We’re all well aware of the way that Netflix has reshaped the entertainment business model. After effectively killing its largest competitor, Blockbuster, the company has experienced seemingly endless growth. It went public on May 23, 2002, and if you had invested $990 on its IPO you would have amassed over $310,000 today. But right now, a new direct-to-consumer entertainment service is on the horizon. Disney just released more information about its plans to launch a new streaming service. Could it give Netflix a run for its money? D.R. weighs in… Click here to watch.
Of the many excellent Geico commercials featuring the cheeky little gecko with his Aussie accent, one of my favorites remains “Small New York Apartment“, where the door of the gecko’s “spacious” pad opens to reveal a giant human face and a Chinese food delivery that takes up most of the living room.
As a one-time would-be zoologist, with a special interest in reptiles, I have a soft spot for this little fellow no matter which commercial he’s in…
“Reptiles” magazine struggles to identify him, noting that he seems to be a composite of several species. His coloring looks more like the giant day gecko, while his head shape calls the Australian Oedura gecko to mind. The magazine observes, “Curiously, the Geico gecko never turns his back to the audience to give us a good look at his complete dorsal surface. That would help to identify him, but I guess it would be considered rude for such a friendly, anthropomorphic icon.”
Whatever his ancestry, this friendly little lizard serves not only as the face of a spectacular growth company, but also a symbol of the relationship between two of America’s greatest investing legends, Warren Buffett and his mentor, Benjamin Graham.