Making sense of Yahoo’s recent acquisitions

March 27, 2013

Gold-buying-companyYahoo! has acquired 6 companies in last 9 months after Marissa Mayer joined as CEO – Ontheair, Alike, Stamped, Snip-it, Jybe, and Summly. According to Yahoo’s corporate development department – “Primarily Yahoo! wants to buy small, failed startups with excellent teams for very little money.” Tech bloggers and experts have attempted to put together these pieces in a broader and long-term context.

Before we delve any deeper, let’s understand the problem each of these companies were trying to solve before Yahoo! picked them up – Read the rest of this entry »

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Google’s marketing opportunities

March 4, 2013

Don Draper SofaGoogle has been in the news a lot recently. The stock is trading at all time high. The company was one of the victims of the Chinese hackers’ attack. The Internship, an upcoming summer movie featuring successful and popular duo of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, is about two salesmen beating all the odds to secure coveted internships at Google. A report from 9to5google surfaced about the possibility of Google opening its physical retail stores. Read the rest of this entry »

The on-demand transportation space is crowded

February 5, 2013

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The number of options for the local transportation in SF has been on the steady rise. If you are in no mood to drive, you can choose from the old school cabs (run by multiple companies), plush and lavish Uber, pink-mustache bearing vehicles from Lyft and Sidecar. If you don’t own a car and either have an urge to enjoy (or grapple with) the slopes of SF or need the car for a few hours of the day, you can rent from companies such as Zipcar or wheelz or rent from individuals using platforms such as Relayrides or Getaround . What was interesting till a few days ago was that each of the players had differentiated value propositions reflected by their price points. Things changed when Uber launched Uber X in July 2012 at 35% discounted price, comparable to the prices for Lyft and SideCar. And then yesterday, Uber made its intentions clearer by announcing that its deal with California Public Utilities Commission will allow the company to start ride-sharing service in California in the near future and to slash Uber X prices further down. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple of the investors’ eyes… NOT!

January 25, 2013

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Apple released its Q1’13 earnings yesterday with record quarterly revenue and profits of $54.5B and $13.1B respectively. The results are driven by record breaking sales of iPhones and iPads. Apple’s cash balance is now $137B. Of course, the creative folks are busy putting this cash balance in perspective.

However, all is not well for Cupertino powerhouse. The stock is down 10% in after-hours trading. The general layman consensus is that the wall street is greedy and the short-term negative outlook is pushing the stock down. Even well reputed reporters have publicly expressed their anguish towards the institutional investors. Read it here and here. Read the rest of this entry »

Here I am!

March 29, 2007

and I should be sprinkling the tidbits of my opinion on something extremely meaningful or something absolutely stupid; but I got this urge to write a blog and as always, I am busy with some other important stuff… So, more later… meanwhile, please check this out, especially if you are one of those web2.0 wannabes…

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