the Good Ol' Days
Their logo have made history the wrong way. Today they make a strong statement on any goodies you could possibly imagine. From the real (and oh-so expensive) memorabilia to the after-the-fall fan-art, here is our selection of amazing presents for the connoisseur and the hipster.
Enron Corporation was an American energy, commodities, and services company based in Houston, Texas. Before its bankruptcy on December 3, 2001, Enron employed approximately 29,000 staff and was a major electricity, natural gas, communications and pulp and paper company, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion during 2000. Fortune named Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" for six consecutive years. At the end of 2001, it was revealed that Enron's reported financial condition was sustained by an institutionalized, systemic and creatively planned accounting fraud. Enron has since become a well-known example of willful corporate fraud and corruption. The scandal also brought into question the accounting practices and activities of many corporations in the United States and was a factor in the enactment of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002. The scandal also affected the greater business world by causing the dissolution of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, which had been Enron's main auditor for years.
Since its fall, Enron has become a synonym of corporate greed, so the bitter irony of its 2000 Code of Ethics has made it an iconic document which price can go pretty high for original copies.
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was a global financial services firm founded in 1847. Before filing for bankruptcy in 2008, Lehman was the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States (behind Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch), with about 25,000 employees worldwide. On September 15, 2008, the firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the exodus of most of its clients, drastic losses in its stock, and devaluation of assets by credit rating agencies, largely sparked by a loss of confidence, Lehman's involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis, and its exposure to less liquid assets. Lehman's bankruptcy filing is the largest in US history, and is thought to have played a major role in the unfolding of the financial crisis of 2007–2008. The market collapse also gave support to the "Too big to fail" doctrine.
We have no idea why associating a typical GenY (failed) entrepreneur with a 90s design, but the result is pretty cool. Elizabeth Holmes was the CEO of Theranos, a now-defunct health technology company. Theranos soared in valuation after the company claimed to have revolutionized blood testing by developing testing methods that could use surprisingly small volumes of blood, such as from a fingerprick. By 2015, Forbes had named Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America, on the basis of a $9-billion valuation of her company. The next year, following revelations of potential fraud about Theranos' claims, Forbes had revised its published estimate of Holmes' net worth to zero, and Fortune had named her one of the "World's Most Disappointing Leaders".
Give your baby the best entrepreneurial start in life with this Theranos one-piece. Elizabeth Holmes had founded Theranos at the very young age of 19 while dropping out of Stanford University. As such, the Silicon Valley unicorn was the symbol of baby entrepreneurs, those who would raise millions and change the world before coming of age.
Go on a picnic with style using this (original?) Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities cooler bag. Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff is an American financier who executed the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars over the course of at least 17 years, and possibly longer. He was also a pioneer in electronic trading and chairman of the Nasdaq in the early 1990s.
Lie, steal, cheat, win!
Christmas is all about family gathering, board games are back in trend, and playing is a well-known technique to learn and grow. Three perfect reasons to indulge in our short selection of recent or adorably vintage games. Have fun!
Fraud, The Game of White-Collar Crime is a hilarious, fast-paced, take that style card game for 2-6 players or teams that satirizes corporate greed and white-collar criminals. As a crooked CEO of a phony corporation, your mission is to collect and bank Asset and Liability Cards in your Offshore Account. Play Fraud Cards to attack your opponents, use Defense Cards to fend off attacks and avoid collecting Indictments. The player who first banks $150 million dollars before receiving their 3rd indictment wins the game.
Players move around the board buying and selling shares of stock in eight corporations. News headlines and random events impact the price of the stocks daily. The player with the most money after 24 days (rounds) wins. A 1969 board game with no fraud aspect in it, except, well... that it's Wall Street.
Anti-Monopoly is a board game made by San Francisco State University Professor Ralph Anspach in response to Monopoly. The idea of an anti-monopoly board game dates to 1903 and the original Monopoly created by Lizzie Magie. Anspach created Anti-Monopoly in part as a response to the lessons taught by the mainstream game, which he believed created the impression that monopolies were something desirable. His intent was to demonstrate how harmful monopolies could be to a free-enterprise system, and how antitrust laws work to curtail them in the real world.
The game was originally to be produced in 1973 as Bust the Trust, but the title was changed to Anti-Monopoly. It has seen multiple printings and revisions since 1973. This version here is the original one!
Based on the textbook example of financial scams, "Ponzi Scheme" is the term used to describe the technique Charles Ponzi employed in 1919 to operate one of the most notorious financial frauds in history.
In Ponzi Scheme, players are scammers trying to trick investors into funding fraudulent investments with the promise of extremely high returns. You need elaborate trading skills to keep your operation afloat as long as possible, and as time goes on the dividends you need to pay every turn will only pile higher and higher! When someone declares bankruptcy, the remaining fraudster who forged the biggest shell corporation wins the game!