Adventures in Venture capitalism

Well we now have a nice overview of American Venture Capitalism, which has been fun over the last few weeks.

For those who don’t understand Venture Capitalism, it takes a number of forms. Cliff Richards is actually a super-scale VC in the UK.  If you want three million or so for a few days to double it, he is your man.

Venture Capitalists are a little bit like high end backgammon players, which naturally takes my fancy, having been around a bit.  High end backgammon players, however, are usually a bit better at statistics.

Taking the Cannabis industry as an example, I have managed to get the views of three VCs on it. They are significantly different.

VC1 is an investor.  He/she thinks that the progressive legalisation for recreational use is a sign that the world is becoming tolerant of the industry in general, and has invested over half of the current financial holdings in one of the main three players.

VC2 is taking a more cautious view, and is anxiously watching to see how many states are planning to allow it for medicinal use, presumably hoping that big pharma takes it on.  It is doubtful that this is going to happen all that soon, since unlike most pharmaceuticals CBD actually helps.

VC3 is my favourite.  VC3 sees the vastly overvalued stocks and goes and has a look at the ‘big’ players in Canada.  VC3 notices that a $45 million dollar company is, in fact, a medium sized shed in a country with poor weather, and realises that investing in Canadian pot is the most crazy investment strategy since the dot com boom. He also notes that the market for medicinal and recreational cannabis is about a tenth of the investments made, and so there is an enormous bubble which is likely to burst.  I rather like VC3.

I am aware of at least two of the ‘big’ Canadian players, and whilst they are very nice chaps, they are unlikely to be creating a vast operation in Canada, given that it is far cheaper to grow pot elsewhere.  It is also unlikely that recreational cannabis is likely to become widespread due to problems with monitoring blood levels of THC. Unlike alcohol, you cannot simply look at a blood test and tell whether someone is high or not.

Also, there were significant interests in banning all hemp products from other industries, since it is very useful.  Thus we can see some parallels with the oil industry and electric cars.  We aren’t going to see a lot of progress with moving on from using oil when oil is still plentiful and in the hands of people who are already very rich.

So, basically when you see a nice clean-cut venture capitalist telling you about their mammoth successes, bear in mind that they are probably investing in literally hundreds of companies on the basis that maybe three of them pay off.  It is a high risk, and sporadically high reward business.

A good VC will tell you that investing ten million in a guy that makes great toast, for example, is self-fulfilling because that ten million will get the guy sufficient exposure and resources to scale his toast making to the point where his business pays off, at least until he pays the interest on the ten million.  If your VC tells you this upfront, however, it is still a good idea to make sure you have evaluated the toast.


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Good and Fun Entertainment

Well, I’m sure it is. I suspect you are a little bit racist, and a big bit shameless, given the lack of experience or concern for other people.

I certainly wouldn’t speak to you the way you spoke to me. Neither of you are particularly nice people. Lucky you found each other, really. I’d be more pissed off that he didn’t mention me, if I was you.

I’m not sure why you think he’s such a great catch? I was very kind, despite what he did.

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What a strange bunch you are?

Okay so you love The Sadist, but you don’t love Diversity Bingo

You are just wild about  Went to Woo a Porn Star.

You don’t seem too crazy about FTAO NHS

A pattern is beginning to emerge, and it involves simple and slightly sexy titles. This is rather depressing.  I wonder how to break out into the wider world really?  I think this requires some expansion at this point. I am doing well, but not well enough.

Currently I am working on Let’s be Frank,  a comment on what conformity looks like, which I am sure will be an interesting story for other people, but is rather depressingly normal to write.

In the meantime things are looking up work-wise, and I am moving from banking to the world of business consultancy, which looks a lot more fun.  I hope to find fewer stupid people with safe jobs which they remain in by harming people.

Whilst I am doing this, I think I will construct some management courses, since this year has highlighted poor self image as being very expensive to the wider world of business.  Most people would be damaged for life by a small percentage of the stuff that routinely happens to me, but I am very fortunate in that respect, and I guess it is my job to sprinkle some magic dust on the rest of the population.

I have a couple more amusing business titles to do, just as a prequel to the bigger books.  I was looking back over some posts today and it is high time I stopped procrastinating.

I will be available to the public tomorrow if anyone would like to stop by and chat. Don’t bother unless you have sorted your shit out or want to work.

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David Wolfe, here we go again.

Every so often I like to write a really nice post about David Wolfe.  Then I like to throw a tantrum.  I haven’t done one for ages on the grounds that he turned out to be very married, but I see he has paid me a visit, so here we go, let us again attempt to explain the phenomenon that is Ina Disguise and David Wolfe.

For those who are not as familiar with this topic as Wolfe and I, I used to be a super critical and very serious lady who happened to have had a very open relationship with alternative health as my early General Practice doctors had trained prior to the worship of big pharma and were not only medical doctors but homeopaths. (shock, horror)

The now normalised hatred of herbalism and homeopathy did not exist post-war.  People used what worked, and doctors were unusually interested in health. This has been eroded to the point that even talking about alternative health means that you are subject to personal attack, even without the addition of positive reinforcement and entertainment as a tool to gently coaxing people to take better care of themselves generally.

Twenty years ago or so, long  before I had ever heard of Wolfe, I had a stand up fight with the Senior pathologist in Glasgow, about the necessity of paying for more doctors, versus the necessity of improving public health.  I had no idea I felt so strongly about it until I was red in the face arguing with him about appropriate investment and misleading information.

Anyway, with the shining example of my early doctors and my father I had always had a keen interest in alternative health alongside my interest in politics and economic history. This has now become an issue of personal freedom, especially since the NHS chose to force the issue in the case of my parents.

Prior to the radical change in my diet brought on by my taking things into my own hands via Wolfe, I suffered from anaemia, frequent depression, psoriasis and I was becoming increasingly crippled down my left side, partially due to what I suspect is a form of arthritis, my heroic use of the mouse, and some damage in a car accident when I was 24 or so. (hysterical French chef boyfriend) I was also intermittently huge.  I am not particularly small now, but I am an unusually happy, creative, motivated and positive person, to the point that couch potatoes find me quite odd.

I now look deceptively young, have no pain, no depression and no psoriasis. I am not a great example of a raw foodist, I am quite scruffy about it, but my health and my diet is now managed quite carefully, and when I am not overworking I actually look after myself.

My mother also got an extra seven months thanks to my knowledge, and clearly that is a good thing.  She was a happy lady eventually. I would have preferred that she was happy for a bit longer and that they had left us alone.  People are disgusting.

Anyway, all that being said as a preamble:

Disliking Wolfe, disregarding Wolfe as a nut based on not liking everything that he has to say, singling out bits of the more entertaining material as evidence that you should be lazy and go to a doctor rather than look into your problems yourself is what a stupid, immature and lazy thinker does. I chose not to do that for a number of reasons:

  1. He is very skilled at putting together information, much of the more whacky material is very carefully placed to keep you awake enough to hear more.
  2. He is a highly intelligent individual, and if you look hard enough you will find material that you cannot find anywhere else.
  3. If you have even half a brain, it is very simple to ignore the bits you aren’t interested in and pursue the bits you are.
  4. Wolfe can be quite lazy, and can fail to take some elements seriously.  That appears to be my job, and I am guilty of lack of self-belief, even now.  He is busy marketing, and that is fine with me.
  5. Once you consider the matter of how knowledge has been annexed for the purposes of making pharmaceutical companies the font of all belief, you cannot believe how stupid it has made even high level medical staff.  I was confronted by a consultant telling me she did not believe in science that she had not even seen a year ago.  This statement is in itself unscientific and evidence of dogmatic education.  Thus big pharma has even infiltrated education to the point of religious mania, which is exceptionally dangerous, especially coupled with the fervor for social engineering in the form of  killing entire sectors of the population in the UK.  An example of this would be the deaths from Alzheimer’s in Scotland going up by 31% in one year.  That is not a natural event.
  6. Much of Wolfe’s work is given for nothing, and I cannot say that he has been at all mean about distribution.  His work on motivating people to consider taking care of themselves is outstanding, and free. Any self-respecting doctor will tell you how difficult it is to motivate patients.  I struggle with this side of things even with myself as an example.
  7. If you also factor in Wolfe’s less witting work on opening you up to consider the matter of personal confidence, which is also free, you start to understand just how hard the dude has worked.

I think that’s enough.  I am not weeping. (yay)

I still haven’t managed to write the thing I wanted to write today, but I hope that is a reasonably succinct snapshot of 9 years of intensive self-work that I only did because I wanted to some day be adequate. (spoke too soon, you’re an asshole, Wolfe.)






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Hindu and seeking publicity?

I’m going to be looking for a male Hindu that wants some publicity in a few months, so if anyone knows one, please get him to email. I don’t care what age you are, what sexuality, or what you look like.  All of those things are pretty irrelevant, to be honest.  A story would be nice, but again, I just need a nice Desi boy really.

It is a long story, but I’m making probably my most ambitious piece of work yet, inspired by some dude that objects to his name being used, even though it means nothing to anyone.  Going by some of the stuff he has said in the past, he is likely to use it to attack me, so I obviously cannot link it to him. I don’t know why he is like that, but I suspect somebody stupid implied he would get something out of it.  In any case I wouldn’t trust him now even if he said it was okay, which is a shame because I was fond of him, but he apparently didn’t appreciate me terribly much. It is very sad that I have to think like this, but I don’t see any option.

I did try doing a few posts to see what the hit pattern was like, and it doesn’t look as if anything has changed, so either we do it this way, or I will ask my friends on facebook to find someone in India.

I do like to have a name on my pieces, as you can see from the website, so if you like very strange furniture – it is adapted from the idea of an egg chair and will be very, very lush in terms of colour and texture, please get in touch and let’s have a chat before the design is finalized.




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Commiserations Boris and Jacob

We’re stuck with it, although very much like the Brexit vote itself, the confidence vote might change the direction of things somewhat, so you could argue it is a success.

It is unfortunate that we seem to suffer from a lack of political flexibility in this country, to the point that even career politicians cannot separate the ‘good’ from the ‘good for me.’

I think a nice succinct bit of economic history education might be a good idea, since nobody appears to have any.  It is extremely tiresome explaining conservative history to people when I am not even a conservative.

I am not sure why 60 odd percent of the party don’t do any reading, or if they do they don’t seem to understand how to interpret the information.  This is not a small issue, and I am starting to see strong similarities with New Labour, which is not a good thing really.

I am also getting a bit tired of seeing the old guard Thatcherites defending Remain when it involves running a deficit forever.  I am tired of seeing people getting killed. This just isn’t working, and I am not sure why resistance to change is so much more powerful than allowing business to restructure the economy to bring us closer to ‘ignition.’  Should I bother explaining how the machine works?  They would probably pretend not to understand anyway.

Sorry I have not been doing much serious writing of late, I have been messing around with ephemera. I ‘m also a bit lonely at present, hence poking my stalker with a stick for rather dull amusement.

All I can say is consolidate and capitalise, and see how far we can push back.  I will give it some more thought.

Good luck,


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Egg show on the road

Uff, since last night I have had a lot of shifts dumped on me, so I guess this chair will be well underway by January since that is what I am most interested in doing whilst sitting in the car.

I would suggest you leave this on headphones whilst doing something else, it is very long.

Did a long religious text today, it was extremely tiresome listening to Americans at a waterfall discussing futile aspects of metaphysics.  They really are tiresome.

Went to the supermarket last night.   I have been studiously eyeing up Indian dudes since I met Staring Brat 2 in an effort to figure out why I was so unusually assertive about him.  I’m usually a very cautious and shy person, especially as I do not trust people at all any more. You can make all the excuses for them you like, most people are basically quite shitty and have very little to nothing in their heads.  That was not news in the case of the staring brats.

Anyway I met the eye of a new age Indian dude in his 20s with a man bun.  This is the first one that had something like the whatever-it-is. Otherwise he was unremarkable and not somebody I would even notice, and I’m sure the feeling is mutual. We both duly scuttled off to a different shelf.  He looked a bit less married, but otherwise I am not really into chasing dudes around a supermarket. Interesting though that we both did the same searching thing before moving on.

I am into the Shiva moment now on the egg, so a lot of serpents will be involved in the next day or so.  It is very big, and very tiring and I am glad of my sunroof in trying to coordinate it.

Live show tomorrow.  Also appearing intermittently over the festive period.  I am sure it will gain more colour in due course but at the moment it looks like a piece of crap, which I am sure is quite appropriate.

Toodle pip,




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Working from bed

Oddly I measured up my work, and I had somehow managed to calculate the exact centre of my work despite the fabric being incorrect.  I am astonished.  So a rather violent flower that I was using as a center of the seat, which should have been entirely incorrect, after I corrected the fabric anomalies, was in the right place.

This is not the first time I have somehow managed to do something like this.  I frequently find that if I am using one colour, I calculate exactly the correct amount without having to think about it.  I guess at least I am good at something.

Right now, the piece is looking dreadful.  This is normal.  I also have a stack of half finished handbags, and the shoes are still in the early stages.  I have an awful lot of work to do before I start on the more serious books.

I am also waiting for the American Tax Office to get back to me, which takes some weeks.  This is a bore, but I do have to reshoot a lot of the artwork for the higher resolution print covers and do some editing, so I have a lot of work to do to make Ina work properly as I was more concerned with getting started at all for the first few years.  It is not a good idea to fanfare when there is so much to learn at once.

I have another story to write about last summer.  It is not directly related to the Brats.  I do not know why this has caused quite so much trauma creativity.  I guess I was feeling particularly raw because of my mother.

I think I may also write about the disaster that came before it, which is an interesting political story.  I will see how I feel, but at least I am developing good habits.

I cannot tell you how nice it is to actually learn something as I work, and how nice it is to work without having to deal with more numpties.  I would like to meet someone that is relatively pleasant reasonably soon, however, so I am looking into doing some public speaking in a different industry sector, just to develop some useful skills.

Life is rather uphill for the next month or two, just to get a couple of things out and available, and I am effectively launching three businesses over the next few months, although I plan to make them rather low key, so it is neither an expensive nor loud operation.  I have taken to pottering rather than yelling, and then seeing how things go.  It may seem crazy in this day and age, but I prefer to make mistakes quietly.

I will return to the egg show at the weekend, but until then I will be tucked up in bed working on some international stuff.  It is not nearly as glamorous as it sounds.

I am so sick of BS. I don’t see why life should be difficult or complicated.  I find it quite simple.


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Slow Handclap

Rather tedious day in which I did a lot of stitching and felt rather fed up with this enormous chair.  It will require a lot more work to get to the correct dimensions.  I do not currently think that it is worth the effort or the exorbitant amount of wool, to be honest.

Providing a lot of folksy entertainment in Finnieston as I do it.  I am not sure if the ladies of the red light district are aware of it, but sewing seems to intoxicate men to the point of them making several visits to watch some woman in a car  in the course of her day.

Wondering whether I should turn it into performance art, but I might actually have to speak to someone to do that.

Can’t be bothered even getting annoyed at the usual BS from SB2.  There is something seriously wrong with you to be so full of bile.



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The Problem with Banking

The problem with banking is that it requires only followers.  I am not sure how you expect to run efficiently with no leaders.

Without exception every team leader and manager I have met this year has been extremely mean spirited, thoughtless and inefficient.  This is not how to run any kind of business, never mind a business where working within strict guidelines and communication is so important.

I am done with it personally, it is not the fault of any of these people that this industry is in such a cripplingly bad state.

I welcome the disruption of Brexit.  It might actually force things to improve.  As it stands, this is the worst run part of the UK,  because it has been safe for so long.

Also, I have noticed since my hop and skip through the business, is that it is ass-backwards in terms of risk management.  I am not sure why the back end is so tightly managed that nobody is either happy or capable of any initiative, and yet the front facing end, which has by far the highest cost-risk implication is run as if it is of slightly less consequence than the average wine bar.

Please do continue to take on stupid inane people who can’t see beyond the end of their nose, and take an industrial scale nosedive, because frankly this business has so much money that they actively seek ways of disposing of it.  The people who benefit from this are largely very dull witted and there is no way of saving the industry as a result.

There are people starving to death in this country whilst you piss money at the nearest wall.  Personally I look forward to the long awaited reset of wealth and economic reshuffle which we sorely need in the UK and the rest of the western world.

That was a nice break, I think I will go and do some real work with some real people who aren’t closet racist/sexist, closed minded twats with no life to speak of.

For the benefit of my readers, I am doing some editing as I notice my ‘type fast and throw it at you’ technique is not so good for the reader.  Sorry about that, but it takes some front to put the stuff out there, so I tend to work too fast. I don’t enjoy quite a bit of what I do.



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