LOST GENERATION 1

Seriously now, does anyone really know what they’re doing?

Every day, one is inundated with, whether you want to or not, information about new business start-ups, old businesses being taken over, then being bought back, mentions of people making millions and billions, others losing millions and billions, and everything fanned and fueled by the usual suspects of pontificators and wannabe movers and shakers who get their information through google and second and third hand gossiping.

LOST GENERATION 2

It’s all clutter, it’s white noise, and it’s all bullshit: No one knows what they’re doing because maybe there’s nothing left TO do, or, like music, all the great songs have been written, and in business, everything worth doing has been done and what’s been done these days is regurgitating one-time unique ideas- but in mediocre ways.

LOST GENERATION 3

Walking through Hong Kong and seeing street after street of empty restaurants, it doesn’t take an Einstein to ask one’s self, How do these people make any money?

LOST GENERATION 4

Celebrity chefs, fusion restaurants, so-called “name” entrepreneurs, boutique restaurants, hotel bars and lounges- you name it and nothing and no one is what they seem.

Behind every successful man is a woman- usually, a mistress- and behind every business is always the hint of a con and nothing as creative as The Sting.

LOST GENERATION 5

Again, I repeat, no one knows what they’re doing and despite all the changes, these are cosmetic changes and bandages put on ailing businesses to ease the bleeding, but never ever curing the terminal disease.

LOST GENERATION 6

Why? Lack of creativity and a total lack of business sense.

Instead, it’s the blind leading the blind traveling show led by packs of lemmings.

LOST GENERATION 7

Listen to all the “news” and it gives you a fucking big headache.

David Tang has opened a new restaurant. So what? Maybe his great friend Sarah Ferguson will work in the kitchen? Surely, this forgotten woman of the social world, and global embarrassment, needs a gig- any gig?

LOST GENERATION 8

Harlan what’s-his-name has opened up a new restaurant?

Isn’t he always opening up some new restaurant with other people’s money and just how successful are these?

LOST GENERATION 9

How successful is ANYTHING? Really successful? Other than the Hong Kong Jockey Club, not much, brother.

Look at- and it’s a particular bitch- ‘live’ music in hotel lounges: It’s all crap because it’s an outdated business model where the same old booking agents manage to sell hoteliers, who are way too lazy in their thinking, either aging lounge acts or musical caricatures of lounge acts.

LOST GENERATION 10

Who makes an effort to watch or listen to these acts? Very few.

It’s muzak- but, with some thought, it need not be.

It’s coming to the end of 2014 and these lounge acts remain with more musical doodling mislabeled as “jazz” with the- yawn- same old repertoire, and same old schtick presented to an audience desperately wanting something new.

LOST GENERATION 11

But, this dated thinking is stopping those who have the power to change things from progressing as they simply don’t know what to do other than repeat what has been done before.

LOST GENERATION 12

It’s the Peter Principle and it applies to so many businesses- perhaps all- where incompetence is promoted and rewarded, and sub-standard products- bars, restaurants, apps, saps, much of the retail business and everything in-between-is heaped on consumers spoilt for choice and where over-supply hasn’t a hope in hell of meeting demand.

LOST GENERATION 13