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APC CEO Dr Mark Barrett. Photograph: Andres Poveda

More than a decade after the creation of the company he co-founded, Dr Mark Barrett can still recount the deal that made it all possible. “We were in(...)

Van Doren agreed to sell hard-up skaters one shoe at a time because their back feet always wore out quicker. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High where Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn) opens a box of slip-on checkerboard Vans sneakers in his bedr(...)

Dave Hannigan with his sons Charlile and Finn.

Some months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks I was driving three Muslim lads through the outskirts of New York City when my battered Honda Accord shud(...)

Owners Karl Swaine,Diarmuid Mc Sweeney and Niall Horgan in the Gym + Coffee   shop in the Dundrum Shopping Centre. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

Gym+Coffee exercised a novel approach when launching its athleisure clothing range to the world, proving timing is everything. Now with three permanen(...)

BP CEO Bernard Looney is a newcomer to Instagram and a rarity. Only 11% of oil and gas company chief executives are active on social media. Photograph: AFP

Last week David Solomon, the boss of Goldman Sachs, was enjoying a spot of sunshine at a tech conference in San Francisco. Bernard Looney, BP’s new ch(...)

Cathal Bourke of Bourke Sports: ‘When I’m travelling around and I see people who are wearing the Bourke Sports brand, that’s what I get a kick out of.’

Synonymous with hurley making, Bourke Sports, in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, has made quite the name for itself by incorporating a sports wear and equ(...)

Customers at the new Amazon bookstore - the online retail behemoth’s seventh bricks-and-mortar store - at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in Manhattan

Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, has often struck a defiant tone when asked about the company’s dominance of the book industry. “Amazon is n(...)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement. He left many in the room in tears. Photograph:  David Zalubowski/AP Photo

In the four weeks that elapsed between Peyton Manning winning the Super Bowl and announcing his retirement from the NFL last Monday, an inordinate amo(...)

Nike trainers:  shining performance also saw  gross profit margin rise last quarter. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Nike shares rose the most in a year after the world’s largest maker of athletic gear beat first-quarter earnings estimates, helped by higher prices an(...)

Constraint gets a bad name. Negative associations with restrictions and boundaries come to mind easily. The central idea of this book, however, is tha(...)

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