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Month: December 2017
Distracted CEOs and CEO Overreach
We Have Entered an Unprecedented Era of Shareholder Tolerance It is interesting that corporate boards and institutional investors are willing to tolerate “Distracted CEOs” and founder CEOs who wish to exercise outsized control of the companies they founded. Both are examples of poor corporate governance. Our definition of a Distracted CEO is the CEO that … Continue reading Distracted CEOs and CEO Overreach
Automobiles as a Service (AaaS); Uber Completes Tender Offer
Cadillac's "BookbyCadillac" premium automobile subscription service (we refer to as AaaS), sits comfortably between the traditional car ownership model and the pure rideshare model (Uber, Lyft, Waymo). Priced at $1,500/month (plus $500 initiation fee), we don't believe that Cadillac's bundled subscription service is a good value - flexibility and convenience come at a price. Listen … Continue reading Automobiles as a Service (AaaS); Uber Completes Tender Offer
The Soundtrack to Your Life. Facebook Continues to Distance Itself from the Competition
Recently Facebook (tkr: FB) signed an agreement with Universal Music Group to license UMG's music library so that Facebook users may incorporate UMG music into user-generated content. Facebook's Instagram platform is the hottest social media platform at the moment. Instagram kneecapped Snapchat (tkr: SNAP) earlier this year when the former rolled out its "stories" feature. Instagram has … Continue reading The Soundtrack to Your Life. Facebook Continues to Distance Itself from the Competition
The Content Game Has Just Begun!
Disney plans to acquire 21st Century Fox in order to create scale for its OTT Netflix competitor. We previously wrote about the deal announcement here. Post close, the content streaming game is effectively a two-horse race between Netflix and Disney. Game over you say? Au contraire - the game has just begun! No, we're not … Continue reading The Content Game Has Just Begun!
Price Disruption in Smart Speaker Land
Price pressure in the AI-powered Smart Speaker market. Amazon is the catalyst with price reductions to its Alexa-powered Amazon Echo product line. Google Home and Apple (HomePod) are forced to react. Read the WSJ article here: Amazon Echo Prices Turn Smart-Speaker Market On Its Ear
Spotify Direct IPO – If It Happens What Does It Mean for I-Banks?
Spotify's looming IPO has the potential to re-configure the investment banking industry, at least insofar as the IPO process.
CEO’s That Lack Intellectual Curiosity Will Never Achieve Their Full Potential
In our view Intellectual Curiosity is the most important attribute that a CEO may possess. Listen to our recent Podcast on the subject.
CEORater Is Crowdsourcing Ideas
We are crowdsourcing ideas for our crowdsourced CEO & Company review platform CEORater. Employees, customers and investors post anonymous reviews to CEORater. Reviews consist of text-based reviews as well as a set of pre-defined attributes which may be viewed HERE. Should you have ideas as to additional CEO attributes that you wish to see us track, … Continue reading CEORater Is Crowdsourcing Ideas
Two Silicon Valley Upstarts Working Together: Trov & Waymo
Alphabet's Waymo unit is working with insurance startup Trov to insure Waymo's autonomous vehicles. Read the Wall Street Journal article.
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