McAfee, Vaitheeswaran, and Cowen ask whether the US is innovative. Andrew McAfee, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Tyler Cowen are in conversation."
Dr. Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications including the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. The Economist magazine recently named him one of the most influential economists over the last decade, and in 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him “America’s hottest economist.” Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its 100 Global Thinkers. The Wall Street Journal called Cowen’s Marginal Revolution the best economics blog in the world.
Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center of Digital Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects business. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, McAfee’s work also investigates how computerization affects competition itself—the struggle among rivals for dominance and survival within an industry. He coined the phrase enterprise 2.0 and in 2009 published a book on the topic, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools or Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scholarly articles and case studies. McAfee has been named by the Ziff Davis technical publishing house as one of the 100 Most Influential People in IT.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is The New York Times’s chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist. Mr. Sorkin is also the editor of DealBook (nytimes.com/dealbook), an online daily financial report he started in 2001. In addition, Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage.
Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves is Sorkin’s first book.
Sorkin, who has appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and on “Charlie Rose” on PBS, is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He won a Gerald Loeb Award, one of the highest honors in business journalism, in 2004 for breaking news. He also won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2008 and 2009, Vanity Fair named him to its “Next Establishment” list. He was also named to the Directorship 100, a list of the most influential people on the nation’s board of directors. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.