Visited by my old friend Thomas Hessler. Some 20 years ago we collaborated in the back-then-pioneering world of affiliate marketing (= performance-based online marketing) through his start-up Zanox; the difference is that I made $300k with it, and he made $300m, lol. Today, Thomas is an investor to reckon with. Just two months ago he dragged me to a birthday party attended by no other than Elon Musk.
I remember whenever I've discussed business ideas with him over the years, he always paused for a few seconds, looked somewhere in the distant horizon – summoning some Chinese wealth god or the like – and would then either say 'scaleable' or 'not scaleable'.
Theme parks? Not scaleable.
Franchisable FEC concept? Not scaleable.
Theme park in the metaverse? Scaleable.
But Thomas, I don't want to live in a parallel world that makes humanity adopt the face expression of Mark Zuckerberg. "Stefan, but look, humanity is not stupid, humans may fall for crap for some time, but not forever; we have always found a way forward, to make inventions work for the benefit of all, and the future is always brighter than the past!"
Well, you better listen to a guy who can turn one dollar into a billion.