13 January 2011

Business Models

This is from Ramon Casadesus-Masanell: http://bit.ly/eVi2c5. His main
point is that a business model may work well in the lab or in the
abstract, but not work well in real life. He also emphasizes the
winner-take-all model.

The picture the editors chose for the article is great, but I can't
make it fit the article. Here is what the picture makes me think of
("Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold"):


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

WB Yeats


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