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
Facebook needs to build a bridge between its present product portfolio and a Metaverse-centric future. iOS users began to opt out of iOS app tracking when iOS 14.5 was released in April 2021 as part of Apple's App Tracking Transparency policy. iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are required to request users' permission to track … Continue reading Between Here and The Metaverse
Prior to the 2008-2009 Financial crisis, stock buybacks were typically used by management teams to offset options dilution and to acquire undervalued company shares. Today, companies primarily use stock buybacks to goose the value of CEO options packages as well as to goose the value of shares held by CEOs and large institutional holders. The … Continue reading The Stock Buyback Scam
Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects
Intuit (ticker: INTU), recently announced that it had agreed to acquire Mailchimp, the marketing platform used by small and medium-sized businesses (we are a Mailchimp customer). Intuit is in the business of serving the SMB market. Facebook (ticker: FB), also serves SMBs and made a smart acquisition last year (Kustomer acquisition) to bolster its SMB … Continue reading A Win for Intuit. A Loss for Facebook
Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft each grew headcount in 2020 with all but Alphabet accelerating headcount growth. Big Tech has a hunger for software engineers, architects, designers and data scientists. These skilled employees are working to scale sophisticated cloud platforms, applications and services that increasingly leverage advanced automation and analytics powered by artificial intelligence/ … Continue reading Big Tech’s Hunger For Talent
Cerner, Epic, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and more will spearhead the Vaccination Passport. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, CERN, CHNG/UNH, CRM, FB, GOOG, MSFT, ORCL, RAMP One could argue that we already have National ID cards. Our digital footprint serves as a unique identifier and is easy to aggregate using cross-device tracking technology served up by Google, … Continue reading A Vaccination Passport Is Coming. Digital Currency and A National ID Card Are Next.
Google is an information black hole ingesting every bit of data in its path. Google essentially crowdsources data gathering by using willing humans to volunteer information - including sensitive PII data - typically by way of the mobile phone as a conduit. Mobile applications such as Google Assistant, Chrome, Photos, Maps, G-Suite, Google Retail, Google … Continue reading It’s Google’s World. We Just Live In It.
The Federal Government won't split Facebook into pieces much less shut it down. Facebook is too valuable to national defense. Instead, we expect Facebook to deepen ties with the Federal Government. Someday perhaps FB may become partially nationalized much like Freddie Mac. Facebook (tkr: FB), is more valuable to the Federal Government as a thriving … Continue reading Facebook Is Here To Stay
AWS, Azure and GCP - the respective cloud platforms for technology giants Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOG) - will benefit from each company's cloud gaming service. Similar to exercising one's body, cloud platforms benefit from use. Cloud gaming is a recent use case that should further strengthen the leading cloud platforms: AWS, Azure … Continue reading AWS, Azure & GCP Will Benefit from Their Respective Cloud Gaming Services