Yesterday Qualcomm (tkr: QCOM) announced that Cristiano Amon - an engineer - would become the company's next CEO in June. Current QCOM CEO Steven Mollenkopf is also an engineer. This contrasts sharply with Intel (tkr: INTC), CEO Bob Swan - a career CFO. If you regularly read these pages and listen to our TEK2day Podcast … Continue reading Technology CEOs Who Lack Technology Chops
It is amazing what institutional investors - especially large holders - put up with. Do Portfolio Managers communicate with CEOs any longer? PMs used to speak with management teams to provide feedback around capital allocation decisions, financial disclosures and more. My sense is that less of this interaction occurs today. Below we cover a few … Continue reading Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.
Innovation is the name of the game and I am unable to think of a major bank that has innovated or disrupted the market over the past 20-30 years. Goldman probably comes closest. Goldman's biggest "innovation" was attaching itself to Apple's coat tails. JPMorgan has leveraged AI and other advanced technologies internally. However, JPM has … Continue reading Most Banking CEOs Fail To Innovate. New Citi CEO Jane Fraser May Have Better Luck.
A number of companies across industries have done a fine job of protecting profits during the COVID pandemic even as they experienced revenue pressure. We are not as bullish as those who assume that 2021 will see revenue growth rates for most companies return to pre-pandemic levels. Innovation - a difficult phenomenon to master - … Continue reading Innovation Will Lead Companies Out of the Downturn
Short-term greed has gripped some of the world's largest Technology companies. A number of CEOs and Boards are guilty of trading long-term innovation and customer value for short-term share price support. Innovative companies (we provide examples), have bucked the buyback trend. Record high corporate debt levels have funded record share buyback activity in recent years. … Continue reading Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense
Alternative Title: Innovation at Scale Sure, it's cheaper than ever to innovate today. Computing power increases while prices stay relatively flat. Cloud computing enables startups and small companies to acquire server capacity when needed and to leverage Artificial Intelligence capability from Day 1. Yet there are still real benefits to having scale, especially within the … Continue reading Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You
The software industry is fluid and unforgiving - especially the CyberSecurity space. Companies either innovate or fall behind. There is no such thing as standing still. This week semiconductor firm Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) agreed to acquire Symantec's Enterprise business. Symantec (tkr: SYMC), is a CyberSecurity software vendor and is a laggard in an industry that's … Continue reading The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind
JPM has the largest technology budget of any FI having invested approximately $11 billion in technology during 2018 with approximately $5 billion allocated toward new technology investments. This investment level is substantially larger than the new product development/ R&D investment levels of certain well known Fintech players. However, the numbers do not tell a complete … Continue reading JP Morgan vs. Fintech ThreatsPremium
Today’s announcement that Fiserv plans to acquire First Data in a $22 billion all stock deal continues the string of payments-related deals. More importantly it stresses what many know – that the incumbent payment companies are not innovation factories. Acquire in the absence of innovation – although I believe all companies should have an active … Continue reading Fiserv & First Data: Acquire in the Absence of InnovationPremium
Successful product innovation is a bit like capturing lightning in a bottle. It is no different from creating a hit movie or a hit song. Despite its ethereal nature innovation can be run as a line of business. Make no mistake - innovation is a volume game - at bats matter. Below are six principles … Continue reading Smart Innovation: Innovation as a LOB or “Innovation as a Service”