Category: Corporate Governance

Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

The SEC ought not allow companies to issue supervoting or non-voting shares -  a method companies use to enable founders to exercise control beyond their share ownership. To my knowledge it has only been a few, high profile Technology companies that have used this trick. Alphabet (tkr: GOOG) split its stock into three classes in … Continue reading Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and Lambs<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and LambsPremium 

FinTech market disruption has led to a bifurcation of FinTech providers - Lions and Lambs. See our "Lions & Lambs" company list with commentary at the end of this note. The FinTech space - whether it be the Capital Markets flavor or the Payments variety - is undergoing rapid change. Within Capital Markets - alternative … Continue reading Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and LambsPremium 

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) Alignment<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

CEO tenure is getting shorter and we believe a primary cause is less than optimal alignment between CEOs, Executive Team members and Corporate Boards. Alignment Scale Exercise On a scale of 1-10 (10 is best) where would you rate the level of alignment between yourself and your direct reports? Between yourself and your Board of Directors?You may … Continue reading CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO Personality<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO PersonalityPremium 

Could we have predicted that Elon Musk's restlessness would have led to his founding of (SpaceX) even though he more than had his hands full with Tesla? How about his latest company - "The Boring Company" - could its founding have been predicted? The answer is "maybe". Are we surprised by Musk's emotionless approach to … Continue reading Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO PersonalityPremium 

Stock Buybacks & Overzealous Cookie Consumption

Stock Buybacks & Overzealous Cookie Consumption

You are a Technology company CEO and/or Board member and the company generates significant free cash flow. You are thinking through your options as to how best to deploy discretionary capital: 1.) M&A: Our advice is go for it. M&A is rarely easy for a variety of reasons but a disciplined approach can result in … Continue reading Stock Buybacks & Overzealous Cookie Consumption

Don’t Give Investors A Reason to Say “No”

Don’t Give Investors A Reason to Say “No”

Investors Allocate Premium Valuations to That Which They Understand My theory is that institutional investors implicitly penalize complexity. I base my theory largely on 23 years of capital markets experience and intuition and admittedly have little data to support it. I believe that investors will invest a dollar in Company A assuming that "A" has … Continue reading Don’t Give Investors A Reason to Say “No”

GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison

GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison

Our full analysis comparing the personality traits of Mary Barra vs. Elon Musk may be found HERE. Reach us at info@ceorater.com to inquire about our CEO Personality Analytics service. If you wish to run a query on a particular CEO, send us an email at the above address and be sure to include CEO name … Continue reading GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison

Three Essential Leadership Qualities<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Three Essential Leadership QualitiesPremium 

The three Leadership qualities that matter most (CEO or otherwise): 1.) Have a Point-of-View: It is essential to have a point-of-view. Right or wrong time will tell. For example, if a Board of Directors is looking to fill a CEO role, a CEO candidate ought to have a point-of-view in terms of a broad strategy … Continue reading Three Essential Leadership QualitiesPremium