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Notes from Underground: Steve O'Hara v Kylie Jenner

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 15 July 2018


Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.


There was a lot of huffing and puffing this week as Forbes magazine published this piece on the business fortunes of 20 year-old American reality TV personality Kylie Jenner. Forbes declares Jenner the worlds youngest self-made billionaire based on the success of her cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics.

This billion dollar company as just t seven full-time and five part-time employees, the e-commerce and fulfilment is outsourced to Shopify  (NYSE: SHOP) and the manufacturing of the cosmetics are outsourced to Spatz Laboratories, which built its business manufactuing L'Oreal products.

But where had I heard this tiny-business/big-marketcap/outsource-everything from before? It was Steven O'Hara's Optibiotix (OPTI) presentation at the UK Investor Show City Forum last week. During the Q&A, an audience member asked O'Hara how Optibiotix could conduct so much research and business with only six full time employees. O'Hara stated that all the research and development is contracted out, mostly to university labs, to Optibiotix's direction. Let them pay for the overhead and equipment, he believed.

But don't expect O'Hara to star in any ITV (ITV) reality show soon.

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The first non-Tom story is Sunday shocker: I agree with the Wail on Sunday re a 'dark horse' by Chris Bailey at a terrific #2. 

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This column itself made it to a terrible #60. 

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Our top 10 most-read stories this week were:

  1. Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon puts wretched traitor Theresa May straight on Brexit and business
  2. Sunday shocker: I agree with the Wail on Sunday re a 'dark horse'
  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Putting on a smart shirt as the van speeds away
  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel (including Daily Mail journalists)
  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Led badly astray by Evil Banksta and remoaniac Brexit loathing loon Jonathan Price
  6. Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks visit Manchester slums - caption contest (deadline midnight)
  7. Video: Steve O'Hara of Optibiotix presents and quizzed at UK Investor City Event Monday
  8. Photo Gallery of last night's City event with Nigel Wray & Optibiotix - this is what you missed 
  9. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Evil makes £25k betting AGAINST England, Telit - the numbers don't stack up
  10. Julie Meyer MBE caught telling high profile lies ( again) about her failing FTE2018 conference in Croatia


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