Category: Software

What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

Pinterest has a new CEO. Google needs to simplify its Payments strategy. The two are related. On June 4th we wrote (article HERE), that Google's Payments strategy is confusing given the company's three-pronged approach to consumer-facing payment apps - Google Pay, G-Pay and Google Wallet. Much of our surprise was due to the fact that … Continue reading What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

Earnings Estimates Are Too High

Earnings Estimates Are Too High

While the S&P 500 index is down approximately 21% YTD, it appreciated 44% from its pre-COVID high in February 2020 to its recent high during January 2022. One could argue that the pre-COVID high of February 2020 was a rich valuation for the index which benefited from years of accomodative Fed policy and low inflation. … Continue reading Earnings Estimates Are Too High

The Fed Already Blinked

The Fed Already Blinked

It would have made for great theater if the Fed truly wanted to win the war against inflation. Unfortunately, the Fed already blinked. If the Fed's mission truly was to get CPI back down to 2%, the valuation froth that began to manifest in 2019 peaking with 2021's valuation mania (which made the 1999-2000 dot … Continue reading The Fed Already Blinked

What Does It Mean For Meta To Decentralize AI?

What Does It Mean For Meta To Decentralize AI?

In short, greater revenue potential, greater accountability and greater risk of expense overruns: Greater revenue potential: These AI investments will likely focus on driving product usage as well as tracking and predicting user behavior for both new and existing products. Better products mean more usage, more usage typically means more Ad revenue for advertising revenue-driven … Continue reading What Does It Mean For Meta To Decentralize AI?

Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

Not sure if your reduction in force ("RIF"), was deep enough? If you must ask yourself that question, the answer is "No". Many publicly-traded Technology CEOs are about to navigate their first recessionary environment. If you are still managing headcount as if you are a venture-owned and operated company, you are carrying far too much … Continue reading Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

Meta Platforms (META) will not single-handedly build the metaverse, nor will Microsoft (MSFT), nor Apple (AAPL), nor Autodesk (ADSK), nor Amazon (AMZN)... We think of the metaverse as a series of interconnected digital worlds where people engage in recreational and commercial activity. Everything from gaming to purchasing a house to leasing commercial space, to buying … Continue reading One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse

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

Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?

Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?

Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?

Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon

Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon

It is only logical that the leading smartphone company (Apple) and the leading AI company (Google) are increasingly designing more of their own silicon which is optimized for each company's respective products and services. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, AVGO, GOOG, INTC, QCOM, SWKS Think of the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone. Every feature, every application, … Continue reading Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon