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The product-zeitgeist fit is a concept coined by D’arcy Coolican from the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the concept applies an extremely insightful and relevant twist on the traditional product-market fit. If you have ever been involved in an early-stage tech venture, it is almost certain that you have come across the term product-market fit. It relates to being in the right market with a product that can meet a specific problem attune to that particular market. To many, it is principally the initial step in validating a product’s viability. To some, the concept of a product-market fit is interchangeable…


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Just about everyone has heard the old adage ‘cash is king’. A company that is illiquid (short of cash) is in far more trouble than a company that is liquid but unprofitable. What is less understood is the importance of a recurring revenue model for modern businesses. Many venture capital and private equity investors look for new business models that utilise recurring revenue opportunities because they provide businesses with consistent cash flow on a monthly or quarterly. Even more appealing when the business has a low churn rate, which is the percentage of customers that stop consuming the service or…


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Climate change awareness is in full swing, there is a plethora of rhetoric on the Anthropocene crisis — the current geological age in which human activity is the dominant influence on the environment. Of course, the Anthropocene is very much associated with the climate crisis but includes biodiversity loss nonetheless. When media or scientists refer to the impact emissions have on the climate and particularly weather events, it is natural to think of erratic weather conditions and category 5 hurricanes. Few immediately think of fire. Can fire even be considered weather? …


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As the dust settles from what was a spectacular world cup, on reflection the 2019 World Cup was a watershed moment for professional rugby. Culturally it has catapulted Japan onto rugby’s big stage, not just as a host nation, who’s fans embodied rugby culture. But also as worthy competitors, playing a beautiful brand of rugby with results to back it up. Despite rugby’s inclusive foundations it is rare for new teams and countries to climb the ranks. Rugby is an anomalous sport, with small nations being fierce competitors (New Zealand, Wales, Scotland) and a contingent of pacific islanders from nations…


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On December 14th 2018, Trump and the Turkish President, Erdogan had a pivotal phone conversation. During the phone call, Trump went completely off-script, against the advice of his advisors John Bolton and General Mattis — both advocated for protecting the Kurds and both have since been fired from their respective White House roles. Trump sided with Erdogan’s argument, that ISIS had been defeated and it was now time for America to step aside and pull troops out of the Middle East. In fact, Trump was so emphatic in his agreement that towards the end of the call Erdogan pleaded the…


WeWork

The We Company or as it is better known, WeWork, is in the midst of launching a $3-$4bn initial public offering. In doing so the company has taken a headwind of flak. Critics demonise the business model as unsupportable and the corporate structure as indefensible. WeWork sublets office space to start-ups, large corporations and individuals, offering flexible short-term agreements. The offices are decorated with an earthy 21st-century chic interior giving off an ambience of youthful energy.


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For the majority of my life, I have considered myself to be a political centrist. Economically right and socially centre-left. Whatever any of that is supposed to actually mean. The left to right political spectrum is borne out of theory. In the 1950s, Hans Eysenck, studied the similarities between ideologies that sat on the opposite sides of that left to right spectrum — eventually leading to the political compass.

Contemporary economic theory is broadly based on free-market economics, which battles between with the trade-off between the scarcity of resources and demand for resources. The level of scarcity can often be…


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Long periods of history tend to be dominated by a single broad narrative. The further back you go in history the broader these narratives tend to be. The 1800s were dominated by the Industrial Revolution. While the 1900s can be split into two distinct narratives. The first 50 years is dominated by never before seen destruction when the world went to war twice, even the peacetime narrative is dominated by the analysis of what led to war. The 1950s onwards was ostensibly dominated by the Cold War but the predominant narrative that will supersede the Cold War is the story…


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Caster Semenya is a double Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion in the women 800m event. A dominant figure in the sport of female running, Semenya has recently lost an appeal of an IAAF (The International Association of Athletics Federations) ruling, that concluded Semenya must actively lower her level of testosterone in order to continue competing in athletics. From a young age, competing in South Africa, Semenya grew accustomed to the discomfiture of her gender being questioned. At times she was forced to physically show she was female, even in her younger years. Though the details of her gender…


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Across my broad experience in team environments, for the most part in a sporting or professional capacity as well as within community projects, I have been fortuante to learn crucial steps that enable a team to maximise performance no matter what the circumstance. With no team a leader is irrelevant. The leader is only as good as their team. It is typical in most businesses to start the week with the ritual of a Monday morning meeting, sometimes a quick motivating tool but often a long, dull, energy-zapping ordeal. It eats into individuals time to hit the ground running at…

Nick Gaskell

Consultant, Sustainable Finance & Private Equity, Freelance Writer - uncommon stories

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