Episode 137: 5th November 2020

Anders Holch Povlsen, Irrepressible, AI writers, brand name verbs and cyber threats

If you are a regular visitor/listener to The Business Community it is possible you found us via well known search engine. A resource that has a name synonymous with searching the internet of things. Google is a brand name that has transcended, albeit reluctantly, to being a verb hence the term ‘to google it’. This isn’t the first time a brand name or label has been adopted into the English language to represent an action, a type of product or article and this week we discuss how these things come about. From Biro to Hoover and from Jacuzzi to Sellotape we chat about what turns out to be a massive subject.  And if you’d like to know more then this article from Business Insider has some interesting stories to share.

In other news Heather gets freaked out by an article in The Guardian which has been written by a robot whilst Tracy sticks with the AI/Cyber security threat that we all face and shares details of an article in which we learn about some of the greatest cyber threats of 2020.

Our review this week is of a book that caught our eye because of who had been asked to write the foreword. Paul McGee (aka The SUMO Guy) congratulates us on making  a wise purchase and we are inclined to agree with him. In Irrepressible author Cathy Madavan encourages us to explore our who, what, why, when, where and how with regard to our life journey and much of what she says transfers perfectly to the world of business.

And finally, our profile this week takes a look at the life and times of Danish billionaire and Scotland’s largest landowner Anders Holch Povlsen. With much of his wealth amassed through the fashion industry Povlsen is also philanthropic in his love of nature and invests in both Scotland and Romania to preserve wildlife. His business interests include Bestseller, Asos, Jack & Jones and Vero Moda.

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