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Interesting numbers in media, recruiting, innovation…

I’m a sucker for interesting numbers. In my readings, client engagements etc. I often come across ones that may help other consultants with their analysis, estimates etc. Here are some for this week:

  • Showtime, Starz, Netfix and HBO have 18m, 20m, 25m and 28m subscribers in the US. Netflix has been growing the fastest
  • 35% of HBO subscribers come from the poorest 40% of the US population. Amazing. [Media]
  • There are about 105m multi-channel TV households in the US. [Media]
  • Size of recruiting industry $400B [Recruiting]
  • Business people are 35% more likely to come up new ideas if they’ve lived in a foreign country. [Innovation]
  • ~50,000 people applied for asylum in the US last year. 32% were Chinese. [Immigration]

Will try to make this update a weekly thing.


  1. http://www.economist.com/node/21526314 (HBO and the future of pay TV)
  2. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903480904576512250915629460.html (Why Software is Eating the World)
  3. http://amzn.to/pEKMBs (The Innovator’s DNA by Christensen, Dyer & Gregersen)
  4. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/01/110801fa_fact_mehta [Asylum Seeker]
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