By reading these comments, I finally know who Avatar is – Hi Eliza!!
Anyway, this was a very fun post to read, especially as it explores the overlap of business and pop culture. As you suggested, Daniel, I doubt Kylie has any interest in being a legitimate businesswoman. What she seems to be after is exposure and instant gratification, which she gets by constantly rolling out new beauty/fashion products that her loyal legion of tween fans gleefully buy up. How a lip kit sold for $3,000 is beyond me, but I’m not even mad at Kylie. She’s using social media to her utmost advantage and is probably sitting in her FOURTH $12 million mansion right now counting her stacks of cash. #SheWins.
I love that you chose this topic, Iryna, because I am so so so excited about 3D printing!! It will completely revolutionize healthcare delivery. I actually think patients will not be resistant to receiving 3D printed organs since human cells are used to create them – the composition is essentially the same. Not only could these organs potentially save the 21 lives a day you quoted, they would also drive down the healthcare costs associated with patients receiving bridge therapy while awaiting surgery – such as tri-weekly dialysis treatments while waiting on a kidney transplant. As for the skin printing, it would be phenomenal for burn or acid victims, as well as for patients with disfiguring birthmarks. The possibilities are truly endless!
Hey fellow doc! Solid overview piece on EHR. A couple of comments: Is there any evidence that any doctor thinks EHR doesn’t increase efficiency? I currently don’t see how that argument could be made, so I’d be interested to see if you ran into that during your research. Of course, charting is tedious and keeps us away from home longer, but there is so much value in being able to access patient information quickly and thoroughly. To that point, I wonder if standardizing EHR nationwide would be possible because this move would inhibit fair competition in the market. For example, if Epic takes over community hospitals and academic medical centers, all the other EHR companies would have to battle over the private practices. But, for surgeons who consult in private practice but operate within larger hospitals, this division of EHR companies would be quite inefficient as they would have to switch between systems frequently even for the same patient. As for the actual practice of charting, Watson 2.0 needs to get on it ASAP so humans don’t need to input the patient data. Alternatively, scribes could fulfill that role everywhere to free up doctors’ time to spend actually interacting with patients.
Hi N, I love this topic! What I would like to know is how the payments are made. Does every customer need to have a phone, and then M-Kopa puts money on that phone (the initial loan), then the customer gives that money back in $0.35 increments to pay back the loan? I guess I’m just trying to understand, for example, how the money a Kenyan makes selling produce at the market gets onto the phone and in the hands of M-Kopa without a formal bank deposit system.
Hi Avatar, thanks for this very interesting post. I must confess that I’m a bit confused by peach’s value proposition. Is the value just that a woman does not need to leave her house in order to get a bra? How does one become a bra expert / why would I trust a peach bra expert? I’m trying to determine how the video consultation would be more useful than me simply looking online at any lingerie brand’s sizing photos. Additionally, I would love to know about the quality of these bras – is that part of the value prop? Because if not, I don’t think many women would leave Victoria’s Secret behind for peach (especially since after getting sized for a bra once in the store, you can keep buying subsequent bras online without necessarily needing to be sized again).
Hey Francisco, thank you for this post! What stuck out to me was how ETC’s data-gathering ability of # of cars on the road at different points in the day allows for dynamic pricing to adjust traffic flow. However, the same number of people need to get from point A to point B with or without ETC, so unless they start carpooling, everyone with a WTP lower than the toll price would be left behind at point A. Additionally, ETC increases capacity as compared to manual tolls, but not compared to no tolls. I wonder if there is a way to apply technology in the “no toll” highways to decrease travel time without building entirely new highways. As for the developing countries you mentioned at the beginning, I can see ETC being successful only with increased trust-building between the people and the government (people want to see how their money is being transferred) and with the concurrent shift from cash economies to electronic payments.
Very interesting post. I love the word, Aquaculture! It perfectly embodies what Island Creek Oyster is trying to do. First off, it is admirable that it has committed to creating sustainable food sources for developing countries – at least the ones that are not landlocked. You mentioned that it might not be possible to eat oysters in fall/winter months (months with the letter r), but I’m unclear as to how acidification only affects the ocean during the winter. If rising ocean temperatures cause the water to become acidic, I would expect peak acidity and trough levels of oysters in the spring/summer. Thoughts?
I was drawn to this post because of how pervasive Coca-Cola is in our culture – and because I chuckled at the term “greenwashing” – I didn’t know that was a thing. Although Coca-Cola’s water preservation initiatives like the Water Source Vulnerability Assessment and Source Water Protection Plan are almost certainly just for its own financial benefit, it also crystallizes the purity of the community’s water source. What I would like to see Coca-Cola do is stretch itself more to undertake a campaign straight to the end-user. So many people drink coke that it would be quite impactful for Coca-Cola to have a recycling campaign or to run catchy ads about water source protection and how the Coke difference is that the company cares about the global community.
You wrote a wonderful section on the sustainable spaces into which Marriott can grow in the future. I appreciated how you provided specific, actionable steps for Marriott to take. The fact that Starwood has undertaken its own set of innovative solutions would certainly be an opportunity for Marriott to leverage in order to diversify its own sustainability portfolio. VR immersion could be a cool advertising concept for Marriott to undertake not only for an educational reason but also to attract customers to its hotels. Many people want to decrease their carbon footprint but are not sure how to, so incorporating sustainability into their travels (and then feeling like they are doing something good for the planet) would likely be a draw for many Marriott hotel guests.
I just had to comment on this post because Iceland has been on my travel bucket list for the last couple of years. You make good points about how air travel emits greenhouse gases, exacerbating global warming, but obviously these results are not isolated to IcelandAir.Its goals to use renewable energy and a greener aircraft are admirable, but I’d be interested in knowing what market share Iceland Air has compared to WowAir and other companies that shuttle tourists to the country. If there could be a coordinated airline industry-wide shift towards sustainability, the impact would be amazing. Additionally, I noticed increased tourism -> more flights to Iceland -> increased GHG emission -> melting glaciers -> volcanic eruptions -> decreased tourism -> less flights to Iceland. So, might this be a self-regulating system? Just a thought.
Wiss, thanks for orienting us about the specific impacts climate change has had on Vail Ski Resort’s operations. I particularly appreciated your analysis in the last paragraph – both about the irony in the non-sustainable nature of snowmaking and about where Vail can go from here. I understood your reasoning that Vail should be incentivized to support NGOs that reduce GHG given that GHG contribute to snow melting, but I was unclear about whether Vail currently supports Mountain Pack and other similar NGOs. I do agree that by re-branding itself as a year-round activities resort, Vail could make up for revenue losses secondary to a shortened snow season. Great work!