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What’s Next

Day and Night – M.C. Escher, 1938
“A masterful demonstration of symmetrical opposites.”
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Commerce Newsletter

Nobody Should Adopt Social Distancing.

Nobody Should Adopt Social Distancing.
Now ‘Physical Distancing’, That’s Different. Definitely Do That.
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Commerce Language Learning Newsletter Value Work

On The Frontline.

The Frontline Might Be Different.
But It Is Still A Frontline.
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Commerce Work

Capitalism is Dead.

… Long Live Capitalism.

Here’s a snippet from a long-form interview of Yvon Chouinard in Fast Company.

Yvon Chouinard

Question : In the past, you consulted with folks at large companies, such as Walmart, and came away not so convinced of their actual ability to pursue sustainability. If we’re looking to create a better version of capitalism, what do you think should be done with publicly traded companies?

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Commerce Technology

Platform Failure

Sadly, this wasn’t what I thought this was going to be about.

A Study of More Than 250 Platforms Reveals Why Most Fail

“Platforms have become one of the most important business models of the 21st century. Five of the six most valuable firms in the world are built around these types of platforms. However, a study of 252 platform companies showed that 209 of them failed. The most common mistakes into four categories:

(1) mispricing on one side of the market,

(2) failure to develop trust with users and partners,

(3) prematurely dismissing the competition, and

(4) entering too late.

Researchers have extensively studied pricing decisions, yet managers still get them wrong. A platform often requires underwriting one side of the market to encourage the other side to participate. But knowing which side should get charged and which side should get subsidized may be the single most important strategic decision for any platform.”

Kyle Westaway

Interesting what each of us takes away when we read articles. The quote above is from Kyle Westaway – and indeed nothing wrong with his takeaway. But there is more – and even the HBR article doesn’t really get down to it.

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Commerce

Advertising Shits in Your Head

Strategies for Resistance. A visual documentary of subvertising, an essay against the ad-man.

Excuse the language – but that is the name of the book. The link takes you to their kick-starter.

Funny. Been thinking of doing a kick starter for my book, but I am too busy writing to spend another chunk of time thinking about what the campaign would look like.

Needless to say I have done my pledge – it is such a People First topic that I couldn’t resist and as an extra message, the campaign deadline is my birthday. The ether was in alignment!

My thanks to John Wunderlich for the heads up.

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Commerce

Exploitation of People By People

Vehicle Costs May Put Some Uber and Lyft Drivers in the Red

”The ride-sharing drivers earn just $3.37 per hour on average, according to an MIT study.

I have said for a long time that the same people who object to treatment of workers in remote countries making phones, garments et al … are generally the self same people who love the convenience of ‘their’ Uber.

Case In Point … disasters.

We seem to worry more about issues that are close to home far more than remote ones … 2 dead in storm floods in the next state over is so much more worrying than 200 dead in Pakistan floods … yet exploitation of those people in Pakistan by the garment industry hits the news cycle regularly … exploitation of our own countrymen in the so called ‘sharing economy’ … that we don’t hear about too much at all.