July 2015





Introducing The People’s Operator

The founder of Wikipedia wants to be your mobile operator. Really interesting bootstrapping of business models. The People’s Operator (TPO) is also a social network (“similar to Twitter”). It’s free marketing for the operator that leverages the network effect. It also puts the operator’s billing relationship (and infrastructure) to use to power frictionless — and commission-free — payments to make it easy to raise money for charities.

Ilya

The myth of the ethical shopper

The myth of the ethical shopper. Pressuring Western big brands doesn’t work (any more, at least), the improvement of working conditions needs to come from the ground up.

“Foxconn has a factory in Indiana. It is not a sweatshop. That isn’t because Foxconn carries out such great audits or offers entrepreneurship classes. It’s because it is located in a country with functioning institutions.”

There’s some interesting and encouraging stories of how Brazil has tackled these issues (“Brazilian inspectors act more like McKinsey consultants than cops”).

Ilya
  • The founder of Wikipedia wants to be your mobile operator. Really interesting bootstrapping of business models. The People’s Operator (TPO) is also a social network (“similar to Twitter”). It’s free marketing for the operator that leverages the network effect. It also puts the operator’s billing relationship (and infrastructure) to use to power frictionless — and commission-free — payments to make it easy to raise money for charities.








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