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Hodder are offering up a free copy of Business Adventures by John Brookes to the best answer to the question:

Which company do you admire most and why?

Deadline for entries is the 3rd June at 5:30pm and a winner will be announced the following day!

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Some blurb about the book:

These true stories about what happens on Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance.
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Microsoft. Started by two childhood friends with a passion, and has risen to be not only the dominant technology company, but also one of the world's most valuable companies in any field. In terms of technology, you name it, and they did it. Computers, software, phones, consoles, games, and they have almost always been at the forefront of technological advancements, as seen with Bill Gates' 'internet tidal wave' memo. Not only have they created some of the most iconic brands of hardware, software and games, but they have done so with the consumer in mind, offering cheap products relative to their rivals, and offering plenty of choice. Not only this, but Bill Gates is one of the greatest philanthropists of our time, having given billions to charitable efforts, and having set up the Gates Foundation and the Giving Pledge. Not only has Microsoft affected my inner nerd, but it has helped change the outer world.
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The publishers Faber and Faber. They are an independent publishing company started in 1929, and have some of the greatest authors. Wes Anderson, Simon Armitage, Siegfried Sassoon, TS Eliot and the wonderful WH Auden... Never ending inspiration.
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Space X.

Owned by one of the few men worthy of admiration of this earth (Elon Musk) it is a world leader in private space flight currently delivering NASA contracts to the ISS with goals to move into space tourism and get to Mars. It is currently attempting to get a reusable space rocket to slash costs which unless Skylon delivers will put it comfortably ahead of the competition.

If you want to know which firms will be worth trillions by the time you die, i'd be looking to the stars for potential candidates. Not least if some companies can crack space mining.
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I admire no business. Capitalism is what is wrong with the world. Most multinational companies are tainted by corruption at every level. Most multinational companies exploit the poor to get richer. Almost all businesses show a complete disregard for the environment as they destroy the world in pursuit of more money.
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Blackrock.

Because I am going to work for them. Plain and simple.
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Jagex for creating the greatest game ever known to mankind - Runescape.

Nuff Said.
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Square Enix
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The publishers Faber and Faber. They are an independent publishing company started in 1929, and have some of the greatest authors. Wes Anderson, Simon Armitage, Siegfried Sassoon, TS Eliot and the wonderful WH Auden... Never ending inspiration.
Good call but I'm the more a fan of Hodder and Stoughton. From Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland to My Booky Wook and Alex Ferguson: Managing My Way. They are great guys.
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Jagex for creating the greatest game ever known to mankind - Runescape.

Nuff Said.
They also managed to kill their own game by removing free trade and the Wildy!

2007, never forget.
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(Original post by Arkasia)
Microsoft. Started by two childhood friends with a passion, and has risen to be not only the dominant technology company, but also one of the world's most valuable companies in any field. In terms of technology, you name it, and they did it. Computers, software, phones, consoles, games, and they have almost always been at the forefront of technological advancements, as seen with Bill Gates' 'internet tidal wave' memo. Not only have they created some of the most iconic brands of hardware, software and games, but they have done so with the consumer in mind, offering cheap products relative to their rivals, and offering plenty of choice. Not only this, but Bill Gates is one of the greatest philanthropists of our time, having given billions to charitable efforts, and having set up the Gates Foundation and the Giving Pledge. Not only has Microsoft affected my inner nerd, but it has helped change the outer world.
Is that the same Bill Gates who blatantly stole ideas from his friend (or was it pretend friend?) Steve Jobs, ripped off IBM after consulting with his wealthy lawyer dad to ask the best ways to manipulate big companies on intellectual property and later on continued to hawk a fundamentally broken windows system for several decades, despite it being riddled with well known security flaws and being chronically slow and badly designed? And who repeatedly abused the monopoly position of his operating system, seeking to wipe out competitor companies or strangle them at birth? Who's response to the internet was not only that he saw at once the huge potential but then set out to try to ensure that Microsoft strangled it in a completely authoritarian and monopolistic fashion? And when he was thwarted, spent years in the courts trying to intimidate upstart companies like Netscape, destroying them in the process even though in the long run it didn't work? And then using his vast and ill-gotten wealth derived from monopoly profits to run another authoritarian programme where a hugely rich and socially disconnected American couple get to decide how Africa should be run with absolutely no democratic input or (until people kicked up a huge stink) consultancy?

Yes, it's the same Bill Gates. :rolleyes:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation
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The Walt Disney Company.

Walt Disney was a visionary with a passion for entertaining and a whole host of good ideas. When people doubted that he would ever achieve dizzying success, he proved them wrong, time and time again. The Walt Disney Company is not one of the greatest transnational corporations in the world for nothing.
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Oh, I would also say Creative Assembly, for creating the greatest game franchise in history, Total War, which I have been playing since I was 10 years old.
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(Original post by Queen Cersei)
Hodder are offering up a free copy of Business Adventures by John Brookes to the best answer to the question:

Which company do you admire most and why?

Deadline for entries is the 3rd June at 5:30pm and a winner will be announced the following day!

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Some blurb about the book:

These true stories about what happens on Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance.
John Lewis Group. Some people don't realise that this is an employee-owned business yet it leads the retailing field, is profitable year after year and offers frequently unbeatable levels of service and quality, not only in the big department stores, but in the Waitrose supermarket chain it also owns, which leads the high street in many ways. John Lewis is well run internally, with highly motivated employees who constantly show a good face to the public and exude a feeling of caring about what they do and what they have to offer. The feeling they give off, that the company works for them, reaches customers and makes them feel warm and positive in turn. It's difficult to think of another UK company that is held in such generally high regard amongst its customers.
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I admire no business. Capitalism is what is wrong with the world. Most multinational companies are tainted by corruption at every level. Most multinational companies exploit the poor to get richer. Almost all businesses show a complete disregard for the environment as they destroy the world in pursuit of more money.
LOL
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Is that the same Bill Gates who blatantly stole ideas from his friend (or was it pretend friend?) Steve Jobs, ripped off IBM after consulting with his wealthy lawyer dad to ask the best ways to manipulate big companies on intellectual property and later on continued to hawk a fundamentally broken windows system for several decades, despite it being riddled with well known security flaws and being chronically slow and badly designed? And who repeatedly abused the monopoly position of his operating system, seeking to wipe out competitor companies or strangle them at birth? Who's response to the internet was not only that he saw at once the huge potential but then set out to try to ensure that Microsoft strangled it in a completely authoritarian and monopolistic fashion? And when he was thwarted, spent years in the courts trying to intimidate upstart companies like Netscape, destroying them in the process even though in the long run it didn't work? And then using his vast and ill-gotten wealth derived from monopoly profits to run another authoritarian programme where a hugely rich and socially disconnected American couple get to decide how Africa should be run with absolutely no democratic input or (until people kicked up a huge stink) consultancy?

Yes, it's the same Bill Gates. :rolleyes:
You can't seriously be complaining that a man who's doing more for Africa than most governments is not democratic enough.. it's his bloody money.
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Walt Disney was also an antisemite
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And the winner of the competition is...

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I call foul.. Microsoft has clearly channeled funds to you via FIFA..

Congratulations though, it's a good company and Bill Gates is the only person who can beat Warren Buffet for the amount of money he will give to charity when he conks it.
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