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Business School

The economy does too little to help businesses to survive
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Treat businesses like people

We live in a monoculture of businesses. There's so many potential economic services and products that could exist but cannot survive in the current economic climate.

Everyone staying at home and salaries burning through cash reserves without any income.

It's too tough. You have to have a lot of money or good relationship with banks to survive as a company.

I propose there is a new kind of business model.

A corporate school is funded through government funds and implements the basic structure of a business, so it handles staffing, contracts, bills, taxation, accounts. It evaluates business plans and funds the startup costs of a business.

You get 5 years to be profitable. Then you graduate and things get tougher as you have to spin off to have your own function departments.

Every month you have a status check with expertise to see if you're doing the right things as a business to make money. You have to follow the advice of the business school to stay funded.

chronological, Mar 28 2020

Idea University https://web.archive...a/Idea_20University
Very similar. If you think of business as a study programme. (Did I delete this idea myself, or it's the disk crash of 2004?) [Inyuki, Mar 28 2020]


       > Why not think for 10 minutes and try to isolate what the real issue you are trying to deal with and then transform that into an idea   

       Life is too difficult for companies and for people living in society. Life is not safe. It's partly a shortage of lending and huge shortage of money* but nothing is really functioning in our society. Our society has multiple personality disorder. We have social welfare and corporate welfare at the same time and it ebs and flows through the years. Yet it doesn't make society better for the majority of people, it targets a couple of people at a time. We have council funded libraries and corporate bailouts. Society is still unsafe.   

       We pay so much in tax and get so little back.   

       People are miserable in the way we run our society. Life is miserable. There's too much stress.   

       There's a shortage of safety in our economy. There's too much work to do and simultaneously not enough work to do. It's paradoxical. Job centres don't give people proper careers.   

       * Local libraries are falling apart. Any thing funded for local use is falling apart. Nobody seems to care if local services get gutted and fall apart.   

       Young people have been royally screwed over by policy decisions through the generations voting for house price increases. Life is unfair.   

       I want to make businesses safer to build up strength.
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       This is an attractive idea, but how does it differ from existing business incubators?
pertinax, Mar 28 2020

       This one is funded by a government pertinax
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       So the idea is, "Governments should fund business incubators"?
pertinax, Mar 28 2020

       Government should fund business incubators and fund the skeleton of a business too.   

       So the government should fund umbrella corporations.   

       To make business safer. Businesses going bust benefits only bargain hunters.   

       See description of idea for nuance.
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       I want this to be BIG. Not just token gestures.
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       The innovation is providing the skeleton of a business in addition to what an incubator supplies.
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       How would you resist the effects of Parkinson's Law? And what have you got against bargain-hunters? After all, I think our own [Maxwell Buchanan] {moment's silence} acquired his lab equipment through the bankruptcy of a less successful biotech. Also, one of the best employers I ever worked for acquired their major piece of initial IP from the liquidators of another firm (and went on to improve on it extensively).
pertinax, Mar 28 2020

       Say an innovator fails to make profit in its runway of funds for 1 year.   

       How does it benefit society if innovators do not profit from their creations? Only second movers who have second mover advantages can win?   

       Why is that a good society?   

       I propose companies have 5 years to try make a profit, not limited by how much money they have.
chronological, Mar 28 2020

       Hmm not massively enthusiastic. /You have to follow the advice of the business school/   

       .....There are risks. Need I say more?
bhumphrys, Mar 28 2020

       If those running the business schools are so brilliant, why are they working in a business school rather than lounging on the deck of their yacht in Monaco ?
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020

       If taxes are civilization insurance then why do we keep voting for uncivil people?
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020

       Well, one possibility is that human beings are stupid, gullible, prone to wishful thinking, and likely to select options that seem likely to deliver maximum short-term gratification ?   

       No, it couldn't possibly be that ... shirley not ...
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020

       The business school is essentially an umbrella organisation for thousands of companies, so it handles your payroll, accounting and tax with accountants on hand.   

       The way authority would work is that the business school would make recommendations and legal commandments.   

       You would have to follow the legal commandments for legal reasons. Such as doing your tax return. But for advice, you are free to ignore that. But you only have five years to acquire profitability.
chronological, Mar 29 2020

       //than lounging on the deck of their yacht in Monaco?// Because they know the work - family - society balance.   

       I like the idea but there are business mentoring schemes and government support for startups that give creative variety rather than more bricks in wallstreet.
wjt, Mar 29 2020

       [wjt], are you not making what Sherlock Holmes called the " capital mistake to theorize before one has data." ?   

       How can you construe a conclusion about work - family - society balance on the available data ?   

       What is known ? A person owns a yacht; the yacht is in Monaco; the person on the yacht shows every external appearance of being at leisure.   

       Two scenarios:   

       The individual on the yacht is a Russian oligarch who has become a billionaire by unscrupulous business dealings and ruthless violence against competitors, and has had several people killed including his wife. He is plotting his next business coup which involves engineering a military takeover in a third-world nation.   

       The individual on the yacht is a an entrepreneur who developed a software technology used worldwide which has benefited almost everyone and made him immensely wealthy. He sold out his invention when the strain of managing the business took a toll on his health, and is now semi-retired. Surrounding him on the deck are his family and numerous friends, who are discussing further charitable donations he intends to make.   

       Both scenarios fit the observations. Which is correct ?
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       Those are not mutually exclusive.
Voice, Mar 29 2020

       Not entirely; they could easily be made so by simple elaboration of detail, which we could do retrospectively, but won't.   

       The intention is simply to present "thumbnail sketches" of two very different individuals who nevertheless fulfill all the requirements of the original situation, a person "lounging on the deck of their yacht in Monaco".
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       But I'm ignoring your intent. Do try to keep up.
Voice, Mar 29 2020

       You are a professional journalist, and we claim our USD $5.   

       You may notice that we forewent the opportunity to make you appear foolish by retrospective editing, and even drew this to your attention. This may seem inexplicable, but of course it isn't. Our logic is as always flawless and implacable. You are doomed. Your life as you have known it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is Futile.
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       // You may notice that we forewent the opportunity to make you appear foolish by retrospective editing, and even drew this to your attention//   

       I'm not worthy
Voice, Mar 29 2020

       We know. You're just another victim, so there's no reason to reproach yourself for your inadequacy; you never stood a chance.   

       Besides, if you want reproach, we can do it for you wholesale...
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       <Henry Crun, anguished wail>   

       "Min, Min ! Ohhhhhhhhh, Min ! There are folk in the world who ... who ... who have never read the News Chronice ! It's... the End !"   


       < Wal Greenslade reads credits over "Old Comrades March" playout/>   

       <Michael Palin>   

       "No, it's all right, sir, we don't morally censure, we just want the money...."   

       </Michael Palin>
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       <Cymbal sting/>
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020

       //conclusion about work - family - society balance//   

       Not a conclusion about the diversity that is, although a rare occurrence, but more a statement of possible future direction.
wjt, Mar 31 2020

       //USD $5//   

       Bzzzzt: tautology!   

       In a quiet churchyard in La Hulpe, Mister SWIFT turns over in his grave.
pertinax, Mar 31 2020

       On the deck of a yacht in Monaco, Elon sips a cocktail and reads a SitRep on HyperLoop ...   

       Meanwhile, in a squalid backstreet, [Voice] catches the flicker of a red laser out of the corner of his eye, and wonders if he should have paid up the money while he had the chance ...
8th of 7, Mar 31 2020


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