Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy by William H. Janeway
Markets, Speculation and the State

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The innovation economy begins with discovery and culminates in speculation. Over some 250 years, economic growth has been driven by successive processes of trial and error: upstream exercises in research and invention and downstream experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Drawing on his professional experiences, William H. Janeway provides an accessible pathway for readers to appreciate the dynamics of the innovation economy. He combines personal reflections from a career spanning forty years in venture capital, with the development of an original theory of the role of asset bubbles in financing technological innovation and of the role of the state in playing an enabling role in the innovation process. Today, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to the public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled; learning the lessons from this book will contribute to its renewal.

About William H. Janeway

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William H. Janeway has been an active venture capital investor for forty years. In particular, he built and led the Warburg Pincus Technology Investment team that provided the financial backing to a series of companies which made critical contributions to building the internet economy. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he founded the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance, and is a Teaching Visitor in the Princeton University Economics Department. He is a member of the Board of the Social Science Research Council and of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. In September 2012 he was granted the honorary honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HM the Queen 'for services to education in support of Cambridge University and to UK/US relations'.
Published October 8, 2012 by Cambridge University Press. 345 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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His frame is provided by what he calls “three sets of continuous, reciprocal, interdependent games played between the state, the market economy and financial capitalism.” Janeway asserts that modern market orthodoxies are absolutely wrong, that there is no such thing as a hedge for any investment...

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Consumers measure the economy's strength by the things that affect them most, including job security, prices for staples like food and gas, and home values.

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Janeway lays out what he calls the “Three-Player Game” necessary to fuel innovation: the state, financial capitalism, and the market economy (that is, “institutions that enable the production and exchange of goods and services”).

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His observations and analyses are a great deal more interesting, and highlights include that, firstly, venture investing has really worked only in two fields (IT/computing and biotech), where the US government first spent vast sums on the fundamental science to create a solid platform.

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