The subscriber only Odd Lots newsletter that @tracyalloway and I write each week is now available on the web.

I teased ahead to Monday's episode, which is all about Dutch lithography giant $ASML

@tracyalloway I keep going back to @hassankhan point. Politicians love to fetishize R&D and science. But for some of the most cutting edge technologies, what's unique is not the scientific breakthrough per se, but simply the ability to coordinate supply chains and manufacturing ops at scale.
This is also something that @danwwang talks a lot about, the unduplicable, tacit knowledge that can only come about from doing something and getting better at doing it over and over and over again
@danwwang You can't solve these problems just by throwing money at them. And you can't just hire the #2 person at ASML or TSMC or whatever and think they'll give you the secret sauce.

Anyway, I think people will really like Monday's episode with @crmiller1 on ASML.
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BTW, one of the cool things we learned in our discussion with @crmiller1 is a crucial component to one of these ASML EUV lithography machines is a mirror that is the smoothest surface in the world. haythink.com/news/detail.as…
Speaking of Carl Zeiss -- the maker of the smoothest surface in the world -- hello. Probably gotta be a future subject of an episode. (I think @lhamtil is the only person I've seen on here talk about this stock)

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