The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Back to Basics: The HK start-up taking on fashion giants

Yahoo – AFP, Liz Thomas, July 17, 2016

Australian entrepreneur Luke Grana, 32, seen at his company's, 'Grana', office
space in Hong Kong (AFP Photo/Anthony Wallace)

Hong Kong (AFP) - Luke Grana arrived in Hong Kong with no contacts, cold-calling 'angel investors' he'd found on LinkedIn armed with only his CV, a business plan, and some big ideas to overhaul fashion.

In little more than two years, his eponymous clothing store amassed $6 million in seed funding and has become the go-to shop for under-35s seeking quality staples for their wardrobe.

And yet Grana is not a designer, has little fashion experience, and his inspiration came from a business brainstorming session rather than a passion for couture.

What he does have are plans to shake things up.

"The way we shop for clothes is going to change," the 32-year-old says.

Global fashion sales currently total around $1.8 trillion a year, with online accounting for five percent, he says, citing a Euromonitor report.

"That is forecast to grow to 30 percent by 2030," he adds suggesting Grana, which has no physical stores -- only a fitting room space where customers can try the clothes before buying online -- is well placed to take advantage of this shift.

The current system, with its reliance on expensive shop space, middle men, and vast inventory, he insists is "hopelessly inefficient" -- and results in opaque pricing.

"Gen Y is more focused on transparency," the Australian entrepreneur -- part of Generation Y himself -- says.

"I made things simple. So if a t-shirt costs $7.50 to produce, we'll sell for $15 -- a straight forward mark-up."

Grana brand uses world renowned material such as Chinese silk from Huzhou 
or Peruvian Pima cotton, sourced from the same mills that work with luxury brands
such as Ralph Lauren and Lacoste (AFP Photo/Anthony Wallace)

Ahead of the curve

Quality is his other pillar. The brand uses world renowned material such as Chinese silk from Huzhou or Peruvian Pima cotton, sourced from the same mills that work with luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren and Lacoste.

"We deal direct with the mills and factories, items are then shipped to our warehouse and then shipped to the customer," he explains.

Hong Kong, the world's biggest cargo hub, is well suited for his global audience -- the US, Australia and Singapore are also key markets.

Of the hundreds of cold-calls he made in late 2013, just one replied: banker Pieter Paul Wittgen.

Wittgen, now the company's COO, was impressed enough by both Grana and his ideas that he introduced him to a wider network of 'angels'.

The firm is now has backing by big name investors including BlueBell Group, distributors for the likes of Christian Dior in Asia, and Golden Gate Ventures, a leading backer of start-ups in the region.

Grana's head of design, Anthony Hill, worked for Paul Smith.

On average Grana's customers now spend $120 per order, while sales are above expectations -- rising 25-40 percent each month -- he says.

Earnings are currently being reinvested in expansion to Japan, Korea and eventually China but Grana expects to be in profit by late 2017.

It may seem an overnight success but for Sydney-born Grana this has been a long time coming.

Clothing designer Natasha Pelling takes measurements at Grana's offices
in Hong Kong (AFP Photo/Anthony Wallace)

In his teens, he read company annual reports and business books. Aged 21 and still at university he set up his first business -- a coffee shop -- using $15,000 of life savings.

After nine months he sold for $145,000 and went on to launch and sell -- at profit -- two similar ventures.

At 24, he set up Charge Point, an electric car charging infrastructure but sold up in 2012 when he realised the concept was "ten years ahead of the industry".

He took time off to "surf and brainstorm" with his profits.

"I wasn't demotivated, I was really hungry," he insists. "During brainstorming I realised there was a disruption coming in fashion."

But his next start-up Coachy was a webcam teaching service -- an "Airbnb for tutoring" in his words.

Again he found his ideas were ahead of the curve: internet speeds then could not support his idea, so he closed up.

"I learned the importance of being in the right market at the right time."

'Do things differently'

Grana's eureka moment came during a holiday in Peru, where he came across Pima Cotton. Within the week he had visited mills and bought samples for friends and family.

"Based on their reaction I knew I had found my product. But I didn't know about styles, pricing or how to merchandise," he adds.

On average Grana's customers now spend $120 per order, while sales are above
expectations, rising 25-40% each month (AFP Photo/Anthony Wallace)

So he went and got some shop floor experience working at Zara and French Connection.

Grana seems assured this is his moment.

Certainly the focus on "timeless wardrobe essentials" is prescient: British design house Burberry announced a move to 'seasonless collections' as the trend for decluttering sees fast fashion falling out of favour.

At Grana they focus on timeless colours and and run a limited number of seasonal ones.

"There are no sales, just one standard price year round."

Social media presence has helped spread the word quickly.

Grana's adverts pop up regularly on Facebook, 17,000 follow the Instagram account, and it uses Snapchat to give a glimpse into the mills and factories it uses.

Grana concedes "fashion has a bad reputation" for exploitation but is confident his firm does not use child labour, adding independent safety audits of production will begin this year.

"I don't want to copy anything from the traditional model," he says. "We are doing things differently."

No comments: