Jack Dorsey, the new chief of Twitter. Photograph: Bryan Thomas/The New York Times

At 7:45am on October 15th, 2008, Jack Dorsey was called to a meeting at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. He arrived wearing a black beanie hat and a (...)

Millennial compass point:   Lady Gaga. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Hear the word “millennial”, and plenty of images spring to mind. There’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, in his hoodie, earning his first billion by the a(...)

Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

Mulch founder John McGuinness: “Sometimes you just have to step back and trust in people’s abilities.” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

John McGuinness was working in landscaping when he realised there were no good facilities to get rid of garden waste and similarly no place to get goo(...)

The Apple iPhone: introduced with a single screen with no physical keyboard.   Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

‘Smartphones are really complicated. Just for the basic stuff people have a hard time figuring out how to use them.” As Apple chief executive, Steve J(...)

The word ‘entrepreneur’ grew during the 1990s especially in the tech sector

Have we reached peak entrepreneur? Not entrepreneur in the sense of hugely successful people with business acumen and creativity and – oh, alright, I’(...)

A prototype of a driverless car  in a photograph provided by Google. Yet much of the research to get us to the cusp of driverless cars has been carried out over the past 20 years with state support, in particularby  the US government-funded Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency

From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs and through to Elon Musk, society likes to attribute the big tech breakthroughs to a single individual. The latest s(...)

Gavin Duffy of ‘Dragons’ Den’ said he is  “always surprised by the level of understanding of business primary school children in particular can display”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week Ibec called for teachers to be trained in “entrepreneurial thinking” with a view to introducing courses at primary and secondary schools in (...)

The announcement late on Monday that Google was going to restructure under a new umbrella company called Alphabet was the biggest shock in the technol(...)

Nokia is preparing a return to the smartphone market – and if it manages to pull it off  successfully, it will be a comeback of epic proportions. Photograph: Ugri Touko Tapani Hujanen/The New York Times

Just when you thought Nokia was out of the mobile game, it seems poised to make a return. After selling its mobile phone unit to Microsoft in 2013, th(...)