Category: Venture Capital

Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

Rideshare as a long-term investment? Right up there with owning an airline. Heck, even if the rideshare companies were operating at scale - running on autonomous vehicle fleets - would you really want to own that business? Depreciating assets, multiple competitors (it will be more than Lyft and Uber), and thin profit margins (we are … Continue reading Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) Alignment<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

CEO tenure is getting shorter and we believe a primary cause is less than optimal alignment between CEOs, Executive Team members and Corporate Boards. Alignment Scale Exercise On a scale of 1-10 (10 is best) where would you rate the level of alignment between yourself and your direct reports? Between yourself and your Board of Directors?You may … Continue reading CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

Fiserv & First Data: Acquire in the Absence of Innovation<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Fiserv & First Data: Acquire in the Absence of InnovationPremium 

Today’s announcement that Fiserv plans to acquire First Data in a $22 billion all stock deal continues the string of payments-related deals. More importantly it stresses what many know – that the incumbent payment companies are not innovation factories. Acquire in the absence of innovation – although I believe all companies should have an active … Continue reading Fiserv & First Data: Acquire in the Absence of InnovationPremium 

The 3 RPA Flavors<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

The 3 RPA FlavorsPremium 

We recently published an article: "Multi-Tenant Machine Learning at Scale". Think of this RPA ("Robotic Process Automation") post as a follow-up piece as told with pictures. Our perspective is primarily through the lens of an investor as to how we would value each of the three RPA business models. You may access a PDF version … Continue reading The 3 RPA FlavorsPremium 

SS&C Technologies: Multi-Tenant Machine Learning at Scale

SS&C Technologies: Multi-Tenant Machine Learning at Scale

For the past few years I've poked around the machine learning ("ML") and artificial intelligence ("AI") space. I advised Boston-based DataRobot back in 2014 when they started to build their machine learning platform. I've thought about how we at CEORater may leverage ML to score CEOs and companies. Typically when we read about ML and … Continue reading SS&C Technologies: Multi-Tenant Machine Learning at Scale

Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO Personality<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO PersonalityPremium 

Could we have predicted that Elon Musk's restlessness would have led to his founding of (SpaceX) even though he more than had his hands full with Tesla? How about his latest company - "The Boring Company" - could its founding have been predicted? The answer is "maybe". Are we surprised by Musk's emotionless approach to … Continue reading Predicting CEO Actions and Financial Outcomes Based On CEO PersonalityPremium 

Have A Bundle Discussion with Customers, Not A Product Discussion<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Have A Bundle Discussion with Customers, Not A Product DiscussionPremium 

Bundle Pricing Negotiations Are Preferable to Product Pricing Negotiations Vendors have far more leverage with customers when negotiating pricing for a bundle/platform of products and services as opposed to an a la carte negotiation. There's a reason why cable providers sold content bundles for years - it was the optimal revenue and profit model - … Continue reading Have A Bundle Discussion with Customers, Not A Product DiscussionPremium 

Apple Should Double Down on Apple Health Now<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Apple Should Double Down on Apple Health NowPremium 

The iPhone Is A High-Priced Commodity The iPhone is little more than a high-priced commodity at this juncture. There is little differentiation between it and lower cost alternatives (OnePlus for example) both from a design and feature functionality standpoint. However, with 2 billion-plus devices in circulation, Apple's future does not rest exclusively with new device … Continue reading Apple Should Double Down on Apple Health NowPremium 

GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison

GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison

Our full analysis comparing the personality traits of Mary Barra vs. Elon Musk may be found HERE. Reach us at info@ceorater.com to inquire about our CEO Personality Analytics service. If you wish to run a query on a particular CEO, send us an email at the above address and be sure to include CEO name … Continue reading GM’s Mary Barra vs. Tesla’s Elon Musk – A CEO Personality Comparison