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How to Be ExxonMobil

Foreign Policy interviews Steve Coll about his new book Private Empire, which is about ExxonMobil's ongoing dominance. Coll explains the company's competitive strategy, which it relies on when competing against other companies for African contracts as well as with state-owned oil companies in the Middle East: I also think that the way they win these deals in a place like Chad or Papua New Guinea or Angola is, in effect, they go to the host country and say: "Look, we recognize that you can deal with the Chinese, and you'll get soft loans and guns and things that you think are more valuable than what we can offer you, but what you'll also get is really lousy project management.
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A Conversation With Yukari Kane, Author of ‘Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs’

Technology : Bits (last month)

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Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

Technology : TechCrunch (17 hours ago)

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The Country's Biggest Company

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (2 years ago)

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