, October 05, 2022

The Emperor has no clothes, but which Emperor?


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The Emperor has no clothes, but which Emperor?

The trouble right now is superb ideas are rubbing shoulders with non-sensical ideas. It is like that Pink Floyd song — "so you think you can tell, Heaven from Hell". So you think you can tell, hot bubbles from cold steel reality!

Bubble watchers see madness everywhere, but it isn't, not everywhere, just in some places.

There's Tesla and Apple, and cryptocurrencies and virtual real estate in the Metaverse made possible by NFTs. Which, if any, of these assets are like the Emperor with no clothes?

The Techopian view boils down to the problems they solve. Good companies solve problems that matter — so what problems does the iPhone solve? What problem does Tesla solve? What problem do cryptocurrencies solve, and what problem do NFTs relating to virtual real estate in the Metaverse solve? This is one view on this story. If you disagree, use social media to tell us why you think this view is wrong.

Tesla vs Metaverse: the regal monarch versus naked emperor
Bubble watchers see madness everywhere, but it isn’t — Tesla isn’t a bubble stock but Metaverse real estate might be.

Joe Rogen and Jordan Peterson feel the backlash; as science clashes with populism

To be honest, I wouldn't want to be thrown into a debate with Jordan Peterson. He is a superb debater and would run rings around me…except that is when it comes to climate change. Get Jordan Peterson on the topic of climate change, and all his shortcomings are exposed for all to see.

Singer Neil Young and now climate change advocates lay into Joe Rogen, following an anti-vaccine interview and then there is that Joe Rogan interview with Jordan Peterson.

So that's a count of two: anti-vax and climate change.

Science versus populism: Rogen and Peterson feel backlash
Neil Young and now climate change advocates lay into Joe Rogen, following an anti-vaccine interview and then an interview with Jordan Peterson

ESG in the dock!


What's the purpose of Hellman's mayonnaise?

Terry Smith, who manages the Fundsmith platform, which has seen extraordinary returns, is just about the only investor in the UK who sometimes has the prefix 'legendary' attached to his name.

Recently he said: "A company which feels it has to define the purpose of Hellmann's mayonnaise has in our view clearly lost the plot."

Is he right?

Is creating purpose for brands really good business?
Unilever likes to talk about brands with purpose, but the UK’s slams the very idea. It’s all a part of the ESG backlash, but is purpose really so purposeful?

ESG in the dock!

To be honest, I wouldn't want to be thrown into a debate with Jordan Peterson. He is a superb debater and would run rings around me…except that is when it comes to climate change. Get Jordan Peterson on the topic of climate change, and all his shortcomings are exposed for all to see.

Singer Neil Young and now climate change advocates lay into Joe Rogen, following an anti-vaccine interview and then that Joe Rogan interview with Jordan Peterson.

So that's a count of two: anti-vax and climate change.

Science versus populism: Rogen and Peterson feel backlash
Neil Young and now climate change advocates lay into Joe Rogen, following an anti-vaccine interview and then an interview with Jordan Peterson

Tesla productivity miracle belies market sell-off


Tesla is witnessing something tantamount to a productivity miracle as its Californian Giga factory becomes the most productive car factory in the US; this achievement belies stock market falls.

Tesla productivity miracle belies market sell-off
Tesla is witnessing something tantamount to a productivity miracle as its Californian giga factory becomes the most productive car factory in the US; this achievement belies recent stock market falls.

And finally…

Four day week: is it practical?


The UK is to trial a four-day week. But is it practical? How can companies afford it? Would a four-day week mean lower wages?

We spoke to experts, and what they all seem to agree on is that a four-day week would lead to an increase in productivity; ergo, it is practical.

Remember the Jetsons: the cartoon series set in the 2060s. This is their take on the working week:

"Yesterday, I worked two full hours!" said George Jetson, who was moaning about his boss, Mr Spacely.

"Well, what does Spacely think he's running? A sweatshop?" replied George's wife, Jane.

What we can say is that the working week became an awful lot longer with the industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. It began to fall in the 20th — at least in the West; but of late has been increasing again.

We spoke to Damien Stork, mental health thought leader and founder of CHX Performance, Charlotte Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer at 4 Day Week Global and Andrew Barnes, 4 Day Week Global Architect.

This is what they think.

Four day week: is it practical?
The UK is to trial a four-day week. But is it practical? How can companies afford it? Would a four-day week mean lower wages?

Until next time…

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