Category Archives: Technology
Most Americans have never thought twice about intellectual property. But they should.
The US Patent & Trade Office estimates that the intellectual property associated with 81 industries added $6.6 trillion to global GDP in 2014, the last year there’s data. That same year, IP-intensive industries accounted for a staggering 38% of U.S. GDP, a figure that may approach 50% today thanks to the speed at which technology is advancing.
Our nation depends on it.
Investors are getting ready to throw billions of dollars at a company that’s not worth the cost of the paper its stock certificates will be printed on. Worse, this same company has just 4,000 employees and has lost $911 million…during the past 12 months alone.
I’m talking about Lyft, of course.
The ride-hailing service is billed as a lucrative side-hustle where anyone can make fast cash giving people a lift around town. You can use your own car, set your own schedule, and work whenever you want. Chances are you’ve either called Lyft or ridden in one of “their” cars. Perhaps you’ve even started your own side-hustle as a Lyft driver.
The hype surrounding its expected initial public offering, possibly on March 28th – just three days from now – is staggering. Many investors, of course, can’t wait to jump in.