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Facebook and The Blockchain

Facebook and The Blockchain

Here is our follow-up to our recent article Facebook Will Be Next. We have stated on a number of occasions that social media companies such as Meta/Facebook and Twitter overstate the number of active users given that the active user metric is a self-reported figure and given that no outside firm has the ability to … Continue reading Facebook and The Blockchain

More Layoffs Are Coming

More Layoffs Are Coming

Inflation, interest rates and OpEx are climbing while demand softens for many companies. One glance at the table below shows that layoffs over the past two months are fairly widespread across industries. We believe that more layoffs are coming as inflation and interest rates rise. Rates will accelerate higher in June should the Fed make … Continue reading More Layoffs Are Coming

Between Here and The Metaverse

Between Here and The Metaverse

Facebook needs to build a bridge between its present product portfolio and a Metaverse-centric future. iOS users began to opt out of iOS app tracking when iOS 14.5 was released in April 2021 as part of Apple's App Tracking Transparency policy. iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are required to request users' permission to track … Continue reading Between Here and The Metaverse

Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Our recent Blockchain article touched on the superior digital security offered by Blockchain/ Distributed Ledger Technologies ("DLT"). Over time we anticipate that legacy payment systems, workflow software and general transaction processing systems will be replaced by dedicated blockchain/ DLT networks. The Internet in its present form is riddled with cybersecurity risks. The current crop of … Continue reading Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Forget The Metaverse. Blockchain Is Where To Focus

Forget The Metaverse. Blockchain Is Where To Focus

The Metaverse is a bunch of noise as far as we are concerned. FB needs the Metaverse to work for Act II. For the rest of us - consumers and investors alike - blockchain or distributed ledger technologies ("DLT"), is where it's at. DLT will underpin payment systems, financial security trading systems, real estate transactions … Continue reading Forget The Metaverse. Blockchain Is Where To Focus

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

Corporate customers ought to think about diversifying beyond AWS, Azure and Google Cloud for cloud storage and embedded capabilities such as AI/ML/NLP and more. Sure, there is Oracle, Alibaba and others. Yet it would seem now may be the time for Industry-focused players to offer cloud services alternatives. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, BABA, FIS, GOOG, MSFT, … Continue reading AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

Lael Brainard As The Next Fed Chair Is More Likely Than Pundits Believe

Lael Brainard As The Next Fed Chair Is More Likely Than Pundits Believe

Ms. Brainard is a vocal advocate for a Fed-issued CBDC ("Central Bank Digital Currency"). China has rolled out its CBDC and the public is about to hear more about it during February's Beijing Winter Olympics. Thus, while the consensus is that President Biden will soon reappoint Jerome Powell to begin his next term as Federal … Continue reading Lael Brainard As The Next Fed Chair Is More Likely Than Pundits Believe

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Amazon may not be a surprise to investors given the ubiquity of Amazon's ecommerce platform. Apple is an online advertising challenger given the services that sit on top of its devices from Gaming (Arcade) to Apple TV to Apple News to Apple's forthcoming push into AR/VR. Microsoft is another Tech giant that does not enjoy … Continue reading Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets

The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets

From instant trade settlement, to real-time AML transparency and reporting, the Fed's CBDC / "Digital Dollar" will drive efficiency, enhance transparency and reduce privacy. "We are the Federal Reserve and we are here to help" (translation: run for cover). The Federal Reserve will have rolled out its CBDC - the Digital Dollar - by 2025 … Continue reading The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets