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  • #76
    Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

    Originally posted by EJ View Post
    Here's another: In-home exercise as a substitute for health clubs.

    This story behind the rise of Peloton's stock price as the markets tumbled held up for the first few days of the correction last week:

    Coronavirus gives Peloton shares a workout

    Then investors started to price in recession; Peloton may let you avoid the risk of infection at the gym and exercise safely at home but a $2,400 bike and $40/month subscription is not a viable substitute for the $80 initiation fee and $62/month of a typical club membership (pricing based on Lifetime Fitness, the mid-market health club leader in the US).

    VirZOOM's VZfit also lets you exercise at home, and is immersive, transporting you from your location (e.g., in quarantine) and into bright VR worlds to engage in fun activities. A $75.00 motion sensor attaches to any stationary bike with a $10/mo. content access fee, is both an in-home exercise alternative to health clubs and a low cost health club substitute at once.

    Our daily unit sales recently tripled. Mostly US-based customers, with a significant uptick in orders from COVID-19 effected areas: France, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, etc.
    What a stunningly misguided post: Peloton has achieved a level of success that Virzoom can only dream of and will never ever remotely match.

    EJ, instead of quoting potentially misleading "daily unit sales" growth, why don't you share with us standard financial information about Virzoom and let us decide about its performance?

    Virzoom is a terribly flawed idea and no amount of Covid-19 will change that.

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    • #77
      Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

      Originally posted by LargoWinch View Post
      What a stunningly misguided post: Peloton has achieved a level of success that Virzoom can only dream of and will never ever remotely match.

      EJ, instead of quoting potentially misleading "daily unit sales" growth, why don't you share with us standard financial information about Virzoom and let us decide about its performance?

      Virzoom is a terribly flawed idea and no amount of Covid-19 will change that.
      My understanding of the underlying reason for the success of Peloton is that they have, for some considerable time now, been spending a fortune on marketing; particularly TV advertising, with advert after advert throughout the evening, and no one needs to tell me that costs a lot of money . . . a lot of money.

      There is a very distinct line between a business led by the likes of EJ, and the likes of a Peloton where, it seems certain, their investors have taken up the challenge to fund a marketing exercise that will lead to dominance in their marketplace. Correct me if I am wrong, there has been no evidence that EJ has asked anyone here for that level of funding support. There are always more than one way to look at how to make progress with a new business; some take a much longer, slower view than others. Both can work, both can succeed. Both deserve respect.

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      • #78
        Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

        Would you be so kind to explain me a little bit why the idea of Virzoom is flawed? Thank you in advance.

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        • #79
          Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

          Originally posted by LargoWinch View Post
          What a stunningly misguided post: Peloton has achieved a level of success that Virzoom can only dream of and will never ever remotely match.

          EJ, instead of quoting potentially misleading "daily unit sales" growth, why don't you share with us standard financial information about Virzoom and let us decide about its performance?

          Virzoom is a terribly flawed idea and no amount of Covid-19 will change that.
          Private companies do not publish their financials. One of the advantages of being private over public is that you can avoid sharing information that competitors can use against you. To protect the company and investors, we do not and should not publish these. We issue detailed, confidential financials to our investors quarterly, and share these with prospective investors under NDA. We felt comfortable sharing the unit sales growth rate because it reveals growth without disclosing financial information that is inappropriate to share on a public forum.

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          • #80
            Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

            Come on EJ are we "Here" yet?

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            • #81
              Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

              Originally posted by LargoWinch View Post
              What a stunningly misguided post: Peloton has achieved a level of success that Virzoom can only dream of and will never ever remotely match.

              EJ, instead of quoting potentially misleading "daily unit sales" growth, why don't you share with us standard financial information about Virzoom and let us decide about its performance?

              Virzoom is a terribly flawed idea and no amount of Covid-19 will change that.
              1. never is an exceedingly long time

              2.Turns out Peloton is burning cash as quickly as its users burn calories. ... In its fiscal 2018 year, which ended just two months after that interview, on June 30, Pelotonposted a net loss of $47.9 million. In fact, according to its S-1, Peloton posted net losses for the past eight consecutive quarters.Aug 28, 2019

              3.virzoom has a MUCH bigger potential market than a $2000 stationary bike.
              Last edited by jk; March 06, 2020, 01:59 PM.

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              • #82
                Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                As a point of interest, the gold:silver ratio is now a whopping 1:96.7 .

                Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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                • #83
                  Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                  Originally posted by jk View Post
                  1. never is an exceedingly long time

                  2.Turns out Peloton is burning cash as quickly as its users burn calories. ... In its fiscal 2018 year, which ended just two months after that interview, on June 30, Pelotonposted a net loss of $47.9 million. In fact, according to its S-1, Peloton posted net losses for the past eight consecutive quarters.Aug 28, 2019
                  Thanks jk, you put it far better than I could. Any fool can burn cash, and doing so does not make for any credibility.

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                  • #84
                    Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                    Originally posted by gugion View Post
                    Great to see you back, EJ. I know "The" virus is the big thing all of a sudden, but for what it's worth, I have a friend who is high up in the dept of health of a major metropolitan US city and when I asked her if we should panic, to summarize she said, "No, people are idiots. Anyone who knows about Coronavirus isn't hysterical". Now that's obviously subjective coming from a science-background and doesn't necessarily capture what might happen on an economic-scale, but my two cents anyway.

                    Also, I'm wondering if this could be the "Ka" in the "Ka-Poom" of The Janszen Scenario? I ask because my personal market analysis indicates that the market isn't necessarily discounting the virus' impact, but instead is discounting a potential Sanders win of the Democratic Primary. Now, personally, I find this low odds, considering I highly doubt an anti-FIRE economy candidate could actually win, but not many thought Trump could win in 2016 and look where we are now. My theory is, if Sanders really does have a shot at the nomination, I fully expect him to defeat Trump in November (I don't think Biden stands a chance). If I were loaded with capital within the FIRE sector and I knew Bernie would be chosen as the Democratic candidate, I would send my money out of the US and hide it. This is the very definition of capital outflow, no? In the Janszen scenario, could this Coronavirus fear be the "Ka" and if Bernie wins, we get a "Poom" when capital flows out of the US, the dollar collapses, and rates rise along with import inflation? Thanks in advance for any insight.
                    Wish I had more time to respond at the level of detail that your thoughtful questions merit, but as is the case for any company CEO at this time, have my hands full managing a business through this crisis.

                    Last week if you run a company in the US, you likely received a notice along these lines:
                    During this time, you may want to review your business continuity plans. For business continuity planning resources, please refer to the CDC and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) websites:

                    CDC: Get Your Workplace Ready for Pandemic Flu and Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
                    FEMA: Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations


                    Start-up management is highly time-intensive under normal circumstances; the CV-19 pandemic is keeping all of us even more busy than usual.

                    Briefly, I want to explain that my 2/20 Tweet warning of a major crisis that is the subject of this thread resulted from independent research over a long period of time, as was the case for previous warnings April 2000 and December 2007. In 2005 I researched global pandemics to get an understanding of how a pandemic in modern times could effect the economy. My take-away was that a new virus that is highly transmissible and unique (zero immunity among the population) could cause a pandemic that at least in one key respect be worse than the 1918 influenza pandemic: rapid spread. The 1918 pandemic occurred before the era of modern transportation. The general population in 2018 was far less mobile than today. Some of the writers I read at the time noted that air travel in particular posed a special risk, as the ideal mechanism for global spread of a new virus. When I learned that mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic CV-19 carriers could infect others, irrespective of fatality rate I knew we were in serious trouble.

                    A college friend who has run ER for a major Boston hospital for 20+ years echoes this NYC hospital doctorís views.

                    Her assessment is that COVID-19 cannot be contained at this stage and is now permanently part of the global virus set and will be with us from here on out. Her immediate concern is that the average 15% of cases that are Serious or Critical will quickly overwhelm ICU capacity in the US if the infection rate continues at the current rate. An emergency conference among Boston hospital ER practitioners called for next week to develop a coordinated strategy, but was cancelled due to concerns that medical staff are already infected, and spreading it among each other at a conference is not going to help matters.

                    This first wave won't be as bad as perennial, professional doomers predict, but politically it could very well prove to be the Trump administrationís Katrina, due to the administration's early response being so clearly disproportionate to obvious risks posed to the US population, as evidenced by the experience of other countries where CV-19 was present before it reached the US.

                    If anything has been learned over the past several months about CV-19, speed is critical.

                    When this is all over, the severity of the outbreak in the US will be blamed on the lack of a rapid and effective initial response by the US administration.

                    If the COVID-19 global pandemic has the economic effect on the US economy that equity and bond prices are now pricing in, whether this results in a Biden or Sanders win is hard to guess at, but logically it favors Sanders because heís made socialized health care a key part of his platform, and serious flaws in the current US healthcare system are being starkly revealed.

                    The COVID-19 pandemic has launched a global health care system effectiveness contest that so far is favoring countries with socialized healthcare systems.

                    Germany is in the lead with 565 cases and 0 fatalities, France with a 1.4% fatality rate, and S. Korea with a 0.7% fatality rate. Skewing these ratios is the rate of testing, with S. Korea far in the lead with free drive-through testing and results in hours, and the US trailing pretty much every country on earth, including Iran and Italy. The US with 232 cases and 14 fatalities is today coming in a 6%, but this ratio may improve as 1,000s of new cases are discovered after large scale testing finally gets underway next week.

                    Some countries can be discounted from the numbers; Russia continues to report single digit cases and zero fatalitiesÖ highly improbable. My Russian friends roll their eyes. Likewise Vietnam, China, etc.

                    Averaging the results worldwide is at this time the best way to normalize for these variables.

                    This site indicates an overall 85%/15% ratio of Mild/Serious or Critical cases. As for fatality rate, other estimates I've seen conflate new cases that have not yet resulted in an outcome with cases that have. CV-19 doesn't immediately result in fatality, so new cases should not be included. If only cases with an outcome are used in the fatality rate calculation, the result is 6%.

                    Itís early days and each county is dealing with the pandemic within the institutional, cultural, historical, and legal frameworks that are unique to each.

                    In Singapore, if you are ordered to stay home, food and other household supplies will be delivered to you every 4 days, and you risk arrest and imprisonment if you fail to comply. In China you will stay where you're told to stay. No one even has to ask what will happen if you don't. Nothing good.

                    Ignorance, misinformation, and a lack of common sense will continue to be the key enemies of progress. Itís astonishing to me that Americans have to be told that face masks donít protect you from illness. Equally astonishing is the advice that Americans not bother wearing masks for this reason. If you've ever traveled to Japan or Taiwan you've seen medical masks worn commonly in public. This isn't to protect the wearer from others but as a courtesy to protect others from the wearer who may have a cold or other infectious disease. This cultural habit may help explain relatively low CV-19 incidence in Japan and Taiwan relative to population size and density to date. Better advice from a public health standpoint is to ask all Americans to wear masks 100% of the time in pubic in case they are infectious but asymptomatic and donít know it.

                    You have to look pretty hard to find reasons to be optimistic about the outcome here in the US. Likely hundreds if not 1,000s of CV-19 carriers have been circulating for weeks, large scale testing is still not underway, and the administration continues to treat the experiences of dozens of other countries as irrelevant to the US, and common sense is still taking a back seat to politics, hysteria and distrust of public institutions amplified by social media.

                    Iran is contemplating use of military force to contain the out-of-control outbreak there:

                    Letís hope that experience doesnít become relevant here.

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                    • #85
                      Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                      a reason to be optimistic:

                      a doctor friend of a doctor friend of mine spent several weeks at lackland afb, caring for the passengers of the diamond princess as well as wuhan evacuees. he described the cruise ship group as essentially geriatric, with a lot of medical comorbidities. he reported that their fatality rate was 1%. in general, he said, people get either no symptoms or the symptoms of a mild cold.

                      the doctors there, chatting among themselves, agreed they's rather get covid-19 than influenza a.

                      i find the diamond princess observations particularly compelling- you have a defined group of highly vulnerable people who have all had a high level of exposure to the virus. this is a natural experiment of the highest order.
                      Last edited by jk; March 06, 2020, 02:24 PM.

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                      • #86
                        Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                        Originally posted by Chris Coles View Post
                        My understanding of the underlying reason for the success of Peloton is that they have, for some considerable time now, been spending a fortune on marketing; particularly TV advertising, with advert after advert throughout the evening, and no one needs to tell me that costs a lot of money . . . a lot of money.

                        ...
                        Everybody knows the reason Peloton is successful because husbands give them as Christmas presents to their trophy wives.

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                        • #87
                          Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                          Originally posted by GRG55 View Post
                          Everybody knows the reason Peloton is successful because husbands give them as Christmas presents to their trophy wives.
                          lol. to keep them trim, of course.

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                          • #88
                            Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                            Originally posted by Down Under View Post
                            Hi GRG55,

                            Thanks very much for your reply, especially as I have little/no insight into the oil sector. I fully understand your caveats, and am glad you restated them. Not just for my benefit but also for others.

                            Since I live in Australia, do you think BHP is worth a look? The other day I had a look at BHP's stock price compared to Suncorp's. By just eye-balling the chart, there appeared to be a strong correlation between the two. Now, of course, I could download the raw data and calculate the correlation, but I'm fairly certain that it would confirm that the correlation is high.

                            Yet another question, what sort of timeframe do you expect to have finished "running the ruler over" the companies you're looking at?

                            Best Regards...
                            BHP is a mining stock, with some oil and gas assets. I can't comment beyond that. It's not a company I have followed for some time.

                            But today is "blood-in-the-streets" time for oil and gas. Time to nibble away and take initial positions in Exxon and BP. Nobody knows where the bottom is, but the multinational oil companies are now being thrown away.

                            The worst forecast I have heard is the C-19 virus will result in China/Asia economic contraction resulting in a permanent 7 million bbl/day decline in oil demand (it took me a whole day to stop laughing).

                            Once again, our media (MSM and social) are overdramatizing this virus. With a 100,000 know cases worldwide in a population of 7 Billion it does not seem to me to be anywhere near as contagious as its made out to be. Even the "hot spot" countries such as Iran and S Korea don't seem to have particularly high known infection rates as a % of population.

                            I am not a medical professional, but I am firmly in the camp this too shall pass and the global economy will expand and the need for energy will be reaffirmed.

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                            • #89
                              Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                              Originally posted by GRG55 View Post
                              Everybody knows the reason Peloton is successful because husbands give them as Christmas presents to their trophy wives.
                              and thanks for the great laugh. Much appreciated.

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                              • #90
                                Re: EJ: The countdown to the next crisis of The System has started.

                                Originally posted by GRG55 View Post

                                But today is "blood-in-the-streets" time for oil and gas. Time to nibble away and take initial positions in Exxon and BP. Nobody knows where the bottom is, but the multinational oil companies are now being thrown away...

                                I am not a medical professional, but I am firmly in the camp this too shall pass and the global economy will expand and the need for energy will be reaffirmed.
                                given that the markets are still plunging, and oil is down 8% [edit 10%] today, why nibble now?

                                i had been nibbling in february in light of the commodities sell off, working up to a 9% position in commodity related stocks. i was thinking that the fed's printing press would soon have to pick up speed and cause prices to start rising.

                                yesterday i decided that we were headed for a worse recession than i'd anticipated, and i sold the majority of my commodity-related positions. today, for the moment at least, i'm feeling glad about that decision.

                                an alternative would be to wait for a bottom to be established and markets to start recovering. you won't catch the bottom but your risk/reward would, i think, be better.

                                in 1929 many who were smart enough to miss the initial crash got destroyed when they bought into the first big relief rally. no harm in waiting, i think.
                                Last edited by jk; March 06, 2020, 03:39 PM.

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