…and afterwards our companies shape us.
This is a warped quote from Winston Churchill and from a speech the Prime minister made in the House of Comons. In the event, Churchill mentioned buildings and how we in the end are shaped by the quality of the buildings we occupy. The same goes for companies.
The entrepreneur shapes the company and when it reaches a certain size, the company and its culture shape its employees. The Nobel price winner Dr Daniel Kahneman compared our two mental forces, system 1 being the intuitive response, to system 2, our logical reasoning, and suggested that system 1 is 200 000 times more powerful.
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We are so used to our surroundings that we do not appear to notice that the equity market has gradually lost its original function and turned into a non-scientific and highly unnatural bogus arrangement. It is of benefit only to the parasites being advisors and calling themselves “the market”. I confess to being a low-life parasite.
At the outset, entrepreneurs met investors in one-off arrangements. This worked well when a voyage to east India was being financed but it becomes unsuitable for long-term ventures like an on-going enterprise. The equity markets turned into stock exchanges and is now a digital and global animal. Along the way, the markets switched its focus from financing to the trading of shares in large companies, entities that does not need financing.
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