Category: Strategy

Great CEOs Are Great Communicators

Great CEOs Are Great Communicators

Great CEOs are great communicators (see our TEK2day article: Successful CEOs Share These Six Attributes). What constitutes "great communication?" Great communication is: Clear and conciseConsistentDefines ExpectationsHonestUnambiguousValues listening on par with delivering the message

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A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

During a crisis (bookings down by as much as 80% for some Enterprise Technology companies), leaders act with imperfect information. A reactionary approach is never the optimal approach. We offer a 6-step plan. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer, sociologist, economist, political scientist, and philosopher. The "Pareto principle" - better known as the 80/20 rule … Continue reading A Common Sense Approach to Crisis Management. Leveraging A 6-Step Plan.

Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Time for VC's to write down their portfolios. The same holds true for Private Equity portfolios. We led with VC's in the title because venture-backed valuations bear little resemblance to any economic reality whereas private equity valuations are largely grounded in reality. Public company valuations are not going to snap back to normal. The U.S. … Continue reading Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney's Parks business is preventing the "Content" side from realizing its full valuation potential. Look no further than Netflix as a proxy. Disney's (tkr: DIS), "Content" business is significant. "Parks" is large enough to stand on its own. A simple run rate calculation on Disney's December quarter "Content" Operating Income figure of $1.9 billion implies … Continue reading Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

We 100% disagree with Barron's that General Electric's deal to sell its BioPharma business to Danaher (tkr: DHR), for $21.4 billion (original deal announced February 2019), should close soon. This is precisely the type of large deal struck at a peak market that will either get delayed indefinitely or negotiated down. Danaher has the upper … Continue reading GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed

Bloodletting is thought to have originated in Egypt several thousand years ago. Bloodletting became standard medical treatment in medieval Europe to treat various conditions including plague, smallpox, epilepsy and gout. Investors continued the bloodletting in Thursday's trading session. Despite the blood and emotions, there is plenty of room for stocks to drift further downward. Many … Continue reading Let It Bleed

Now Would Be A Good Time To Execute That Stock Buyback

Now Would Be A Good Time To Execute That Stock Buyback

We prefer dividends, investment in R&D and M&A programs to share repurchases. However, for those companies that include share repurchases as part of their capital allocation strategy, today would be a good day to exercise a portion of that repurchase authorization. Markets hate uncertainty. Markets like it when companies and insiders step-up and buy their … Continue reading Now Would Be A Good Time To Execute That Stock Buyback

Time Waits For No One

Time Waits For No One

Time waits for no one. Fortunes change quickly. Look no further than the case of General Motors (tkr: GM) and Tesla (tkr: TSLA). This time last year GM sported a $55 billion market cap and some months later closed calendar 2019 with $137 billion of revenue. Plenty of time it would seem for GM to … Continue reading Time Waits For No One

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