We now live in a world where the unthinkable is not only thinkable, it's palpable
Trump for President? UK for Brexit? The business model of politics is changing and the populists are winning over the voters, disintermediating elites and ignoring experts (who for once offer us a consensus view). Isn’t that ironic in the world of Big Data?
Disruptive forces are also at work in the world of brands. Yesterday, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, landed an unexpected punch on the luxury elite. Speaking from his headquarters in Hangzhou he said "The problem is the fake products today are of better quality and better price than the real names.” ”They [are made in] exactly the [same] factories, exactly the same raw materials but they do not use the names.” While he subsequently stressed that he was not encouraging counterfeiters, his remarks will chill the industry and frustrate IP authorities.