Limits to Netflix — MMM #17

Thomas Konings
3 min readMay 2, 2022


Hi there,

I’ve had a busy week full of meetings, catching up with family, and writing an essay for my supply chain course. Today’s newsletter will be a bit stripped down and more a collection of links I’ve found this week, next week will be back to normal :)

📃In today’s mashup:

  • ⭐Highlight: Limits to Netflix — how Netflix lost subscribers
  • 🌐Web: Elon Musk at TED, about Twitter, innovation, and why we should be optimistic about the future
  • 🌍Geopolitics: China’s zero-covid and the fear of failure
  • 🎁Extra: Digital competition to Money — MIT
  • ⏭️Next

Have a great week!

⭐Highlight: Limits to Netflix

Netflix broke the internet last week by losing subscribers (!) prompting the company to announce a new “basic” subscription that has ads (it’s really starting to look like cable). The streaming firm also announced a decrease in marketing staff and more reforms. Check out the article by Vulture below for more background on the story.

Netflix’s Bad Habits Have Caught Up With
Netflix is facing its largest crisis in over a decade. Streaming industry analyst Joe Adalian reviews the app and breaks it all down in his Buffering interview.

🌐Web: Elon Musk at TED

Partly due to social media and our ability to hear stories from all over the world, it seems like we’re in a dark place but humanity has never been doing better. Elon Musk gave an interview at the Tesla Texas Gigafactory covering his view on innovation, humanity, and why we should be optimistic about the future. Check it out below.

Elon Musk: A future worth getting excited about | TED | Tesla Texas Gigafactory
What’s on Elon Musk’s mind? In this exclusive conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he’s working on — T…

🌍Geopolitics: China’s zero-covid, fear of failure

Omicron seems to have China’s zero-covid policy beat. With increasing case number now also seen in the country’s capital city of Beijing another draconic lockdown of millions of people seems inevitable. You can find FTs coverage on the political and economical side of things first, with the freely accessible Forbes article below.

Zero-Covid pride of China’s ‘big leader’ threatens economic
Zero-Covid pride of China’s ‘big leader’ threatens economic fall

🎁Extra: Digital competition to Money — MIT

A really in-depth article about the evolution of money by MIT Technology Review. An interesting read if you have the time!

Money is about to enter a new era of competition | MIT Technology
Money is one of humankind’s most remarkable innovations. It makes it possible to trade products and services across great geographic distances, between people who may not know each other and have no particular reason to trust each other. It can even be used to transfer wealth and resources over time. Without money, trade and commerce — all…


I’ve just finished an essay on the impact of COVID-19 on semiconductor supply chain, also known as the “chip shortage”. I’ll be releasing a stream of articles over the coming weeks based on what I’ve learned (it’s not what you’d expect).

Have a great week!



Thomas Konings

MSc in Management (MiM) student at London School of Economics, MSc Finance from RSM, seeking to connect Finance & Management for better decision-making.