Pinterest has a new CEO. Google needs to simplify its Payments strategy. The two are related. On June 4th we wrote (article HERE), that Google's Payments strategy is confusing given the company's three-pronged approach to consumer-facing payment apps - Google Pay, G-Pay and Google Wallet. Much of our surprise was due to the fact that … Continue reading What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?
Google search term "recession" made a new peak this week as compared to other periods over the past 12 months per the graphic below. Source: Google Trends; TEK2day
Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?
Google's customer-facing payments execution is confusing. One must drill down to understand the difference between Google Pay, G Pay and Google Wallet. Further, Google's strategy for each of its FinTech apps differs by geography. Google's confusing positioning is surprising to us given that we have the utmost respect for Bill Ready who leads Google's Payments … Continue reading Google Pay, G Pay, Google Wallet, Oh My!
It is only logical that the leading smartphone company (Apple) and the leading AI company (Google) are increasingly designing more of their own silicon which is optimized for each company's respective products and services. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, AVGO, GOOG, INTC, QCOM, SWKS Think of the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone. Every feature, every application, … Continue reading Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon
Broadcom agrees to acquire VMware for $61 billion As we wrote previously, we believe this acquisition is a strategic blunder on the part of Broadcom (AVGO). Broadcom's acquisition of VMware (VMW) is essentially a "bet the company" type of acquisition given the amount of purchase consideration ($61 billion) and also given the fact that the … Continue reading Broadcom Agrees To Acquire VMware
Last year Broadcom pursued an acquisition of SAS Institute (private) before SAS Co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight withdrew. Now, the WSJ reports that Broadcom (AVGO) is working to acquire private cloud and infrastructure software provider VMware (VMW). While the SAS pursuit was bold and creative, the prospective VMW acquisition is bold, risky and lacks creativity. … Continue reading Bold Broadcom Pursues VMware
We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?
The effect of increased competition on Netflix (NFLX), manifested itself in a net subscriber loss for the first time in 10 years. The net subscriber loss manifested itself approximately one year later than we thought it would. Competition has never been greater on the streaming content side of the media world with Disney (DIS), Apple … Continue reading Further Media Consolidation Is Coming
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