Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun speaks at a launch ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in Beijing on 22 July, 2014

Xiaomi, Porsche, Asos: 10 companies with names you never knew how to pronounce

When it comes to these businesses, you will no longer be tongue-tied

The Week Ahead: Wait for supermarkets' reports on Christmas trading

The City expects supermarkets won’t have had turkey with all the trimmings for Christmas this year.

Miranda Pode says boards could do more to promote diversity but that women also need to break free of their own

Will 25/25 vision be enough to make the FTSE a woman's world?

Britain's most influential headhunter says it won't take quotas, just persuasion, for a quarter of the UK's top firms to employ female chiefs

Mulberry can recover from a disappointing year

Playing the markets: Our 2015 ten to follow for share success

After beating the markets in a tough 2014, James Moore rounds up tips from 'Independent' staff for a prosperous New Year and beyond

Google glasses wearers (glassholes)

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Flash boys in the City's dark pools love to Babble in the latest buzzwords. Richard Northedge necknominates the highs and lows of last year's jargon

Singers from office choirs open a day’s trading on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year

Predictions: The FTSE 100 faded in 2014 - but what will it do in 2015?

Pundits’ expectations of a record high for the FTSE 100 in 2014 faded in the autumn gloom. Jamie Dunkley, Russell Lynch and Oscar Williams-Grut canvas opinion on the year ahead

Alibaba founder Jack Ma – now the richest person in China – waits for his company’s stock to go live on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in September

US business review of 2014: Thriving markets receive biggest boost from China

Google continued to morph into a  hard-nosed corporate master

In 2014, Tesco lost half its value

Business review of 2014: Tescopoly no more - Britain’s year of corporate turmoil

Seven years on from the onset of the credit crunch hopes were high for the economy in 2014

Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office

Revealed: How to get ahead at Goldman Sachs

Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m

Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October

Rocket Internet: Attack of the online clones

The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here

The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone

Uber beefs up lobbying efforts in Europe to replicate US success

Car-booking service Uber is facing down the cabbies’ protests it has attracted worldwide by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes

Small Talk: The high failure rate for start-ups can be reduced by better support

Data from Companies House suggests 2014 will prove to have been a record year for start-ups: by the end of October, just short of 500,000 new businesses had been incorporated since the beginning of the year, 63,000 more than at the same time last year, itself a record year for launches.

Mark Carney inside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, London

Mark Carney interview: ‘We need to keep to tradition. At the same time we need to modernise’

The James Ashton Interview: The charismatic Canadian is now 18 months into his stint as Governor of the Bank of England. So how does he think he’s doing?

Gucci’s spring/summer 2015 collection was launched in Milan in September

The new Gucci: not for everyone

The power couple who ran Gucci have gone, and in comes an insider charged with making the designer label even more exclusive

The Ferrari factory in Maranello churns out cars whose high-end credentials could be diluted by the diversification championed by chairman Sergio Marchionne

Has Ferrari got lost driving to market?

As the Italian marque prepares to float, it is also ‘fleeing to London’ and putting its famous badge on products such as netbooks. Sean O’Grady asks if it risks losing its cachet

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Customers flocked to buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus when it was launched in Hong Kong last September, despite criticism of the products
Tim Cook has been awarded a 40 per cent pay rise. Angela Ahrendts enjoys a $73m package. But are Cupertino’s top team really worth such stellar sums, asks James Moore
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Barclays’ New York office is being pursued by state prosecutors who say it failed to police its dark pools
Barclays is accused by New York regulators of fishing in some unethical waters. But this time the bank is holding its course, writes James Moore
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