Category: Media & Entertainment

Meta (Facebook) Should Acquire Intuit

Meta (Facebook) Should Acquire Intuit

Meta Platforms/Facebook (META) should acquire Intuit (INTU). Meta's Facebook unit has peddled its wares to small businesses for some years. To this end, META agreed to acquire Kustomer (provider of CRM tools to small businesses), in November 2020. That deal finally closed in February 2022. Acquiring Intuit would advance the execution of Meta's small business … Continue reading Meta (Facebook) Should Acquire Intuit

What’s Next For Netflix?

What’s Next For Netflix?

We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?

Further Media Consolidation Is Coming

Further Media Consolidation Is Coming

The effect of increased competition on Netflix (NFLX), manifested itself in a net subscriber loss for the first time in 10 years. The net subscriber loss manifested itself approximately one year later than we thought it would. Competition has never been greater on the streaming content side of the media world with Disney (DIS), Apple … Continue reading Further Media Consolidation Is Coming

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

Microsoft's (MSFT) deal for Activision (ATVI), will prove to be one in a string of such deals over the next few years whereby video game platform companies (Microsoft/Xbox, Google/Stadia, Amazon/Twitch), acquire video game content companies. These deals are similar to the wave of consolidation that took place in the 1980's and 1990's when distribution companies … Continue reading More Video Game Content Deals to Come

Metaverse Plays

Metaverse Plays

The Metaverse is a fancy term for accessing online worlds via the Internet. Gaming environments are a prime example. Online meeting spaces (avatar meetings) are another example. We can imagine a world where buying a home or purchasing an automobile take place in a virtual environment. We believe that every Software company of size will … Continue reading Metaverse Plays

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Hate to say we told you so, but this inflation train is moving into high gear and will remain strong throughout 2022, particularly as higher home rental prices start to flow through the Fed's home rental price surveys. Our view is that the Fed will be forced to accelerate its tapering effort to perhaps conclude … Continue reading Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

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

A Win for Intuit. A Loss for Facebook

A Win for Intuit. A Loss for Facebook

Intuit (ticker: INTU), recently announced that it had agreed to acquire Mailchimp, the marketing platform used by small and medium-sized businesses (we are a Mailchimp customer). Intuit is in the business of serving the SMB market. Facebook (ticker: FB), also serves SMBs and made a smart acquisition last year (Kustomer acquisition) to bolster its SMB … Continue reading A Win for Intuit. A Loss for Facebook

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEOs ought to operate their companies in such a manner that their integrity and work ethic may not be questioned. Take the example of Unity (ticker: U) CEO John Riccitiello who is named in this lawsuit. If the allegations are true, it speaks to horrible behavior on Mr. Riccitiello's part. Setting the allegations aside for … Continue reading CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost