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18 october 2008 5 year party congress beijing -related women hold sky miracles BRAC BRI 1 2

Global2.0 declarations with 100 friends of Xi Jinping -Xiamen(Brics Plus), Beijing (Belt Road), WEF (Jan 2017), UN 2015, Tajikstan 2013, Beijing 1996

#theeconomist good news youth sustain livelihoods & planet map links- fall 17 edu reports unesco, brookings, world bank- navigating 11 win-win trading zones - China and 10 Latin America. 9 Africa, 8 Med Sea 7 Corridor of Stans and mid east; 6 N America :: EURASIA 5 West Europe 4 East Europe 3 Russia 2 India (including bangladesh myanmar corridor) 1 Pacific East ), 0 Inside China questions text usa 240 316 8157 good news korea (+79 nations) empowered by jinping's aiib2017 take climate goals collaboration race to new level- green big bang 1 2 world record book of job creation help! top 20 Economist challenges

Friday, December 31, 1999

stuff to re-edit when 21st C slows down

on joy of banking side when the owner of the 5 billion person elearning satellite met the first female director of grameen phone, quiz number 1- whats the most engaging banking model in the world - so far this is their benchmark - do you now of others that can be beamed up to 5 blillion learners to know about with thanks to million women mentors of kenya -see also BRAC's sir fale abed videos san francisco april 2015 - launch of bangladeshi studies at university of berkeley

on risk mapping side - we are currently working mainly on part 1 of this curriculum - what can be reported on banking systems prior to the first generation where virtual and borderless productivity has significant wealth and health impacts

we segment part 1 of this curriculum into 3 types of banking

3 banking systems that destroyed nations or collapsed civilisation -one of the first cases in modern times being the system that bankrupted scotland just after 1700- the consequence was the take over of scotland by england, and over the next 150 years the emigration of more than half of Scots; as an internationalist scot myself, whenever I read adam smith I parse his writings from the context of how to design a profession so no nation's people are subjected to scotland's endgame

2 banking systems whose economics were anti-youth
1 banking systems that are pro-youth - from my dad's encylopaedic view of banking which included 40 years at the editorial desks of The Economist, the birth of the millennium goals network microcreditsummit in 1997 could have made this knowledge its main collaboration gift to the world of education. It failed to do so but now that several leaders of pro-youth microcredit realise that, they are calling for launch of microeducation summit in which a pro-youth banking mooc is the first project

we welcome nominations of the most fundamental resources - eg bankwarsbywolf - The Financial times chief economics editor delivers evidence of well over 100 banking insolvencies in last 30 years each of whose impacts have been remarkably similar to that of a war

Monday, December 27, 1999

1999 year of biles

dec 2018 update

Bike-sharing firm Ofo's dramatic fall a warning to China's tech investors

2:53 AM ET, 12/24/2018 - Reuters
* Ofo CEO has said firm facing immense cash squeeze
* Bikes in disrepair; users demanding deposit refunds
* Company backed by Alibaba, Didi Chuxing
* Ofo, Mobike bicycles ubiquitous in major cities
By Pei Li and Josh Horwitz
BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 24 (Reuters) - On the sidewalks of Shanghai and Beijing, once bright-yellow Ofo bicycles lie in varying states of disrepair - chains unhooked, wheels buckled and paint starting to fade - reflecting the quick rise and sharp fall of the Chinese bike-sharing startup.
Millions of Ofo users are clamouring for their deposits to be returned and the firm's founder has admitted considering bankruptcy.
Ofo's plight is a warning for China's tech investors, who have ploughed tens of billions of dollars into loss-making businesses such as bike sharing, ride hailing and food delivery. Not long ago, Ofo was racing into markets overseas and raising billions from backers including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Didi Chuxing.
"It now appears bike sharing is the stupidest business, but the smartest brains of China all tried to get in," Wu Shenghua, founder of now bankrupted bike-sharing company 3Vbike, told Reuters. "It really now seems ridiculous."
Ofo was a phenomenon. Its dock-less bicycles, which could be picked up by scanning a QR code and left anywhere, grew from Beijing campuses to become an icon of young, urban cool. The firm garnered a valuation of $2 billion.
Its bicycles - and those of main rival Mobike - could be found on almost every city street corner, often in staggering numbers. Ofo's advertisements featured major Chinese popstars and showed trendy youngsters pedalling around the hippest areas of town.
Dozens of smaller rivals emerged in China over the last two years, only to go out of business, leaving Ofo, fellow Alibaba-backed Hellobike, and Mobike, backed by Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings, as the major players.
But costly battles for market share have meant Ofo and its rivals have struggled to turn popularity into profit. Ofo's very survival is now at risk as debts to suppliers have come due and user demands for deposits have mounted.
"It's a very tricky business, all the profits are eaten away by competition. It's something that really needs to be part of a bigger business," said Maxwell Zhou, founder of tech startup and a former employee of Mobike in China.
"It's very similar to email in that way. It has a lot of benefits for society, but none of the email providers were able to create a barrier to entry, so anybody could host emails, and eventually nobody could make any money."
At its peak, Ofo had bike fleets in more than 20 countries, from France to Australia and the United States. Company insiders, however, said it tried to grow too fast, and found itself facing a wide array of hurdles, from traffic regulations to vandalism, as well as spiralling costs.
"In retrospect of course there was problem with management, and we were expanding too rapidly," said a former Ofo executive who worked on international expansion, asking not to be named.
The firm has pulled back from markets like Israel, Germany and the United States, and has been forced to sell assets, including some bikes for as little as $2, the person said.
Ofo and Alibaba did not respond to requests for comment.
The former executive pointed to an unsuccessful push into Japan, where the firm had looked to expand in a partnership with SoftBank Group Corp. That plan went sour after a breakdown in takeover talks with SoftBank-backed Didi Chuxing, said the executive.
With bikes sitting in storage, fees piled up. "We lost a lot of money, and now the bikes are still stuck in warehouses," said the executive.
Didi declined to comment but pointed to earlier statements saying it had never intended to buy Ofo and promised to keep supporting its "independent development" in the future.
In China, once-loyal users have turned on Ofo, lining up at its offices in Beijing to demand the return of deposits paid up-front to use the service. Over 12 million people have so far requested repayment online.
Jiang Zhe, 21, a university student in Beijing, said he usually bought a month pass for Ofo bikes, but has lately struggled because so many are broken. "I haven't used Ofo recently because I can't find any working bikes," he said.
He is now one of the many seeking a refund.
In a letter to employees last week, Ofo CEO Dai Wei said the company was struggling to resolve a cash shortage, in part because of user refunds as well as payments to suppliers. He said the firm was battling on amid "pain and hopelessness".
A court in Beijing has placed Dai on a credit blacklist that restricts him from going to fancy hotels, travelling first class or sending his children to expensive schools, according to the court's Dec. 4 order seen by Reuters.
The rare near-implosion of a wildly popular and innovative firm in China has spooked some authorities. The transportation ministry said on Friday it was asking Ofo to optimise its refund procedure, but also called on the public to be more "tolerant" to allow domestic innovation to thrive.
Many weren't convinced, including the former Ofo executive.
"It would be tough for the company to get back to its golden days, I don't think it can be like before. I think most people are really just waiting for the final days," he said. ($1 = 6.8885 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Pei Li in Beijing and Josh Horwitz in Shanghai; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Price Performance Comparison

Price Performance Listing Comparison Table
Listing Comparison1 Month6 Months1 Year52-Week Range
SFTBY:OTC Pink - Current Information
-22.19%-10.53%-18.66%Percentile : 4.71794871794873%
-23.67%-12.62%-20.46%Percentile : 7.57418011452368%
Price Performance Index Comparison Table
Index Comparison1 Month6 Months1 Year52-Week Range
S&P US Communication Services-5.08%-5.53%-16.73%Percentile : 19.2462145804101%
S&P Global Communication Services-4.69%-8.29%-18.52%Percentile : 10.6023541600714%
S&P 500-10.06%-8.59%-7.94%Percentile : 15.9423216058419%
S&P Global BMI-7.22%-12.36%-13.07%Percentile : 9.81162315427337%

ETFs Holding This Company

ETFs Holding this Company Table
SymbolNameMorningstar Category% of Fund52-Week Range
Invesco Global Listed Private Equity ETF
2.42%Percentile : 8.01954584650763%
iShares Global Comm Services ETF
2.16%Percentile : 14.217600673762%
iShares MSCI Japan ETF
2.12%Percentile : 6.74085850556436%
SPDR® Solactive Japan ETF
2.11%Percentile : 6.35089605543996%
Xtrackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF
2.00%Percentile : 9.41586748038359%

Company Profile

Business Summary
SoftBank Group Corp., formerly SoftBank Corp., is a holding company mainly engaged in communication and Internet related business. The Company operates in six segments. The Domestic Telecommunications segment is engaged in the provision of mobile communications services; sale of mobile devices; provision of broadband services to retail customers, and provision of telecom services to corporate customers in Japan. The Sprint is engaged in the provision of mobile communications services; the sale and lease of mobile devices and sale of accessories, and the provision of fixed-line telecommunications services in the United States. The Yahoo is engaged in Internet advertising, e-commerce business, and membership services. The Distribution is engaged in the distribution of mobile devices overseas, and sale of personal computer (PC) software, peripherals and mobile device accessories. The Softbank Vision Fund and Delta Fund segment engages in the investment business.


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Ronald Fisher
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Yoshimitsu Goto
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Yun Ma
Executive Chairman of Subsidiary, Director
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President & Chief Executive Officer of Subsidiary, Director
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