 8 of the 12 top-grossing movies in the last 10 years but consumer spending on content released digitally beat movie ticket sales by more than $7B in 2017. Netflix and Amazon, which levera ...

Indian agriculture at a crossroads: Smart solutions towards doubling farmers’ incomes

A few weeks ago, I felt a sense of déjà vu.  I was at a roundtable on agriculture in Delhi, in the same conference hall where, ten years ago, I participated in the consultations on the Bank’s World Development Report 2008 on Agriculture for Development.    This time we were discussing how Ind ...