41 Chinese companies are changing the world but none of them has a brand worth talking about.

As I pointed out a couple of days ago, the Top 100 brands was dominated by old western brands. However, it seems that the world will be changed 41 times just by the Chinese!!!

41 Chinese Companies Are Changing The World – China Law Blog.

Either their going to grow brands quickly; which makes a mockery of the Top 100 brands valuations or they just won’t need brands; therefore making a mockery of the Top 100 brand valuations!!!

Ben Metcalfe doesn’t like profit on OLPCs

Ben Metcalfe has found OLPCs on eBay going for over three times the going rate (assuming that the going rate is $200).

Sad to see OLPC’s for sale on eBay at inflated prices :Ben Metcalfe Blog

He seems quite upset by the find; actually I believe a sign that this little thing could be an enormous success. There is a demand in the developed countries for the OLPC. This demand can be used to get the price down, build software and help with the OLPC “brand” in the target countries; the OLPC could be seen as more than a poor childs PC. Now the OLPC people need to get the machines out there and sell them to whoever wants them (wherever they maybe).


Simply put if they don’t flood the developed world with these machines the market will take care of it for them. They’ll be pushing machines into Africa and Latin America for them to appear on eBay at a profit. Now that maybe a great gain for the people who received the machines in the short term but long term they’re going to be big losers.

Hummer vs. The Prius

You’ve  got to love anyone who believes that a Hummer is more efficient than anything  except for a jet or a cruise ship.

However, it appears that there are people out there willing to believe anything…

Mr. Green’s Web-Only Mailbag – November/December 2007 – Sierra Magazine – Sierra Club

BusinessWeek: Top 100 Global Brands

It’s time for the annual nonsense list of brands…

BusinessWeek Online: Top 100 Global Brands

Some quick notes;

  • There are no valuable brands in China, India or anywhere outside the western world. I’m sure that Tata, Wipro, Mittal, Haier, CIC and a few others would beg to disagree.
  • When they saw that the Microsoft brand is worth 58 billon dollars, what does it get Microsoft?
    • Since when has anyone bought a product just because it was a Microsoft product?
    • Can these companies lauch into new markets because of the strength of their brand? No. Microsoft has spent a fortune getting over the brand name in video games; Coke has trouble getting out the black sugered water market and Nescafe isn’t going to start selling anything but coffee.

From here the list looks like the Top 100 middle American brands that mean something to the baby boomers.

blog.pmarca.com: Why did Albert Einstein hate freedom?

The story goes from bad to worse…

blog.pmarca.com: Why did Albert Einstein hate freedom?

What is worth noting is that they fabricated the reason to put him away rather than just say that he was an Austrian with extreme political views (extreme from their point of view).

Why does information like this come out when nobody is looking?

How scary would this be? 12,000 people on a list to be locked away and they never knew that they were on the list.

blog.pmarca.com: Good news, bad news

Actually seeing the list would be interesting, I bet that we’d all learn how bad intelligence agencies are at targeting people.

Random thoughts…