I Don’t Want Tweets, I Want Flying Cars (4 min read)

Speech given to the management team of a global multinational earlier this week. I’ve left out content that I covered in a previous speech

Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal with Elon Musk, famously said that we were promised flying cars and we got 140 characters. This touches on the dichotomy between the world of atoms (the physical realm) and the world of bits (the digital realm). The tech revolution of recent decades has focused on evaporating physical products from books to music to films into the digital ether. This has transformed those industries in terms of content generation, distribution and the ability to scale, but our physical worlds still kinda feel the same. Continue reading “I Don’t Want Tweets, I Want Flying Cars (4 min read)”

The Most Curious Nation On Earth

(First picture: Golden Temple in the capital city, Elista, second picture: main square in Elista, third picture: Kalmyk Lama from early 1900s)

I’m well-travelled, I read a lot and I take a keen interest in the non-mainstream, yet until recently I had no idea that Europe had  a Buddhist nation. The Republic of Kalmykia is that nation. It is an autonomous region in Russia, the size of Scotland and has a population of 290,000 people. It is located near Ukraine (to its west), Georgia (to its south) and the Caspian Sea (to its west).

You may wonder why it’s Buddhist. It is not because nation recently discovered the wonders of mindfulness, Deepak Chopra and yoga, Continue reading “The Most Curious Nation On Earth”

What I Learnt From That Trump Book (“Fire and Fury”)

I get it, I get it. Donald Trump has no attention span, doesn’t read, doesn’t listen, obsesses about the media, eats fast food, watches too much TV, speaks before he thinks and acts impulsively. That’s what commentators have concluded on the release of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”. I’ve now read the book, and it’s certainly true that Wolff does everything he can to present Trump in that way.The trouble is no story is ever that clear.

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My 3 Resolutions For 2018

I like to make my big resolutions in spring as the weather (and sunlight) are more conducive to keeping them, but now is a good time to get some starter resolutions going – not least because the days are getting longer (yeah!) and it’s a new year! So here are my three for the start of 2018: Continue reading “My 3 Resolutions For 2018”

A Lesson On What Drives the US Dollar

My day job is forecasting currencies and I’ve written lots and lots of papers on this topic over the years. I thought I’d experiment with showing my analysis in a different way, hence this animation! Let me know what you think

My Favourites Of 2017 Part 2: Movies, Books and Songs, What’s Yours?

Singer Rhiannon Giddens and Hugh Jackman as Logan

My last blog was on my favourite apps, websites and purchases of 2017, this is on my favourite movies, songs and books of 2017. Remember to tell me yours! Here are mine: Continue reading “My Favourites Of 2017 Part 2: Movies, Books and Songs, What’s Yours?”

My Favourites Of 2017 Part 1: Apps, Websites and Purchases

I’ve expanded my end of year favourites list, so now it will take two posts! I’m even leaving out podcasts as I posted on that recently. In this blog, I’ll focus on apps, websites and purchases and on my next one I’ll focus on movies, books and songs. Oh, and make sure to send me your favourites too! So here goes, my favourites part one: Continue reading “My Favourites Of 2017 Part 1: Apps, Websites and Purchases”

What’s the Best Movie Of All Time?

A past blog elicited a bigger response than I expected. It was my postscript on the top grossing movies of all time when adjusted for inflation (in the US)that did it. Many were surprised that Gone With the Wind topped the rankings. So I thought I’d go deeper on movie rankings.

The starting point has be to be box office grosses, but rather than inflation adjusting and looking just at the US, how do the rankings look for the all-time worldwide grosses? Continue reading “What’s the Best Movie Of All Time?”

What Amazon’s Bezos Told Us In 1997

Remember 1997?  The year of Titanic, the first Harry Potter book and the best-selling Nokia  610. It was also the first year Jeff Bezos wrote a shareholder letter for his three-year old Amazon.com.

It makes fascinating reading. He talks about expanding staff from 158 to 614, having cash balances of $125mn and establishing strategic relationships with Yahoo, Netscape, GeoCities (I vaguely remember them), @Home (?) and Prodigy (?). He was especially proud of increasing sales from $16 million to $148 million. Continue reading “What Amazon’s Bezos Told Us In 1997”

How Men See Women Differently and Put Them Down At Work

55-year old Tom Cruise with 33-year old Sarah Wright

I’m a man, yet I’d like to think I see beyond gender, especially at work. Moreover, I have females in my family, so I’m “incentivised” to be fair. I’m sure many of the men recently engulfed in sexual harassment and abuse scandals form Harvey Weinstein to Roger Ailes probably told themselves that too. So, am I really as “unbiased” as I think I am?  Continue reading “How Men See Women Differently and Put Them Down At Work”