Funny: Deadly work

February 8, 2018 Leave a comment

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Who says office work can’t be dangerous? Another classic from the New Yorker.

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Glassdoor “face-lift” costs six figures?

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

officeInteresting article in the New Yorker a few weeks ago on the rise of Glassdoor and the changes that it has brought to the way companies manage their brand. Glassdoor, a company founded ~10 years ago, is the second most popular jobs website (after and is now worth $1B. Apparently ~80% of job seekers in the US read its reviews. The part that caught my eye was the fact that while a “basic” profile page for a company at the site is free, to have a claimed page (“the face-lift”), one must pay Glassdoor a minimum of $6K a year to something well into the six figures. Sounds like a shakedown to me.

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Funny: Flight delay benefits

February 2, 2018 Leave a comment

A nice one from the New Yorker to think about when your flight is delayed.

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How the 0.0001% fly

January 31, 2018 Leave a comment

Really well written and informative article┬áin the NYT magazine how the ~7000 who lord over the rest of us 7 billion fly. (Hint: It’s not on United.)28mag-28jets-t_CA3-superJumboApparently there are about 22,000 private jets, but only about a third of these (~7000) are the truly elite planes. The main choices of these jets are between the Gulfstream, the Bombardier and then the ‘Bizliners’ (essentially commercial planes from Boeing or Airbus fitted as private jets). Apparently the Gulfstream G650 starting at a mere ~$70M is thought to be the most tasteful choice. The commission fees for buying one of these taps out at about a $1M.

But not everyone can afford these. One needs to show a net worth of at least 5 times greater than the price of the plane. The mere ultrahigh-net-worth-individuals (~230,000 in the world that have a net worth excluding their home of at least $30M) will only be able to afford something in the range of $4M.

Something to ponder on as you squeeze into seat 22B.

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Funny: Business development for consultants?

January 29, 2018 Leave a comment

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May resonate with consultants doing business development. (From the New Yorker, of course)

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Fake followers cost a penny each

January 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Great article in the NYT today about the rise of companies selling followers to people on Twitter. Apparently the going rate is about a penny per follower. That’s a deal when compared to what an ‘influencer’ may make with a single promotional tweet – $2000 if you have 100,000 followers and $20k if you have a million.

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Indian middle class ~7x smaller than projected

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

middle classs missingThe much vaunted Indian middle class (expected to be about 300-400M) is actually about 50M according to a well written article in the Economist. Some other tidbits:

  • Only 3% of Indians have actually flown abroad
  • There’s only about 50M online shoppers active in India

This is not to say that India doesn’t have its share of plutocrats: There are about 200,000 millionaires and about 100 billionaires. Definitely worth a read if you are helping shape plans around this anticipated middle class.

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