We have long questioned the integrity of the reported user metrics disclosed by Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB), as it relates to the number of fake user accounts in a given reporting period (See our recent article Elon Musk Does Perform Due Diligence). A recent Twitter study by SparkToro and Followerwonk claim that 19% of … Continue reading Facebook Will Be Next
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It appears that Elon Musk does perform due diligence. Today the market freaked out when Elon Musk essentially said his Twitter (TWTR), acquisition is on hold pending due diligence. Specifically, as common sense would suggest, Musk does not take Twitter at face value when the company says that fake accounts are less than 5% of … Continue reading Elon Musk Does Perform Due Diligence
Years of weak management and weak corporate governance are the reasons why Twitter is in the mess it is in. Twitter has been social media's weak sibling since its inception, trailing some combination of Facebook/Instagram and TikTok for over a decade. The fact that Twitter is in the position it is in is hardly a … Continue reading Twitter Made Its Own Bed
A CEO's personality offers insights into how that CEO leads his/her company. For example, NLP techniques applied to earnings call transcripts uncover CEO personality attributes that speak to a propensity for undertaking unnecessary risk. For example, Tesla CEO Elon Musk scores low in a couple of key areas (analysis HERE), such that his "outside the … Continue reading Cult of CEO Personality
Tesla CEO Elon Musk (not a founder as he claims) admitted he does not enjoy being CEO today in the SolarCity trial. The Teflon will eventually wear off of pied piper Elon Musk. Mr. Musk was accused of fraud by the SEC in 2018 and was subsequently in violation of his SEC settlement. Mr. Musk … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?
Instagram is on to APIs. Biden's budget implies stagflation. EV poster child Elon Musk will benefit from Biden's spending plan beginning in 2023. Ransomware attacks continue to expose the fragility of our legacy technology systems. Last month we wrote about API strategy. Instagram (tkr: FB), recently opened its platform via APIs to enable Instagram messages … Continue reading Instagram, Stagflation, EVs and More Cyberattacks
Joe Biden's EV fever dream can't become reality without the U.S. investing heavily in nuclear energy. Are Americans ready to have that conversation? Electricity comes from the wall unit of course but what is the source of that current? We updated our electricity source table (below), courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural Gas, … Continue reading EVs, Musk, Biden and Homer Simpson
Elon Musk is happy for prospective Tesla customers, sell-side analysts, buy-side investors and his Twitter followers to believe that Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous when that could not be further from the truth (see our earlier article regarding Autonomous vehicle permits). This fallacy helps promote the narrative around Musk as a genius entrepreneur (newsflash: Musk … Continue reading The Blood Is On Elon Musk’s Hands
The retail trading crowd views Elon Musk as a populist hero. The reality is Musk is a carnival barker and borderline fraudster in the vein of WeWork founder Adam Neumann. Mr. Musk got off easy under lax former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Recall in August 2018 when Musk posted on Twitter that he had secured … Continue reading Elon Musk Is A Carnival Barker At Best, A Criminal At Worst
During an equity market bubble 13-year old children are as smart or smarter than experienced stock pickers. Who needs to assess valuation, industry trends, the competitive landscape and management teams when stocks only go up? Heck, reddit chat room WallStreetBets ("WSB"), tells investors everything they need to know (said with sarcasm). Plus, Elon Musk Tweeted … Continue reading Everyone Is A Stock-Picking Genius During A Bubble. Where Is The SEC?