Category: Social Media

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social media advertising revenue will likely take a prolonged hit as Ad buyers curb spending and in some cases go out of business Facebook (tkr: FB) and YouTube (tkr: GOOG) are best positioned to sustain a weak economic backdrop. Facebook is the dominant social media platform from a revenue standpoint and YouTube benefits from being … Continue reading Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images

Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images

Facebook is using AI to turn 2D photos into 3D photos. Fun for consumers. The question is to what degree can Facebook's convolutional neural net-powered technology be used to disrupt legacy geospatial/GIS offerings from companies such as Verisk (tkr: VRSK), ESRI (private), Trimble (tkr: TRMB), Garmin (tkr: GRMN), Pitney Bowes (tkr: PBI) and many others? … Continue reading Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images

Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

Elliot Management is moving to acquire Board seats at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey would have done well to have followed our December 2017 advice offered in the TEK2day article: "Distracted CEOs and CEO Overreach." Our position has always been that CEOs have a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders in that they owe 100% of their focus … Continue reading Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

With Turmoil Comes Opportunity

With Turmoil Comes Opportunity

The Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the markets. Valuations have come in across the board making things interesting. Here is a screen from our CEORater database. Click HERE for our summary valuation table. Apple (tkr: AAPL), Facebook (tkr: FB) and SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) each trade below 20x EV/LTM Operating Cash Flow. Click any table … Continue reading With Turmoil Comes Opportunity

Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse

Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse

Venmo - PayPal’s crown jewel - built its network on Facebook’s back. Facebook (tkr: FB) ought to move to acquire PayPal (tkr: PYPL). Venmo is perhaps the most user-friendly Peer-to-Peer ("P2P") payment service in large part due to its Facebook integration which makes it easy for users to connect and transact with each other. Connect … Continue reading Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse

Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers

Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers

With Michael Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination, many have speculated as to how Bloomberg would divest his equity stake in his namesake firm were he to win the Presidency. We don't expect Mr. Bloomberg to win the Office of the President nor would a sale necessarily be required … Continue reading Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers

Facebook to Leverage “Authentication” to Drive Ad Revenue?

Facebook to Leverage “Authentication” to Drive Ad Revenue?

For comic relief I watched some of the Facebook congressional hearings (video below). While Facebook's Calibra/Libra cryptocurrency initiative was the hearing's focus, clues were offered as to what may lie ahead for Facebook users and Ad buyers. At the 6:24:30 mark of the video, U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN), asked Facebook founder and CEO Mark … Continue reading Facebook to Leverage “Authentication” to Drive Ad Revenue?

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

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

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

FTC slaps Facebook on the wrist and levies $5B fine. Combining legacy Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. A grand product strategy or slick tactical move to avert regulators? Facebook only found religion as it relates to user privacy after the FTC threatened to break up the company into three separate entities - 1) legacy Facebook, 2) … Continue reading Checkmate. Facebook Wins.