This week, we look at a few emerging threads. At this stage, it is unclear what pattern they will form when the threads are pulled together.

Investors need to start thinking about what this may mean for business and product development, and for the sustainability of existing business models. The first thread starts with the American mega-company Amazon. Mega is not a sufficient superlative to describe this behemoth. According to some estimates, Amazon is worth more than the total value of the Australian economy. Amazon’s net worth is probably even larger than the economy of the entire African continent.

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