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I’ve been reading a lot about economics of late, including the ability of either countries or regions of the world to skip entire generations of technology when they are already behind.  The clearest example of course is Africa and their phone situation.  In the West, we spent decades installing new trenches and other means to create land lines across the entire country.  In Africa, they weren’t developed enough to do that, instead they skipped that step and have gone straight to cell phones which are both cheaper and more efficient.

I wonder what other businesses might be affected by such a change?  I mean my wine gift basket business isn’t likely to see a huge jump because of changes like that-but might we see similar jumps into mobile internet and public Wi-Fi in some of the capitals of Africa.  How might that situation affect my ability to craft and ship wine and other products into those markets?


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