Elon Musk is a visionary of our times. In the book 'Zero to One', a famous question goes by: What is something you think is true , but that most people disagree with you on?
People used to be skeptical about Musk's ideas and initiatives. However, he pioneered e-payments (with paypal), space travel (with Space X), solar energy (with Solar City) and the electric cars (with Telsa). While the Hyperloop project is still in a infancy nascent stage, it is definitely 'gaining traction' to be a potential gamechanger in the way people travel.
Beyond dollars and cents, Google represents smart money. Going forward, if its AI technological expertise can be well-integrated into Lyft, perhaps for driverless cars, it could very well be a game changer as bulk of Uber's expenses are being spent on recruiting and incentivizing its drivers.
Beyond investments, Temasek and EDBi often have agenda to also bring knowledge and technology from its investee companies back to the home country, Singapore. The island state can be a gateway for future expansion into Southeast Asia and also provide high-end precision manufacturing and research expertise for ML.
The investment by Carlyle into Supreme is ultimately a business decision, which entails exit. Perhaps growing the brand for a trade sale to other luxury conglomerates or IPO. It will interesting to observe how both entities eventually move to that stage. Also, how will the investment amount eventually be used? Logistics? More brick and mortar stores? If so, will it contravene the idea of 'limited distribution'?
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