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
Much was made of Apple's chief designer Jony Ive stepping down last week. Rightfully so. What does it mean when companies aren't led by domain experts? "He’s not just a designer. That’s why he works directly for me. He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me. There’s no one who can … Continue reading When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts
Innovation is the Mother of Disruption Global Payments (tkr: GPN), and Total System Services/TSYS (tkr: TSS), agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $21.5 billion. One could argue that Global Payments and TSYS needed to merge to better compete with recent payment mergers, in particular Fiserv and First Data. However, what's the … Continue reading More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape
We sifted through TSYS' recent 2018 U.S. Consumer Payments Study and extracted the highlights. You may view the slides below in PDF form by clicking HERE. To read the full report click HERE.
There are a number of new streaming content providers on the block such as YouTube TV, ESPN+ and the forthcoming Disney+. In addition, legacy content providers such as the New York Times and CBS have caught subscription fever. (free article) Subscription fatigue? Time will tell. We provide subscriber metrics including number of paid subscribers and … Continue reading Streaming Services Unbound
Apple will have a new CEO within 5 years. You may thank Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft shares flat-lined from 2001 to 2013 during a series of flubs including being late to the Internet, late to mobile, late to the cloud, late to AI, slow to capitalize on the … Continue reading Apple Will Have A New CEO Within 5 YearsPremium
When speaking or writing about Apple we have spent much of the past 18 months beating up on the iPhone. Yesterday's "Apple Event" didn't engender confidence in the firm's content strategy. Anchored by a curated, walled garden approach, Apple's strategy seems mired in the early 2000's at a time when young people have migrated to … Continue reading Apple’s Strategy – The Good, The Bad & The RetroPremium
Not Apples to Apples but the Below Tells A Story.. YouTube (GOOG): More than 1.9 billion logged-in YouTubers each month. 200 million+ logged-in users watch people play games on YouTube each day. (YouTube/Stadia has one foot in today and one in tomorrow with traditional content and video games on the platform). Netflix (NFLX): 139 million … Continue reading Content Wars & Investing for Tomorrow
FIS to Acquire Worldpay for approximately $43 Billion (enterprise value). This deal comes on the heels of the recently announced Fiserv acquisition of First Data. The FinTech M&A spree is approximately two years old at this juncture. So what gives? We went through this exercise a couple of weeks ago with a buyside friend. While … Continue reading The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.
Will we subscribe to Apple’s forthcoming subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) service simply because it’s Apple? Apple plans to release various service bundles later this year that will contain video and news content. For purposes of this discussion let's focus on video content where the name of the SVOD game is "content quality". At launch, … Continue reading Apple’s New Video Service – How Many Subscription Services Can We Eat?