Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Startups have got stereotyped - non-traditional startups aren't being considered as startups [COMPACTIDEA]

Wherever we look around, startups have this typical look - a bunch of guys with laptops [preferably MacBooks], discussing stuff in a cafe over a cup of coffee or in a room with lots of colorful sticky notes pasted on a wall. Technology must be involved. Preferably deeply related to the Internet. Presence of laptops and iPads is a must. Sitting around a table and discussing is a must. And so on. Startups, in a way, have got stereotyped.

I refuse to accept this stereotype. And I refuse to accept that you can't be a startup if you're in one of the "traditional" industries, like manufacturing. You're a startup if you start small and aim high and if you behave and move like a startup and if you're replete with innovation and learning. You're not necessarily a non-startup just because your "startup" belongs to an industry which isn't among the types of industries that are typically associated with startups. If you're thriving and growing despite considerable and formidable challenges, you're a startup.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Airbus should launch a presidential plane version of the A380

All those wealthy rulers obsessed with my-size-is-bigger-than-your-size will love to get their hands on a presidential plane version of the A380. No other and nobody's presidential plane would be larger than this. Their tool would be the biggest, the fiercest, the largest, the most powerful. Giving the most satisfying feeling of "biggestness" at global meetings, conferences, events, etc. Even Obama would feel insecure that his toy, the 747, is relatively smaller and packs less punch. What a feeling it would be for a king that his plane is bigger than Amreeka's Air Force One!

For Airbus, the presidential planes would be a virtual goldmine. It would be their Airbus Force One! Years and maybe decades worth of lucrative maintenance, customization, spares, upgrades, repaints, training, cabin crew, repairs, and other contracts, with sky-high margins on each of these. Where are the brains of Airbus' salesmen? Why don't they see that having the unique distinction of being the biggest in the world appeals to the ego of so many wealthy rulers in this world?

And who knows? When a few of these super-wealthy rulers acquire the A380, it might even set off a "plane shaming" chain reaction, putting a sort-of "peer pressure" on the others to also match its size.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Like in aero engines, there should be a joint venture to produce world-class diesel engines for passenger cars [COMPACTIDEA]

Competition is coming from Google, etc. [even if not directly]. Car-makers can no longer afford to individually manufacture engines. Multiple factories with duplication of R&D, land, machines, labor, etc., is no longer possible. Duplication and unnecessary repetition needs to be reduced to free up funds for investment in bleeding-edge technologies. Else Kodak's fate could be repeated for today's blossoming car manufacturers. One promising idea is that two or more diesel engine specialists should join forces and create a world-beating diesel engine by combining/pooling all of their individual patents/strengths. For example, VW, Fiat and Honda could collaborate to produce diesel engines for their individual passenger cars. Each of these car companies produces excellent diesel engines already. Instead of spending money three times over, the JV would need to spend only one time. This concept has worked well in the aviation business, and there's no reason why it shouldn't work in the automobile business as well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The money that EU has asked Apple to pay to Ireland isn't government's money - it is the people's money [COMPACTIDEA]

Most people think wrongly. Government money [in a democracy] isn't really government money. All of it is people's money. All. All of it must ultimately flow back to the people via various government expenditures/projects done on the behalf of the people that the government represents. Hence the money that the EU has asked Apple to pay [to Ireland] in reality belongs to Irish people. Small and big. Apple, a big and evil corporation, cannot be and must not be allowed to steal people's money [by not paying taxes] by using fancy legal tricks and PR. Corporations must not be allowed to become so big and powerful that all the world's people effectively are slaves to these entities. Apple must pay all taxes in full so that the deserved benefits and welfare programs flow to the common man.