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Articles related to "margin"


NYU professor Scott Galloway says that the era of startups growing at all costs is coming to a close, and it means Uber is likely going to have to change its business model

  • Other high-margin businesses (technology, media, pharma) require a staggering up-front capital investment and are fraught with risk.
  • Uber and WeWork reflect the high watermark of an infatuation with growth at the expense of margin.
  • The firm used their runway to find margin with AWS and Amazon Media Group.
  • Inspired by the Seattle giant, and presented with a market that offered billions to "disruptors," firms saw a shortcut: paint a compelling vision and offer $10 worth of service for $5 — negative margins.
  • This trope funding offered negative margin firms more runway to spin up other concepts (WeGrow, WeLive, Uber Eats, Uber Freight).
  • Uber management is doing the right thing and acquiring firms with overvalued stock in a desperate attempt to find lift, like Cornershop.
  • This will be a tacit acknowledgement that Uber is a big, low-margin consumer brand, not a growth tech firm.

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‘Cloud kitchens’ is an oxymoron

  • Latent in these pieces (there are dozens of them published on the web) lies a superficial storyline that’s appealing to the bright but not detail-oriented: that there are high software margins (or ‘cloud’ margins if you will) to come from a world in which kitchen space is suddenly shareable, and that’s going to lead to a complete disruption of restaurants as we know them.
  • In fact, this supposed rise of the cloud kitchen gets at the real crux of the matter: the true ‘expense’ of restaurants isn’t rent or labor, but in fact is really marketing: how do you acquire and retain customers in one of the most competitive industries around?
  • Instead, it’s the meal delivery companies themselves that will take advantage of this infrastructure, an admission that actually says something provocative about their business models: that they are essentially inter-changeable, and the only way to get margin leverage in the industry is to market and sell their own private-label brands.

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A Porsche Taycan crushed a Tesla Model S in a drag race

  • A Porsche Taycan sports car beat a Tesla Model S sedan in a drag race filmed by the German television show Auto Mobil.
  • A clip of the episode posted to YouTube shows what appear to be two separate drag races between the vehicles' high-end performance trims, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the Tesla Model S P100D.
  • CNET's Roadshow points out in a summary of the clip that there are factors specific to the vehicles featured, like the tires they use and the year they were produced, that could explain the disparity.
  • The Tesla Model S P100D sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, while Porsche says the Taycan Turbo S can do the same in 2.6 seconds.
  • In 2018, Stefan Weckbach, Porsche's head of electric vehicles, said the Taycan would be able to sustain high performance better than the Model S.

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