Soccer fans around the world were shocked on Sunday when major European soccer teams announced plans to disrupt century-old traditions. Twelve of Europe’s biggest and wealthiest clubs vocalized intentions to break away from the established soccer fixture to form a midweek “Super League”. The new league would rival the Champions League, one of the biggest club tournaments in football, controlled by the UEFA.

The teams leading the charge are iconic names you’ve heard of before, across United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain — think Real Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, and Manchester United. Under the proposed announcement, the Super League will offer permanent…


Globally millions of people are waiting to return to normalcy, but for many that may not mean going back to an office. With roughly half of the world’s population on lockdown the pandemic is shining a spotlight on remote work. The entirety of the workforce that can work remotely is doing so. Companies have, perhaps for the first time, been exposed to a new world of processes and technology adoption to keep their business functioning as normal.

Before coronavirus, many companies have been hesitant to let employees work from home (WFH), but this unexpected event has certainly proved the resilience…


As New Yorkers make their way through the city streets, there’s one thing they’ll never escape: scaffolding — often referred to as “Sidewalk Sheds”. Call it an eyesore, a way to stay dry in the winter, or a massive inconvenience, scaffolding has proven to have significant consequences on NYC city-siders. Not only does it detract from the beauty of the historic buildings, but it also threatens public safety, hurts small businesses, and attracts drug crime. In April 2019, it was reported that there were over 8,300 scaffolds across the five boroughs, amounting to roughly 300 miles of dimly-lit plywood tunnels.


With Bitcoin reaching all-time highs, it seems timely to write about the world’s best-known cryptocurrency and the influence the pandemic has had on the asset.

COVID-19 turned the status quo on its head with many businesses and industries sadly folding. The world’s largest financial institutions have seen their valuations plummet; yet, the world of digital finance has encountered a landmark year, especially for major companies offering cashless payment methods. …


The retail industry has undergone a significant transformation over the past decade, and it continues to evolve quickly. With physical retail in the spotlight in recent times, many retailers now agree the solution to bring customers back into stores — especially after remaining closed for most of the year — lies in experiential retail.

The emergence of experiential retail has been a saving grace keeping physical stores alive. …


Cruise ships made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the early days of the novel coronavirus. As the world watched from afar, cruise ship passengers lined their balconies, awaiting a return to a land quite changed from the one they left.

The 2020s were meant to be a boom decade for cruises. Nineteen new ships worth an estimated $9bn were set to start touring the world this year alone. Many of the major cruise liner company stock prices were at (or near) all-time highs. The demand for cruising reached new heights with 32 million passengers expected to sail in…


Australia has started the new decade with angst as unprecedented bushfires continue to engulf the country. The bushfires have been raging since July and have burnt over 25.5m acres (an area larger than South Korea), destroyed over 3,000 homes, and killed over 1 billion animals and 33 people. The below graphic reveals the scale of Australia’s fires. This graphic reveals the scale of Australia’s fires.

Although ruinous fires aren’t new in Australia, extreme conditions — a combination of extreme heat, prolonged drought, and strong winds — have shaped these fires as the most intense in the country’s history.

As we…


If you have been holding a grudge against bees since your last sting, it’s time to let it go, especially if you’re someone who enjoys smashed avocado and coffee in the morning. It’s no secret that bee populations around the world are in decline. However, what’s also no secret is that the potential extinction of these little buzzers would have massive implications for our own existence.

For over a decade, beekeepers, across Europe and the United States, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher. Bees have been the dominant pollinator for decades, but since the new…


After the 2008 financial crisis, the private aviation industry came to a grinding halt, as individuals and corporations looked to sell their fleets of private planes to re-balance expense accounts and satisfy shareholders. However, a decade later the private aviation is flying again for several reasons.

Like all other modes of transportation that have been hit with disruption, the private aviation industry is no exception. This is seen through the influx of private flight chartering companies attempting to ‘democratize’ the industry and entice commercial jet-setters over to the more affluent private jet lifestyle, even if they are not of millionaire…


These days, most of us are growing more conscious of the food we are putting in our bodies — but the same is not always said for wine. Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wine is catching the attention and recognition of the wine industry at large. There is a growing number of vintners producing their wine devoid of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, in an effort to increase longevity, maintain a natural chemical balance, and look after the precious soils. According to Forbes, the sustainable wine industry is booming with forecasted sales to top 1 billion bottles by 2022.

However, sustainable wine…

Hamish Baillieu

Investor | Startups | Sustainability | Always Curious

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