90% of rides controlled by Softbank

May 18, 2018 1 comment

There’s a nice article in the Economist about Softbank’s over sized fund & ambition in the tech space. The part that caught my eye was the following quote

90% of rides hailed in the world—45m a day—use one of the firms in which SoftBank has stakes

Wow. That’s thinking big.

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Unscaling

May 14, 2018 2 comments

 

unscaledIt has been “common” knowledge that in order to drive more business, make it harder for competitors to compete, for companies to drive down prices etc. they have to scale. A new, pretty well written book argues that those days may be over. It makes a pretty compelling argument that with all the “for rent” infrastructure out there (computation, manufacturing, potential consumers etc.) plus the advances in AI companies no longer need to build scale, but can rather rent it.

It’s not a academic book. The author is a VC and has personally invested in companies that illustrate this. Some examples / tidbits

  • Voodoo Manufacturing wants to be the AWS of cloud manufacturing. It has a factory full of 3D printing machines available for “rent”
  • Forward thinking utilities will evolve to become platforms essentially operating an energy version of the internet
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) that allows one to pay for all types of journeys in one go (e.g. Whim)

And so on. Worth a quick read.

 

 

 

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Blockchain galore

April 30, 2018 Leave a comment

MIT tech magazine has a whole issue dedicated to Blockchain (and crypto currencies). Worth a look both for the beginner (e.g. a glossary , the differences between the most prominent crypto currencies (see below)) and more advanced musings (e.g. why Bitcoin as a currency would be a disaster).

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High stress consulting = Early death?

April 13, 2018 1 comment

Nice little chart from 1843 on how much the residents of each country sleep on average vs. their GDP.

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The part that caught my eye was on that may resonate with overworked consultants.

Two weeks of six-hour nights slows your brain as much as pulling two consecutive all-nighters; doing so consistently increases your chance of an early death by 13%.

Hmm.

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Big four’s consulting revenues on a tear

April 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Big 4 on fireThe WSJ reports that the Big Four make more money from their consulting businesses than they do from their traditional audit business and those consulting revenues are growing at a much faster rate than the flattish growth in audit.

Worth a quick skim.

 

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Funny: Hackers

April 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Another classic from the New Yorker.

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Consulting firm rankings

Interesting little report from IDC (“IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business Consulting Services 2018 Vendor Assessment”) on consulting firm rankings for 2018. The takeaway for me was how closely clustered all these firms are. Also, I’m not sure which buyers actually look at these rankings for consulting.

Consulting firm rankings

 

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