Month: March 2019

How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

From Chat bots to Ambient AI. Cloud-based AI and Machine Learning technology is readily available. Large technology platform companies such as Amazon (Alexa), Google and Microsoft (Azure), encourage third-party developers to build applications and services on top of their core AI and Machine Learning platforms. This enables developers to focus resources on building value through … Continue reading How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.

The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.

FIS to Acquire Worldpay for approximately $43 Billion (enterprise value). This deal comes on the heels of the recently announced Fiserv acquisition of First Data. The FinTech M&A spree is approximately two years old at this juncture. So what gives? We went through this exercise a couple of weeks ago with a buyside friend. While … Continue reading The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.

The Age of Autonomous Video Games

The Age of Autonomous Video Games

The gaming industry - the largest segment of the broader entertainment industry - continues to grow and evolve. Google is set to join Technology giants Amazon (Twitch) and Microsoft (Xbox) in the gaming space - formal announcement coming on March 19th. Not only are the industry players changing, but so is the underlying AI technology. … Continue reading The Age of Autonomous Video Games

Apple’s New Video Service – How Many Subscription Services Can We Eat?

Apple’s New Video Service – How Many Subscription Services Can We Eat?

Will we subscribe to Apple’s forthcoming subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) service simply because it’s Apple? Apple plans to release various service bundles later this year that will contain video and news content. For purposes of this discussion let's focus on video content where the name of the SVOD game is "content quality". At launch, … Continue reading Apple’s New Video Service – How Many Subscription Services Can We Eat?

Amazon is Making Smart Home Bundles Easy

Amazon is Making Smart Home Bundles Easy

Amazon is making smart home bundles easy. In the process, Amazon is becoming a CyberSecurity and Data Privacy leader. It was Cable and Software bundles in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Today, it’s Smart Home bundles and Amazon is making it easy. For technology vendors it pays to own the “bundle” (a word antitrust regulators … Continue reading Amazon is Making Smart Home Bundles Easy

Google Needs to Acquire Walmart

Google Needs to Acquire Walmart

Google parent company Alphabet (tkr: GOOG) needs to acquire Walmart (tkr: WMT) to better compete with Amazon (tkr: AMZN) and to reverse the negative trend in Google's core search advertising business. While arch nemesis Amazon continues to make strides in retail (Amazon.com, Amazon Go, Key, Prime, Wholefoods), Google’s retail path has not been quite so … Continue reading Google Needs to Acquire Walmart

Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

Rideshare as a long-term investment? Right up there with owning an airline. Heck, even if the rideshare companies were operating at scale - running on autonomous vehicle fleets - would you really want to own that business? Depreciating assets, multiple competitors (it will be more than Lyft and Uber), and thin profit margins (we are … Continue reading Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

Securities Trading & Revenue Cycle Management Are Related

Securities Trading & Revenue Cycle Management Are Related

Securities Trading and Revenue Cycle Management (“RCM”) may reside in different industries, yet they share enough common elements to be considered cousins. We believe that FinTech companies that play in the Securities Trading area will look to the HealthIT industry - RCM in particular - to capture growth. See our Interactive HealthIT / RCM company … Continue reading Securities Trading & Revenue Cycle Management Are Related