Category: Strategy

Live Sports Remains The Traditional Content King

Live Sports Remains The Traditional Content King

Live sports still captures the most eyeballs across traditional content categories (certain video game title releases capture more eyeballs). If Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL), WarnerBrosDiscovery (WBD), Fox (FOXA), Comcast (CMCSA), Netflix (NFLX) or another large media player was to announce a deal that it was acquiring a sports franchise, I generally … Continue reading Live Sports Remains The Traditional Content King

Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO

Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO

It is hardly a surprise that Bob Iger is back as Disney (DIS) CEO. One of the first operational changes that former Disney (DIS), CEO Bob Chapek made was to put management layers between himself and Creative which was far from the optimal leadership structure for churning out consistently great content - a prerequisite for … Continue reading Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO

Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

Why the venture community invested in kids running crypto exchanges is beyond me. If the venture firms that put money into FTX did an ounce of due diligence they would have passed on the deal. Did anyone ask to confirm bank deposits and customer reserves? Did anyone ask about customer trading records and associated reporting … Continue reading Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

Tech Company Layoffs Are Rarely “One & Done”

Tech Company Layoffs Are Rarely “One & Done”

When it comes to Technology companies, headcount reductions are rarely "one & done". This used to be especially true of Bay Area Technology companies which are famous for lacking operating discipline (i.e. cost discipline). However, the Bay Area aversion to running profitable businesses has permeated the Tech sector over the past 12 years of easy … Continue reading Tech Company Layoffs Are Rarely “One & Done”

Apple & Microsoft Will Impede META’s Recovery

Apple & Microsoft Will Impede META’s Recovery

The metaverse is a fancy term for AR and VR technologies. Apple is an AR/VR laggard, but that is likely to change in Q1 2023 as Apple rolls out its AR/VR headset. Microsoft has played in the AR/VR space for a few years. Both AAPL and MSFT have stronger balance sheets to leverage across AR/VR … Continue reading Apple & Microsoft Will Impede META’s Recovery

Markets Have Another Leg Down

Markets Have Another Leg Down

This spring when I said the NASDAQ would bottom around 9,000 my thinking was as follows: 2022 would be a year where higher interest rates reset equity valuations lower, especially as it relates to the NASDAQ Composite. 2023 would be a year where poor company fundamentals reset equity valuations lower. The NASDAQ has experienced some … Continue reading Markets Have Another Leg Down

Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter

Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter

When you invest in a company (public or private), you're betting on the CEO and management team, not a product or service. A CEO can torpedo or lift a company's prospects overnight. Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer and current CEO Satya Nadella underscores the importance of the CEO. Ballmer was a Marketing exec that … Continue reading Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter