Totally agree. Don’t know much about Alfred (other than assuming we’re alluding to Bruce Wayne’s butler) but will have to do my research.
Really interesting post, Scott. I am impressed that AMUSA is able to maintain profitability while maintaining living wage rates and R&D. I assume there is a stable leadership team in place who is able to continually invest in people and product to keep to maintain the innovative edge. Would love to know more about the innovation process for AMUSA and how they are able to be more efficient than the competition in developing new, better alloys. Simply spending more money on R&D does not necessarily mean more innovation, so they must be doing something right along the innovation funnel!
Really interesting! I did not know about Swiss Air’s aggressive M&A and the resulting failure. Do you think the vote against joining the Eurozone really required such swift action by Swiss Air executives? Or that they used it as a reason to pursue a more aggressive strategy? I can see it both ways, but the resulting failure to successfully integrate makes me think there was an irrational appetite for expansion. It seems like they had not completely thought through the M&A from an operational standpoint regardless. Even without the Eurozone, Switzerland is still lovely!
Interesting critique. I myself have been close to taking the introductory offer but have never followed through due to the subscription requirement. Also, I would love to know more about the employment lawsuits that undermined Homejoy. Is this related to the treatment as a “contractor” when in fact the cleaners function as employees? I believe this is one of the biggest risks of the sharing economy – looping around employment requirements (e.g. healthcare, social security payments) which, while failing the worker who finds himself or herself in a disadvantageous bargaining position, will inevitably fall to the rest of society to provide these critical safety nets.