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Skepticism prevails on preventing crisis

The 2008 financial crisis convinced most people in the world of central banking that it would be a good idea to try to prevent that kind of thing from happening again.

Parking garage operator takes on high-tech upstart

Instead of catering to a valet startup, a Boston businessman invested in an app company to fend off the threat.

US and 11 nations close to accord on trade pact

The United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations appeared close to agreement Sunday on the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would then face months of debate in Congress — amid both parties’ presidential contests.


Consulates open doors to Hub’s startup expertise

As the innovation economy has taken off, many countries are trying to tap into the Boston area’s biotech prestige.

VW chief warns cheating scandal may threaten company’s existence

Volkswagen AG’s designated chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch warned managers that the diesel-emissions scandal could pose “an existence-threatening crisis for the company,” as it pleaded for public trust with full-page ads in national newspapers.

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A look at the production floor at John Matouk & Co. in Fall River, maker of bed and bath linens.

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For state’s Gateway Cities, a long-awaited rebound

Sky-high unemployment rates are falling as the benefits of a six-year expansion finally reach these struggling communities, known as Gateway Cities.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Insight is failure’s silver lining

Failure is an enormously powerful learning experience for entrepreneurs — yet most are happy to leave it behind them, undiscussed.

Stacey Dyer Messier is the creative strategist behind the digital audio tool Spire.

On the Job

Giving musicians a pocket-sized studio

Stacey Dyer Messier promotes an app that she says can get a recording on her iPhone that sounds almost like it was professionally mixed in a studio.

03unionsquare - Joe Nissebaum of Nissenbaum's Used Auto Parts, Somerville, MA. Nissenbaum's has been owned and operated by the same family since 1910. (Charan Devereaux)

Portraits of Somerville’s Union Square at work

An exhibit opening Sunday features photographs of people and places in Somerville’s changing Union Square.

Five things you should know about Ross Brockman

Just like his hard cider, the cofounder of Downeast Cider House is unfiltered.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.