Edwin Smith

Edwin Smith

Writer and editor, he has contributed to The GuardianThe IndependentThe Independent on SundayThe Sunday TelegraphLondon Evening StandardCity AM, Esquire and Private Eye. He tweets @EdwinSmith.  

Articles from Edwin
OVERVIEW

The rapid rise of robots replacing workers

History may teach us not to stand in the way of technological advances revolutionising the future of work, but the lesson to be learnt is progress should benefit the workforce

INTERVIEW

An interview with the man in charge of the purse strings

Computer technology giant Dell’s chief financial officer Tom Sweet tells how he sees his role as a “co-pilot” to the company’s boss Michael Dell

INTERVIEW

An interview with an ethical hacker

Jamie Woodruff is an ethical hacker who helps companies keep out cyber criminals trying to break into computers to steal their money and secrets

Q&A

Lord Browne: The importance of being yourself in life and work

John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, best known as the former chief executive of BP, saw his career with the energy giant end in 2007 when he was outed by a tabloid newspaper as gay – his third book, The Glass Closet, carries the subtitle 'Why Coming Out Is Good Business'

TRAINING

Virtual reality boosts students’ results

Virtual and augmented reality can enable teaching and training in situations which would otherwise be too hazardous, costly or even impossible in the real world

INTERVIEW

'Our machines won't destroy the world' says Naveen Rao

For anyone trying to understand the past, present and future of artificial intelligence or AI, taking a look at Naveen Rao’s career would be a good place to start

INTERVIEW

Serving up a fresh new delivery of ideas

Supply chain supremo Roger Hassan opens the lid on HelloFresh and the success of the food box company that delivers fine dining to customers’ doors

INTERVIEW

The team effort behind Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Star project manager Paul Mitchell at engineering consultants Arcadis tells how he netted success building Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

TOP TIPS

Meet the top 20 hottest payment companies

Payments companies are proliferating, but some stand out from the crowd. Here are 20 of the best, from Google Wallet and Apple Pay, to Snapchat

STRATEGIC NARRATIVE

Effective leaders inspire with stories

Leaders who can tell the story of an enterprise and communicate how employees working together make a difference will succeed in engaging their staff

INTERVIEW

Business case for private jets

The idea of travelling by private jet can ring up dollar signs, but there are savings to made, especially in the use of a busy executive’s time

VIDEO

The rise of YouTube and video marketing

Video marketing, pioneered online by YouTube and coupled with the spread of smartphones, has put brands and their products in the palm of the consumer’s hand

INTERVIEW

Investment tips from Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch, one of Britain’s most successful software entrepreneurs, tells Raconteur what to look for when investing in technology companies

ATTRACTION

The war for talent

Attracting, developing and retaining the most talented staff members is a major business investment

BEST OF BRITISH

Best of British Manufacturing

It might be a long time since anyone described the UK as “the workshop of the world”, but the country is still the eleventh largest manufacturing nation and the sector accounts for 54 per cent of exports, directly employing 2.6 million people. Raconteur showcases some of the businesses that have shown the innovation, growth and brand value to be recognised as the best of British

ARMED FORCES

Many battles to win the war for fitness

A veteran of the Afghan war tells Edwin Smith of the day he was wounded in action and describes his fight back to health

TECH STARTUPS

25 fintech companies set for stardom

From payments to investment service providers, Raconteur takes a look at 25 of the top fintech companies in the world

MOBILE MARKETING

High-tech future of marketing

Advances in technology have made mobile marketing a powerful tool which simply cannot be ignored, as Edwin Smith reports

OVERVIEW

Blurring boundaries at work

The nature of work continues to evolve, often driven by technological innovation, and is now an “anywhere, anytime” culture, writes Edwin Smith

BUSINESS CASE

New ways of working are a win-win

Profit is driven by creativity, innovation and productivity, each of which relies on an engaged workforce motivated by their work environment, writes Edwin Smith

OVERVIEW

Getting back into the swing of golf

Golf as enjoyed by the well-heeled is in good shape, but overall public participation has faded. Edwin Smith looks at ways of correcting the dip in popularity

INTERVIEW

Exclusive beauty is golfers' paradise

It boasts Europe’s longest hole, a winery, historic chapel and castle, as well as executive accommodation. Edwin Smith travelled to Castiglion del Bosco near Siena in Tuscany to meet Massimo Ferragamo (pictured) who owns this exclusive new golf course

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Whistleblowing in the corporate world

Stories of whistleblowing can be like espionage thrillers, shining light into dark corners of the corporate world where the stakes are high, writes Edwin Smith

OVERVIEW

Time for business transformation

The way we work and the companies we work for are changing faster than ever – there’s never been a better time to transform

TRANSFORMATION

UK businesses under threat

Right now, there is a unique opportunity to bring the way we live, share, connect and create into the workplace

BUSINESS

The business case for change

Transformation isn’t just about being a forward-thinking company for the sake of appearances – it has a direct impact on the bottom line, and the long-term viability of your business

TECHNOLOGY

Biggest drivers behind digital transformation

Increasingly, at work, people expect the same slick, powerful technology and the same efficient, flexible methods that they’ve become used to as consumers. In short, they expect to work the way they live

CULTURE

Better leaders key to productivity

Cultural changes are forcing companies to think and act differently – and managing them is essential to business success

MARKETING AND SALES

Content marketing merges with sales

Marketing and sales teams are becoming increasingly inter-dependent as the nature of selling changes, writes Edwin Smith

INTERVIEW

Rise of the machines

Edwin Smith takes a glimpse of the future in conversation with technology pioneer and futurologist Peter Diamandis

MOBILE

Shopping on the move

Personal technology continues to change the way we shop, but how can e-retailers improve the experience? Edwin Smith reports

OVERVIEW

UK's position in the digital economy

The digital economy, spawned by the internet and the electronic technology accompanying it, is increasingly important to the UK, writes Edwin Smith

Q&A

Advertising in a digital era

Greg Satell worked in media and advertising across Eastern Europe before returning to the United States as a consultant with a focus on digital, and writing regularly for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. He tells Edwin Smith what digital means for advertising

CONTENT MARKETING

Content marketing is for experts

If content marketing is to succeed, it must be expertly done, writes Edwin Smith

INTERVIEW

Expert tips for beauty online

Beauty industry boss Joel Palix tells Edwin Smith of his company’s online strategy

Q&A

Troubleshooting transformation

Ian Winham, chief financial and chief information officer of £78-billion imaging and electronics company Ricoh, talks to Edwin Smith about problems encountered in finance transformation projects – and how to overcome them

PROFILE

Facing the wrath of Hollywood

Edwin Smith profiles the controversial internet giant behind the alias Dotcom

INTERVIEW

'Most wanted' hacker speaks out

One of the most infamous hackers in cyberspace, turned security adviser, tells Edwin Smith that no technology is completely secure

OVERVIEW

It's win-win for staff and bosses

Failure to engage the effort, enthusiasm and invention of employees is costing the British economy billions, writes Edwin Smith

INTERVIEW

Successful leadership with AKQA

Leadership has an indisputable role to play in engaging staff to give their best, as Edwin Smith discovers in conversation with a top business executive

TRADITIONAL PACKAGING

They don't make them like they used to

Contrary to some perceptions, traditional materials used in packaging have a future, as Edwin Smith discovers

INSIDE VIEW

Flexible approach suits business

Edwin Smith looks inside the agile company to discover how to make the transition to a better way of working

TALENT

Top-ten recruitment tips

Successful business leaders know how to pick winners when recruiting staff. Edwin Smith asks ten of the best for their top tips

Q&A

Monstrous growth is mind candy

Founder of kids’ entertainment company Mind Candy, creators of Moshi Monsters, Michael Acton Smith answers a Raconteur Q&A devised by Edwin Smith

Reports featuring Edwin