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Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
Finding ethical alpha using aqal investing
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De-risking early stage investments using integral investing

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  • The dominance of rational thought especially as manifested in science and academia as well as Industrial manufacturing and the rationalization of production. Capitalism, geared towards the calculated, systematic pursuit of profit. Codified law representing the rational organization of justice, nation state, bureaucracy, and separation between private and public spheres. Reason, especially as manifested in science and technology, promised control of nature and social equality. People on the early modern era were convinced that progress in science would bring the solution to all social ills.
    Unfortunately, differentiation led to the disassociation of the value spheres -
    As Max Weber called it the “disenchantment of the world” – the Great Next of Being was denied its validity (Wilber, 1998) – science became the new religion.
    Yet, we find the Great Next of Being in all societies and cultures around the world including in Plato’s Republic: the True the Good and the Beautiful
    Sir Karl Popper’s subjective, cultural, objective
    Juergen Habermas’ Validity Claims: subjective sincerity, inter-subjective justness, objective truth
    Lao Tzu, Confucius, and/or Immanuel Kant’s 3 Critiques: Pure Reason (objective science), Practical Reason (morals), Judgment (aesthetic judgment, art)
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    • 1. © 2014 AQAL Capital. Strictly Confidential. FINDING ETHICAL ALPHA USING INTEGRAL INVESTING METHODS May 12-13, 2014, St. Augustine, Florida Mariana Bozesan, Ph.D., M.S. Head of AQAL Investing Family Office Founder & General Manager, AQAL Capital Club of Rome intl. full member www.AQALcapital.com
    • 2. © 2014 AQAL Capital. Strictly Confidential. THE FUTURE OF RAISING CAPITAL: WHY GP’S AND ASSET MANAGERS MUST NOW EMBRACE HUMANITARIAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK RETURN METRICS Mariana Bozesan, Ph.D., M.S. Head of AQAL Investing Family Office Founder & General Manager, AQAL Capital Club of Rome intl. full member AQALcapital.com
    • 3. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 2 OUTCOMES TODAY Demystifying the landscape of rather confused investors, businesses, and society Understanding the hidden determinants, context, and trends Unleashing the power of the integral model for de-risking early-stage investments
    • 4. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 3 TREND #1: INVESTORS’ CONVERGENCE
    • 5. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 4 TRADITIONAL INVESTING IS CHALLENGED • Financial crisis lead to fear and uncertainty  Falling revenue and margins  Massive capital migration • Frustrated wealth owners losing trust in their asset managers • Alternative and customized investing are on the rise • Traditional investing often focused on short-term profit maximization at the expense of long-term health of global community, culture, environment, ethics, and overall human happiness • Traditional investment metrics often missed sustainable, time- based businesses and responsible investment opportunities • Many traditional asset managers failed to develop a core competency in alternative investing opportunities including impact investing (SRI/RI/ESG) 4 Profit TRADITIONAL INVESTING Profit Metrics e.g. WALL STREET BERKSHIRE- HATHAWAY KKR SEQUOIA CAPITAL Source: Mulcahy, D. & Weeks, B. & Bradley, H. S., (2012, May). We have met the enemy …. And he is us: Lessons learned from twenty years of the Kauffman Foundation’s investments in venture capital funds and the triumph of hope over experience. Kauffman Foundation Research
    • 6. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 5 IMPACT INVESTING IS FRAGMENTED IN TERMS OF MOTIVES AND APPROACH Two types of Investors: 1. Financial (Profit) First Investors  Pursue the optimization of financial returns before having an impact floor  Investors “are not willing to accept lower than market returns as a cost to optimizing social or environmental goods, although they still make a positive impact” 2. Impact (People/Planet) First Investors  Seek to optimize social and environmental impact with a financial floor  For greater impact, investors are willing to accept lower than market financial returns IMPACT INVESTING Sustainability Metrics: ESG Triple Bottom Line Profit People Planet e.g. GRAMEEN BANK TRIODOS BANK GLS BANK BANK SARASIN *Definition after (Eurosif, 2010, p. 7)
    • 7. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 6
    • 8. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 7 The integration between Traditional Investing and Sustainable Impact Investing is needed in order to fulfill the needs of leading edge investors today
    • 9. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 8 AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INVESTING Integral Investing is based on Ken Wilber’s Integral theory that is widely applied in 50 disciplines including science, politics, economics, education, medicine, and business; Ken Wilber is endorsed by Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore, former US President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and is also used i.e. at McKinsey and Company. Source: Wilber, K. (2000). A theory of everything: An integral vision for business, politics, science, and spirituality. Boston: Shambhala. Integral Metrics Planet People Profit Ethics, Ego, Emotions & Consciousness Behavior ExteriorInterior IndividualCollective Culture & Morals INTEGRAL INVESTING AQAL Investing, Natural Investing Profit TRADITIONAL INVESTING Profit Metrics IMPACT INVESTING Profit People Planet Sustainability Metrics ESG, IRIS, SAM Triple Bottom Line e.g. GRAMEEN BANK LGT VENTURE PHILANTHROPY e.g. TRADITIONAL WALL STREET BANKS AND VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS
    • 10. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 9
    • 11. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 10 AWAKENED INVESTORS HAVE APPEARED, OCCUPYING A SPECIFIC POSITIONING AND SHOWING PARTICULAR DRIVERS 10 FINANCIALRETURNS SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, ETHICAL, CULTURAL, & HAPPINESS IMPACT PROFIT FLOOR “FINANCIAL FIRST” IMPACT INVESTORS Optimize financial returns while maintaining an impact floor Philanthropy LOW HIGH LOW HIGH Pure Philanthropy Pure Financial “IMPACT FIRST” IMPACT INVESTORS Optimize social/ environmental impact while maintaining a financial floor INTEGRAL INVESTORS Optimized, risk adjusted financial returns and premium impact returns IMPACTFLOOR
    • 12. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 11 TREND #2: CONVERGENCE OF BUSINESS MODELS
    • 13. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 12 SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROFIT ETHICS EGO EMOTIONS CONSCIOUSNESS BEHAVIOR ExteriorInterior IndividualCollective CULTURE& MORALS PROFIT TRADITIONAL BUSINESSES SOCIAL BUSINESSES INTEGRALLY ACTING BUSINESSES (ESG/PRI DRIVEN ) e.g. DM, Puma, Whole Foods, Patagonia, REI SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL e.g. ENRON BP MONSANTO PHILLIP MORRIS e.g. GRAMEEN BANK OWNERS LGT VENTURE PHILANTHROPY PORTFOLIO COMPANIES BUSINESS INTEGRALIZATION
    • 14. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 13 PREMIUM RETURNS FOR INTEGRALLY ACTING BUSINESSES *Source: Sisodia, R., Sheth, J., Wolfe, D.B. (2007). Firms of endearment: How world-class companies profit from passion and purpose. New Jersey: Wharton School, p. 16; **Source: Mackey, J., & Sisodia, R., (2013). Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the heroic spirit of business. Boston: Harvard Business Press Review. 15 Year 10 Year 5 Year 3 Year Cumulative Annualized Cumulative Annualized Cumulative Annualized Cumulative Annualized FOE Return 1646.1% 21.0% 254.4% 13.5% 56.4% 9.4% 77.4% 21.1% GTG Return 177.5% 7.0% 14.0% 1.3% -35.6% -8.4% -23.2% -8.4% S&P 500 Return 157.0% 6.5% 30.7% 2.7% 15.6% 2.9% 10.3% 3.3% Note: Company returns are total returns with dividends reinvested and compounded** Sample: Whole Foods: +40% Higher ROI than FoEs over 10 years (1800% shareholder value 1995– 2006) Sample: 8.0x higher ROI than market average (S&P 500) over 10 years; and 3.1x higher than GGCs Sample: 3.0x higher ROI than market average (S&P 500) over 15 years GOOD TO GREAT COMPANIES (GGCs) 2002 Nucor; Kimberly-Clark Kroger; Walgreens Wells Fargo; Gillette INTEGRALLY ACTING BUSINESSES DM, REI, The Container Store Entelios AG, Riversimple Stoneyfield Farms, Whole Foods Trader Joe’s; Patagonia FIRMS OF ENDEARMENT (FoEs) 2007* Patagonia Amazon Southwest Airlines IKEA; BMW; eBay, AVEDA
    • 15. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 14 TREND #3: THE EMERGENCE OF SECOND TIER HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS
    • 16. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 15 RATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THE TRUE - SCIENCE - ENLIGHTENMENT ERA DEMOCRACY NATION STATES MODERN MEDICINE SPACE SHUTTLE CIVIL RIGHTS & GREEN MOVEMENT FEMINISM SOCIAL BUSINESS CULTURAL CREATIVES: 25-30% EMOTIONAL ART, VALUES, MORALS, ETHICS THE BEAUTIFUL - ART - INTEGRALLY ACTING HUMANS INTEGRATING HUMANITY’S VALUE SPHERES “DeMedici Effect” in the 21st century THE BEAUTIFUL - ART - THE GOOD - MORALS - THE TRUE - SCIENCE - EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS TO LATER STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
    • 17. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 16 OUTCOMES TODAY Demystifying the landscape of rather confused investors, businesses, and society Understanding the hidden determinants, context, and trends Unleashing the power of the integral model for de-risking early-stage investments
    • 18. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 17 THE FINANCIAL CONTEXT The disaster of 2007/2008 nearly ruined the global economic system – By Oct. 2008, about $25 trillion were obliterated from the value of stock markets What started with an initial liquidity crisis lead to – The disruption of capital flows – The collapse of the “too big to fail” financial organizations incl. Lehman Bros., Fannie Mae, and Freddy Mac – Severe downturns in the global casino/stock markets world wide – Currency crunches, failure of major businesses , global recession including the European sovereign- debt crisis (Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, etc.) – LIBOR, Madoff scandals – No end in sight! Q: How sustainable are our financial and economic systems?
    • 19. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 18 THE SOCIAL CONTEXT Real estate bubble bursts, foreclosures, evictions (USA, Spain, Ireland, etc.) Prolonged unemployment in most Western countries – 7.6% USA, 12% in Europe on average Increased inequality in the West – USA with the “most millionaire households” in the world followed by Japan, China, UK, and Germany Growing health problems physically, mentally, emotionally – Cancer, overweight, obesity, depression, asthma Social unrests: – Occupy movement, Spanish Indignados, Greek protest, Arab spring, Ucraine protests  The worst social consequences since the Great Depression
    • 20. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 19 THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT We continue to emit twice as much CO2 in the atmosphere than can be absorbed by our forests and oceans with disastrous consequences for the earth’s ecological balance: – Global warming at accelerated speed can lead up to 2-4 degrees Celsius in this century – Ongoing droughts Water is becoming more important than petrol – Ongoing hurricanes, floods, rapid melting of polar ice caps lead to the raise of ocean levels – Irrecoverable loss of bio diversity
    • 21. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 20 What is going on?
    • 22. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 21 The quiet killer and the driving force behind destruction but also the GOOD is Exponential Growth
    • 23. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 22 Most decision makers do not get it until it is much to late to respond
    • 24. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 23 What is Exponential Growth?
    • 25. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 24 The sage and the Indian king
    • 26. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 25 THE SAGE AND THE INDIAN KING 8 > 1+2+4=7 32 > 1+2+4+8+16=31 On each new field, there are more grains of rice than in all previous fields together Exponential growth means that each duplication contains a larger quantity of things than all previous quantities taken together The last square would contain 9.223.372.036.854.780.000 grains of rice that would cover the surface of today’s India with more than 1 meter of rice
    • 27. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 26 EXPONENTIAL POPULATION GROWTH 220.000 PEOPLE ARE BORN PER DAY (NET)
    • 28. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 27 EXPONENTIAL ECONOMIC GROWTH It took Europeans 1000 years, the UK 100 yrs., Germany 70 yrs., Japan 50 yrs., and it took China only 6 years to double its economic output China’s resource hunger is not only a media event Its GDP has doubled 6 times since 1978 By 2017, it will need more resources and will produce more goods than in its entire history all together!
    • 29. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 28 OUR TRUE PROBLEM: LACK OF AWARENESS REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPONENTIAL GROWTH With every duplication, the quantity added is LARGER than the entire compounded previous quantity The megatrends in the 21st century are: – Exponential population growth – Exponential economic growth – Exponential consumer growth: During the last 40 years, we added 3 additional Billion consumers  We have reached our physical Limits to Growth on our planet
    • 30. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 29 “Humanity is stupid enough not to do what is perfectly doable” to prevent disaster, Prof. Randers
    • 31. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 30 Is that really true?
    • 32. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 31 Maybe!
    • 33. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 32 But, something good is also going on!
    • 34. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 33 EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH ON PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTORS 138 investors: 50% men – 50% women Global investors from USA, Canada, Germany, China, India, France, Thailand, Bali, Singapore, Turkey, Dubai, Ireland, Switzerland High-tech, clean-tech, music, beverage, health care, Wall street financiers, lawyers, music industry Active philanthropists and social entrepreneurs Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Sorbonne, etc. graduates – 45 doctorate degrees, 60 MBAs, other Master’s degrees Aggregated investment capital: $1.39B
    • 35. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 34 THE HERO’S JOURNEY: AWAKENING 34Copyright 2010 | Physical degradation, back pain, overweight, regular colds, heart problems, food allergies, injuries, multiple sclerosis
    • 36. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 35 THE HERO’S JOURNEY: EMOTIONAL PAIN 35Copyright 2010 | “horrible divorce,” death of “mother” or “wife,” “high-degree anxiety,” “worry and fear,” “heartbreak,” tension between “fear and desire,” “grief,” the “need” to be accepted by the outside world, “frustration,” “lack of trust,” “lack of joy,” “deep sadness,” “lack of alignment,” “lack of fulfillment,” “completely unhappy”
    • 37. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 36 THE HERO’S JOURNEY: THE TIPPING POINT 36Copyright 2010 | TERRIBLE EMOTIONAL PAIN LEAD TO THE COURAGE TO FACE OWN SHADOW USING TEACHERS – “Got fed up with fear” – Decision to experience the “dark night of the soul” – Asking essential life questions: “Who am I? Why am I here?”
    • 38. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 37 NOTICED LACK OF MEANING AND FULFILLMENT “I wasn't manifesting why I was here” “I was following a script that wasn’t authored by me” “While there were fun things like building new markets and I really enjoy business, there was this sort of almost mind numbingly impossible monotony around the trajectory that I was on” “I had enough intellectual understanding that the gold rings were running out” “There’s fewer jobs left” in the world “There was a growing, gnawing, unfulfillment of maximizing shareholder value”
    • 39. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 38 UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS EXPERIENCES “Lightning bolt [that] moved through my body” “Out-of-body experience … that really showed me very clearly that I am not my body” “We proceeded to have a conversation where he read my mind and responded so I never opened my mouth” “Feeling [that] would be so powerfully strong that it was almost to the point where you couldn’t walk” “Mystical experience,” “divine light,” “divine intelligence,” the “heart was exploding with love,” “My body turned into an intense beam of light” “My heart opened and I could feel every bird and insect as part of me”  They had no framework to understand what was going on and a “quantum leap in consciousness” was the result 38
    • 40. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 39 THE HERO’S JOURNEY: RETURN TO SOCIETY “This [journey within] was like drinking out of a fire hose. In this area, MIT and Stanford Business School were like drinking out of a fire hose for academic and business issues. This was like drinking out of a fire hose for emotional, spiritual and consciousness issues. We need both.” 39Copyright 2010 |
    • 41. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 40 INVESTORS’ VALUES SHIFT
    • 42. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 41 How can we leverage this development in early stage investing?
    • 43. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 42 OUTCOMES TODAY Demystifying the landscape of rather confused investors, businesses, and society Understanding the hidden determinants, context, and trends Unleashing the power of the integral model for de-risking early-stage investments
    • 44. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 43 THE AQAL MODEL & DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS INTEGRATED INVESTING IS HONORING THE TRUTH IN ALL THERE IS Integral Investing is based on Ken Wilber’s Integral theory that is widely applied in 50 disciplines including science, politics, economics, education, medicine, and business; Ken Wilber is endorsed by Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore, former US President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and is also used i.e. at McKinsey and Company. Source: Wilber, K. (2000). A theory of everything: An integral vision for business, politics, science, and spirituality. Boston: Shambhala. Integral Metrics Environmental DD Social, Stakeholder & Governance DD Traditional $$$ DD Individual Consciousness (incl. morals & values) Due Diligence Individual & Collective Gap Analysis & Report ExteriorInterior IndividualCollective Organizational, Cultural & Ethical Due Diligence (DD) INTEGRAL INVESTING AQAL Investing Screening Process Profit TRADITIONAL INVESTING Profit Metrics IMPACT INVESTING Profit People Planet Sustainability Metrics ESG, IRIS, SAM Triple Bottom Line e.g. GRAMEEN BANK LGT VENTURE PHILANTHROPY e.g. TRADITIONAL WALL STREET BANKS AND VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS
    • 45. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 44 KEN WILBER’S INTEGRAL MODEL Ken Wilber’s Integral Model is endorsed by Bill & Hilary Clinton and Applied in 50+ disciplines and organizations including McKinsey and Company Four quadrant correlates for humans, along lines of increasing complexity Source: Wilber, K. (2000). A theory of everything: An integral vision for business, politics, science, and spirituality. Boston: Shambhala. Self & Consciousness [Subjective Experience] I INTERIOR INDIVIDUAL INTERIOR COLLECTIVE Culture & Worldview [INTER-Subjective] Archaic Animistic-Magical Early Mythic Late Mythic Scientific-Rational Pluralistic Holistic Integral 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Social System & Environment [INTER-Objective] Brain & Organism [Objective Behaviors] IT EXTERIOR INDIVIDUAL EXTERIOR COLLECTIVE WE ITS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Instinctual Self Magical Self Egocentric Self Mythic Self Achiever Self Sensitive Self Holistic Self Survival Clans Ethnic Tribes Feudal Empires Early Nations Corporate States Value Communities Holistic Communities Integral Meshworks 8Integral Self Neocortex (Triune Brain) Complex Neocortex SF1 SF2 SF3
    • 46. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 45
    • 47. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 46 SUMMARY Demystifying the landscape of rather confused investors, businesses, and society Investors’ convergence Convergence of business models Emergence of second tier human consciousness Understanding the hidden determinants, context, and trends Exponential growth is the driving force Unleashing the power of the integral model for de-risking early-stage investments “The Future of Raising Capital: Why GP’s and asset managers must now embrace humanitarian and environmental risk return metrics”  We can say they MUST  In my view, they will do it only when they reach the level of consciousness that mandates it to them from within – it is a function of evolution and everybody starts at ground zero!
    • 48. © 2014 AQAL Capital. All rights reserved. Strictly Confidential. 47 WE WILL CATCH THE BOAT

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