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.
There is a difference between truly Autonomous Vehicles - those qualified to operate without a driver - and ancillary technologies such as driver assist. Below we provide detail about where various Auto OEMs are in their Autonomous evolution as measured by Autonomous Vehicle permits held in the state of California. (For those who receive our … Continue reading Autonomous Vehicle Permits in CA
The CEORater "Quality" Portfolio is an experiment which we began running at the end of 2018. The portfolio consists of a mix of Software, Information Services and Fintech companies, half of which are led by founder CEOs (we generally prefer founder CEOs). The question the experiment sought to answer was "How would a basket of … Continue reading CEORater “Quality” Portfolio Outperformed in 2020
Apple CEO in-waiting Jeff Williams is a Tim Cook clone. We argue that Apple's next Chief Executive ought to be a risk-taking, product-focused CEO that conducts him/herself with a sense of urgency to drive Product & Services growth. Another caretaker CEO would be less than optimal. Companies mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Cerner … Continue reading Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator
Usage-based pricing models enable customers to better understand cost drivers of a given product or service. In addition, Technology vendors may capture revenue lift from usage-based pricing that otherwise may be left on the table under a traditional tiered fee or flat fee pricing model. Tickers mentioned: GOOG, SNOW The tiered subscription pricing model favored … Continue reading Usage-Based Pricing Models Can Be A Win-Win for Customers and Vendors
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.
High product usage rates combined with high switching costs equal pricing power. Google Photos - the popular photo & video management platform for Android and iOS - has pricing power to spare. Google ran the playbook perfectly. Years ago Google promised users of its Photos service that the service would remain free for life so … Continue reading 28 Billion New Photos & Videos Each Week Means Google Photos Has Pricing Power
It is our contention that beginning Friday evening Microsoft prevented LinkedIn users from accessing the online service via Chrome's browser. We believe Microsoft prevented users from accessing its LinkedIn service via Chrome in the hopes of: Causing a bit of pain for Google/Alphabet; Potentially capturing a cohort of new Edge users who used Microsoft's browser … Continue reading Chrome vs. Edge: Browser Wars 2.0
Amazon (tkr: AMZN) is one of four firms working to reshape the healthcare landscape along with Walmart (tkr: WMT), Alphabet (tkr: GOOG) and Apple (tkr: AAPL). Amazon has established positions in key strategic areas of the healthcare market including healthcare services and insurance (via its Haven joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan) as … Continue reading Amazon Is Reshaping Healthcare
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