De Fault Is In The Stars

Yeah, a really bad pun, but we specialise in such. So what recently caught our eye here in our dark scribbler’s pit was a recent news report about the travails of certain U.S. private equity groups. If you work...

The Equation That Drives The Bitcoin Price

Now all we need to do is find the empirical values to plug into this equation. Even better, be able to predict them: Speculation and the price of virtual currency Wilko Bolt, Maarten R C van Oordt 14 May 2019 What drives...

Taxi Ride Anyone?

So here we go again. Just as the dust settles on that deflating balloon that was the Lyft initial public offering along comes another taxi seeking your hard-earned pennies. We have the Uber roadshow! Bigger. Better and with more...

Jan Care*

Well, well, well, just look what’s happened! That overhyped and touted IPO by Lyft is now in the doldrums. There’s this piece here by USA Today: Need a Lyft? The stock price of ride-hailing company ends lower following last week's IPO According...

Up Lyft-ing

We’ve commented from our pit here about the arrival on the stock market of app-based ride-hailing companies. You may even have seen the promotion efforts going on about the forthcoming Lyft initial public offering. As we’ve commented before, this...

Heavy Lyft-ing

The future, so they say, is with the new economy. New ways of doing things will replace all the old ways in short order. But to do this, you’ve got to displace the existing system. Sometimes innovation brings something...

The Chicken Coop

  We love eggs but wouldn’t bother to keep chickens in order to get any. We prefer to buy them in the supermarket. But absent a market we’d have to keep those little cluckers in our back garden. Feed ‘em...

Chickens coming home to roost?

Well, well, well. Scaremongering and doomists have been predicting the end of Britain once we Brits leave the European Union—and a double dose of hell if it happens without a deal. We’re doomed, as Jamie Frazier would say.* Then we...

Unicorns and Nightmares

Let it not be said we’re asleep on the job here in our dismal pit. No wide awake are we. Hence, immediately a quill pen started scratching when we read this story on Sky News: Simba nightmare as mattress start-up's...

Maple-suckers

Sometimes what you read makes your eyes pop out of your head. And, no, it isn’t the salacious gossip about Justin Bieber and his new wife Hailey. Listen, what’s got our attention and momentarily made us look up from...

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ICOs Raise Money, Yes, But They’ll Probably Fail When Bitcoin Does

Some number of thousands of initial coin offerings have now taken place. Many are duds, some are producing useful services off the back of...