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Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State

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Combining insights from a lifetime's career in venture capitalism and a sophisticated understanding of the most up-to-date scholarship, William H. Janeway provides an accessible pathway for readers to appreciate the dynamics of the interaction between the state, financiers and entrepreneurs in the innovation economy.
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by Cambridge University Press
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Jökull Auðunsson
The title is unfortunate as it will be off-putting to exactly the crowd that will love this book. This is a pragmatic approach to reconfiguring capitalism, economics and innovation for it to be more fruitful for society as a whole. If you want to get a good intro check this podcast interview with Bill: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/...
Andrew
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Janeway's book marries a formal academic perspective in Economics with that of a successful private equity practitioner's. Drawing from a rich body of autobiographical, historical, and theoretical literature and experience, Janeway offers a compelling case for the role of the state in catalyzing innovation. He proposes the "Three Player Game" comprising of the market economy, financial capitalism, and the state, outlining the roles each have played in modern history. He argues that innovation ...more
Matt
Feb 02, 2013 added it
I really enjoyed this, and though I'm not qualified to evaluate how faithfully Janeway uses his sources or if he makes them say things they didn't, I found his argument compelling.

The book takes on what Janeway calls the "three-player game" that prevails in the innovation economy: the government, the markets, and what Jameway calls the financial industry, which to me is indistinguishable from venture capital but which in technical circles is probably only partly that.

Among the interesting ideas
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Roman
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wholistic view on how innovation is funded by both private organizations and the state is presented by a practician and a theorist.
It has quite a few cases told by an insider and a review of the theoretical representations.
A three-player game of innovation is discussed: the enterprise, the state and the capital.
Bubbles are viewed as a natural phenomena and as a driver for disruptive technologies.
Policy for the private organization is offered to venture into the space with radical uncertainty:
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Carsten
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of the better economic books i have read in a very long time. paints a great picture how the difference forces (market, finance, state) can work together (or not) and how bubbles can be positive drivers of innovation. what sets this book apart from many other economics books is that Janeway differentiates between different market players and looks at what motives them, what the good sides and bad sides are of those players, and how if they work together they have a huge impact on economic ...more
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