We believe the answer is "YES". We believe that cryptocurrencies will turbocharge online marketplaces during the next 10 years. For this reason we believe companies that have planted a cryptocurrency flag will look to acquire online marketplaces which can be "crypto-enabled." Thus, we peg the probability of an EBAY sale in 2020 at 80%. Intercontinental … Continue reading Will Cryptocurrencies Turbocharge Online Marketplaces?
For comic relief I watched some of the Facebook congressional hearings (video below). While Facebook's Calibra/Libra cryptocurrency initiative was the hearing's focus, clues were offered as to what may lie ahead for Facebook users and Ad buyers. At the 6:24:30 mark of the video, U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN), asked Facebook founder and CEO Mark … Continue reading Facebook to Leverage “Authentication” to Drive Ad Revenue?
Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.
Services that Blend Technology and People Are Optimal. Someday in the future complex processes will be able to operate without human intervention. Many complex autonomous processes won't occur in my lifetime. I don't consider warehouse robots nor autonomous vehicles to be terribly complex, it's more a question of repetitions (vehicle miles traveled). I do consider … Continue reading Technology + People = Best
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
Cryptocurrency firms fell from grace (Chain and Lightyear merged to form Interstellar) as valuations and expectations got too far ahead of themselves for both the various "coin" firms as well as for blockchain - the distributed database technology that enables digital currency transactions. We are long-term bullish on each - particularly blockchain. The crypto space … Continue reading Don’t Believe The Hype
Wall Street Journal article: CME Group aims to launch futures contract by the end of the year, in big endorsement of digital currency from WSJ: "Bitcoin is moving from the margins of the financial world closer to its center. CME Group Inc., CME 0.78% the world’s biggest exchange group, said Tuesday it aims to launch … Continue reading Bitcoin Tsunami