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WeWork Lessons : Excess & Market Behavior under extreme hope and fuzziness

The documentary : “WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” is entertaining (if you don’t get angry easily), and contains an amazing exploration of the behavior of markets, consumers, and leaders. There are many hilarious moments too!

This documentary illustrates the dangers of excess, “hopium”, and building great castles on foundations of ‘fluff’. The top WeWork lessons explored in this article include excess, fuzziness, consumer (and investor) behavior, and spectacles.

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Shein! Fast Fashion, Technology, and Innovation Lessons

Shein is now a very valuable fashion company! It has recorded 7 years of 100%+ sales growth, and is now large-enough to be compared to Zara & H&M (with much faster growth). It might not survive (this will depend on their brand evolution), but it is an interesting story.

Shein is a phenomenal growth story. Its (ultra-fast) growth reiterates important lessons on innovation. It also stresses the evolution of new business models and processes.

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August bits

Readings, comments, links, and Quotes from the month of August.

Topics include thinking, brands, consumer behavior, and Innovation.

Four Questions we might never answer:

  1. Do we see the same Red?
  2. What happened before the Big Bang?
  3. How is consciousness created?
  4. What is inside black holes?
    https://t.co/fZIWIXOq9u

Very insightful : many people (men more likely) would rather endure pain than be alone with their own thoughts .. !
(Caveat: Curiosity ?)
https://t.co/SmPsHvZKdO

NFTs can have great implications for marketing, engagement, and content creation. Brands are taking notice.
https://t.co/QJ2AML4YlD

The science of relaxing music: Weightless (Marconi Union) is still the undisputed leader, but these music tracks have been ranked according to their ability to reduce anxiety & stress.
https://t.co/S8iMcjSYrR

‘Self-evident: Evident to one’s self and to nobody else.’

  • Ambrose Bierce

Caution: Sometimes ‘working’ your hobbies makes them less enjoyable ..! https://t.co/vrSErMy7aZ

I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

Nothing disturbs me more than the glorification of stupidity

  • Carl Sagan

It doesn’t matter how many people hate your #brand as long as enough people love it,
https://t.co/4HamGJ2mTa”

Facebook recently unveiled its plans to pay influencers $1 billion to utilize its products, in a program that’s set to run until the end of 2022.
https://t.co/sqiEdzvVc0

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum.
A design masterpiece partially inspired by the three-body problem.. (the book by Cixin Liu with the same title is amazing too).
https://t.co/UB6sGqoYrq

Reading minds might be a little harder than previously thought ..
https://t.co/bWINUjK9L6

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

  • Mark Twain

The priming effect in #psychology (it is effectively used in advertising, among other fields).
Your responses to certain things are affected by certain exposures without intention..
https://t.co/Gb83OGwtkg

An interesting experiment:
To encourage the youth to consume culture, France is giving teenagers ~Euro 300 to spend on cultural products, with a few restrictions.
Some results are in: 75% of purchases so far are books, two thirds of those are manga.
https://t.co/5dqULP75ib