Provocation # 61
I find it puzzling that companies can create billionaires based on a product that requires
1. Government paid-for patents
2. Millions of customers who are co-creators of the wealth but don’t participate in the profit generated
Google for example relies on customers that were trained in educational institutions others paid for, and are empowered, through jobs, transportation, living, to be able to participate in google as customers, yet google doesn’t have to pay for any of it.
I am putting it kind of simple mindedly to bring out the need for rethink this arrangement which is at the core of differences in wealth outcomes.
It might even be the place where rethinking could solve the problems. Accurate accounting for who pays that leads to product success.