Things Will Get Worse for Facebook Before They Get Better. A Second Act Is Required. Our thesis is simple. User growth has slowed and in the recent June quarter declined. We expect this trend to continue in the near-term as the following factors negatively impact Facebook’s business. Declines in User Trust and Engagement: The Cambridge … Continue reading Facebook – Things Will Get Worse Before They Get BetterPremium
Disintermediation Defined Disintermediation is when one party inserts itself between an interested party and its customers (see below table of “disintermediators” and “disintermediatees”). Ironically, parties that suffer disintermediation often invite it upon themselves. Google Disintermediates Yelp and OpenTable For the past several years Yelp restaurant reviews appeared on Google business listings (this appears to have … Continue reading Don’t Be DisintermediatedPremium
SaaS Companies and Subscription Revenue Models Every company can learn from SaaS (“Software-as-a-Service”), companies. My first exposure to SaaS companies was the first self-proclaimed "SaaS" company – Salesforce.com. This was early in my banking career around the time of Salesforce’s 2004 IPO. Today, Salesforce is a $110 Billion-plus market cap behemoth. Every company - regardless … Continue reading Every Company Should Consider Adopting A Subscription Revenue Model
Content Is King Content is King to quote Sumner Redstone. At CEORater we spend a fair amount of time thinking about content. Over the past 24 months we have considered the following for our platform: 1.) video streaming of earnings calls with associated analytics 2.) employee video reviews 3.) business news (original and third-party) and … Continue reading Original Content Disclosures Are Lacking. Introducing “Content Yield”
Technology news items that caught our attention this week: Waymo to launch robo-taxis in Europe: Link Phoenix AZ as petri dish for autonomous driving: Link Kroger is launching a fully driverless delivery service: Link In the “Service, Maintenance, Repair” category: the US Army is using machine learning to predict when combat vehicles need repair: Link … Continue reading Technology News from the Week: June 25th 2018
The Facebook uproar - wow! I’m shocked that people are shocked. We put our lives online for the world to see – the temptation for nefarious actors to act is there. We can’t be surprised at the result. What happened? Facebook and UK-based Cambridge Analytica (“CA”) are at the eye of the storm. What occurred … Continue reading The Facebook, Cambridge Analytica Uproar – Nothing New Here
Amazon's 1st Ring Amazon's Core Services Portfolio drives the company's macro strategy. AMZN's more recent product and service offerings (both organic and acquired offerings) are covered in the "2nd Ring" and "3rd Ring" sections and serve to strengthen the Core portfolio. Amazon.com: Amazon's crown jewel. The world's broadest and deepest ecommerce platform. Amazon Web Services (AWS): … Continue reading The Three Rings of Amazon (AMZN)
Human Capital is Key “It’s people! Soylent Green is people!” shouted Charlton Heston’s Robert Thorn in 1973’s Soylent Green. Fast forward 45 years and people remain central to the process. Although the process we refer to isn’t recycled human foodstuff but rather the global economy where Intellectual Capital provides economic sustenance and Human Capital is … Continue reading It’s People! It’s People!
Bezos is Top Tech CEO with a Total Stock Return of 83,639% We recently queried our CEORater database to identify the Top Technology CEOs as measured by stock price performance during each CEO's tenure. Amazon's Jeff Bezos topped our list by a wide margin. For purposes of this exercise it helped to have been a … Continue reading Top Tech CEOs: Bezos Is Best as Measured by Total Stock Return
A New Heavyweight Healthcare Entrant The recently announced non-profit joint venture between Amazon, J.P Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway was notably scarce on detail. We previously wrote about how Apple is well-positioned to “consumerize” healthcare. The good news is that there is room for others to add value to the healthcare ecosystem. Trust, Payments & Price … Continue reading AmazonGo for Healthcare?