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When can we just profit and chill?
$34.6 billion times four divided by 221,000 is a lot of money, the rise of the ChadGPT, and more links to make you's thinks.
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Share Price = (Revenue X Story)
The answer to this kind of thing is “yes, but that is all put into the share price already. The shareholders don’t care about those numbers, they cares about those numbers getting bigger. Now the shareholders think those numbers won’t grow faster enough, so the price of the share goes down.” Or something like that. It comes up a lot on Software Defined Talk.
It’s at moments like these that you identify the problem with the stock-based system: when can we just profit and chill?
Sure, you’d have to defend against the company’s valuation going down so much and so fast that raiders come in a bit it for scrap-synergies. But, I feel like that’s saying “we have to keep doing this weird thing because if we don’t these other people will do the weird thing to us instead.”
And then I see things like Tesla stock halving (is that the right amount?) in value, and I think: if that much “money” can be lost so quickly, I don’t think it was ever there in the first place.
I mean, what if each of those companies took those billions in profits and just paid them out to employees instead? I’m bad at match, but: Microsoft has about 221,000 employees. So if you took a quarters worth of profit times four to get a year, you’ve got something like ($34.6 billion X 4) / 221,000…which seems like it’d be a nice annual bonus. ($624,434.38, right?)
I mean, that’s kind of absurd…but…as opposed to what? It’s one of those ideas that falls in the bucket of “yeah, but, I mean, we could all just decide it’s normal. You know: at some point, people were like ‘actually, kings and queens aren’t appointed by God. We should, like, elect people instead…?”
Meanwhile, my asset mix is well allocated to meet my retirement goals.
And that’s this week’s column from the #VisualizeWhirledPeas, “what if Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about,” Cory Doctorow Endowment Chair.
Related to the above, here’s an excerpt from my predictions piece I pointed at yesterday:
Smart organizations will invest in closing the talent and skills gap: With all the gloom and doom about "The Economy," if organizations aren't careful they're going to fall into a totally predictable trap. In order to cut costs, organizations are freezing hiring. However, in a few years they'll face the ramifications of those decisions: a very thin staff of IT ops and developer staff, and a broader struggle with hiring the right people with the right skills. You see this with organizations who "optimized" their balance sheets (and probably got better EBITA, or whatever) by outsourcing too much of their IT. Now those organizations find it difficult to innovate with software. Organizations need to realize that their investments in IT and line-of-business apps are products that run their business and require ongoing management, support, and upkeep. If there's some stressing about economic conditions in 2023, I predict that the most successful organizations will be the ones that understand that macro-headwinds come and go, but the software needs to run your business are constant. Amidst tightening budgets, hiring freezes and a labor shortage, organizations should invest in training and upskilling to close talent and skills gaps, and in turn, help better equip the business to operate with a lean team in a down economy. Training can even be done on the job - pair programming, for example, is a proven methodology that can help experienced and junior developers learn from each other - even in a remote setting.
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We should drop the “layoff” euphemism and just got back to “fired.” It seems more honest. (We can retain “fired with cause” when we need that extra detail.)
Is it too much of an asshat comment to say that they best thing about the Ivory app is that you can easily create a filter to get rid of people talking about the Ivory all? Asking for a friend. Also, this, uh, “friend” of mine suggests creating a filter that excludes farts that have the words “Mastodon” and “fediverse.”
“Lipstick may be recession proof, but what about yoga pants?” Here.
“hipster antitrust” Here.
“It needed a lot of work, but everything does. I do!” Rodrick.
Rich people have a lot of advice about how everything is actually OK and you just need to relax.
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I like to send these in the morning - inevitably, I’m scrambling to wrap up at the end of the day and will skip things like assembling and sending out a newsletter. Like yesterday! Today I have our SpringOne watch party in Amsterdam to get to - you can still register and come!
So, I haven’t had enough time to digest and comment on the announcements at our SpringOne conference. Hopefully I’ll do that today and get back to that for tomorrow’s episode. In the meantime, here is a brief overview and a deep dive from Denise.
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