Consumption Week 40

My notes from some of the media I consumed this week.


Tags: Cars, EVs, Trade

  • One factor that no doubt played a role in shaping Gogoro’s approach to strategy is the fact that the company’s CEO, Horace Luke, spent a formative decade of his career as a creative director at Microsoft. Helping to launch new products including Xbox and Windows XP, he learned how to build an ecosystem of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers centered around a shared platform, rather than a proprietary product.
  • First, Gogoro developed a standard specification for swappable batteries that could be used in its own vehicles and in those produced by other manufacturers.
  • Second, Gogoro implemented new business models aligned to the systems transformation it aimed to deliver. One of these was a customer-facing battery-as-a-service business model for vehicle owners that provides convenient access to Gogoro’s network of battery-swapping stations. A second was the GoShare model, offering instant access to shareable electric two-wheelers.
  • The third component of Gogoro’s approach is its physical battery-swapping platform, which uses big data, AI, and machine learning to connect an entire ecosystem of smart vehicles, energy, and services for its users.

Tags: EVs, Motorbikes, Growth, Strategy

  • A report from the Pew Charitable Trust found that 78 percent of ocean microplastics are from synthetic tire rubber.
  • Emissions Analytics found that a single car’s four tires collectively release 1 trillion “ultrafine” particles for every single kilometer (0.6 miles) driven. These particles, under 100 nanometers in size, are so tiny that they can pass directly through the lungs and into the blood. They can even cross the body’s blood-brain barrier.

Tags: Cars, Motorbikes, EVs, Tyres, Pollution

  • Styrofoam, one of the most notorious pollutants, undergoes a remarkable transformation in the presence of these tiny creatures. After just one week of digestion, what was once considered non-degradable waste is reduced to a fraction of its former self.

Tags: Plastic, Nature, Mealworms, Insects

  • Trees emit natural volatiles like isoprene and monoterpenes, which can spark cloud-forming chemical reactions.

Tags: Trees, Nature, Clouds, Rain, Climate

  • Give bad news quickly and directly without padding, and start with a warning.
  • Do go to sleep angry. Discuss in the morning when you’re calm.
  • Try and arouse positive feelings in every small interaction:
    • What do you love about?
    • It seems like you’re having a tough time today (label emotions)
  • Repeat last words instead of “I don’t understand” or “what do you mean?” or “tell me more”.

Tags: Persuasion, Communication, Empathy

  • Where can I get paid more for the same work? Work for people/companies with more money - you are worth a percentage of the value you create for them.

Tags: Business, Sales

  • Fear and insecurity is the most forceful motivator.
  • Repetition. Do more practise sets than anyone else. Attempt more sales than anyone else.
  • Happiness comes after expertise is obtained.

Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Expertise, Learning, Motivation

  1. Uphill Decisions: “If you can’t decide between two equally difficult choices, take the path that’s more difficult/painful in the short term.”
  2. The Two-Minute Rule: “If a task will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it’s defined.”
  3. Solomon’s Paradox: “If you can’t decide, pretend you’re deciding for a friend.”
  4. The Hesitation Heuristic: “If you can’t decide, the answer is no.”
  5. Regret Minimization: “The opinion you should care about most is your future self’s.”

Tags: Decision Making

  • No matter how many doctors the family saw, the specialists would only address their individual areas of expertise.

Tags: Medicine, Health, AI