Millions of Americans will invite Amazon into their homes via Amazon's in-home drone video service ("Always Home Cam") powered by Amazon Ring. Ring's Always Home Cam will do more than provide customers with on-demand, in-home video surveillance. The Always Home Cam will provide Amazon with a visual map of customers' homes and insights into personal … Continue reading Amazon Wants To Watch You Inside Your Home
The risk of incidents where rogue employees steal customer data (see Shopify's incident here) will increase as more merchants move their operations online. It is important for organizations to not only protect against external cyberthreats, but to secure customer data and Enterprise data in general from rogue employees who may look to profit from it. … Continue reading Protecting Customer Data from Employees
We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service
It would appear so as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT to explore digital currency. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT on the Digital Currency Initiative ("DCI"). DCI will collaborate with the Bank to build a hypothetical digital currency. The Fed and MIT will collaborate in a … Continue reading Is The Federal Reserve Warming Up To Digital Currency?
We believe the answer is "YES". We believe that cryptocurrencies will turbocharge online marketplaces during the next 10 years. For this reason we believe companies that have planted a cryptocurrency flag will look to acquire online marketplaces which can be "crypto-enabled." Thus, we peg the probability of an EBAY sale in 2020 at 80%. Intercontinental … Continue reading Will Cryptocurrencies Turbocharge Online Marketplaces?
Debt remains cheap. Strategic acquirers and PE firms are flush with cash. It doesn't take a genius to arrive at the conclusion that Software & Services M&A activity will remain healthy in 2020 all else held equal. (tickers mentioned: ACN, AVGO). Today's news that Accenture (ticker: ACN) agreed to acquire Symantec's CyberSecurity Services business from … Continue reading One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.
Deepfake technology is an advanced cyberthreat that has captured the imagination over the past number of months. Deepfakes have the potential to re-write history (see the fake President Nixon Apollo 11 video below), spread mass disinformation and engage in fraud. How best to mitigate the risk of advanced cyberthreats such as deepfakes? We have previously … Continue reading AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats
Our rationale as to why Walmart should acquire Oracle is fairly simple. WMT's strategy: Walmart is pushing to become an "omnichannel" (brick & mortar plus online) retailer. Walmart has rolled out various online offerings most of which are the result of acquisitions. Data proliferation drives demand for storage and advanced analytics: Online retail generates reams … Continue reading A Case for Walmart to Acquire Oracle
Alternative Title: Innovation at Scale Sure, it's cheaper than ever to innovate today. Computing power increases while prices stay relatively flat. Cloud computing enables startups and small companies to acquire server capacity when needed and to leverage Artificial Intelligence capability from Day 1. Yet there are still real benefits to having scale, especially within the … Continue reading Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You
Hear that? Someone is listening. In fact, they all are: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, even Apple (who has positioned itself as a privacy champion). AI - more specifically the neural networks that power voice assistants - are far from fully autonomous. Deep learning models require human assistance at this juncture. Fair. It is when companies do … Continue reading AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening