Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive of the X Prize Foundation: “Most CEOs today are focused on quarterly returns . . . They are unaware of [what is coming down the track] which will be massively disruptive”. Photograph: Nadine Rupp/Getty Images

Dr Peter Diamandis is a man who sees the future in the present. His mission he says is “to open the space frontier for humanity” and he believes it is(...)

Assembling a gas turbine at Siemens in Berlin: the company is trying to reposition itself to take advantage of growth in the energy sector. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

The head of the German electronics and engineering giant Siemens said last week that the company would not be strong-armed into acquiring the power un(...)

Siemens considers Alstom’s energy assets to have an enterprise value of €10 billion to €11 billion.  Photograph:  Etienne Laurent/EPA

The French government has postponed a meeting with General Electric to discuss the US manufacturer’s bid for French rival Alstom’s energy busin(...)

Google offices in Barrow Street, Dublin. Despite having substantial operations in the UK and elsewhere, Google’s taxable presence is deemed to be in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Governments across the world are annoyed by the sight of multinationals doing business within their economies yet paying little or no tax there(...)

Globoforce chief executive  Eric Mosley

Irish software business Globoforce has pulled its planned IPO, citing unfavourable market conditions. The company, which specialises in e(...)