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Since 2012, I’ve been a huge fan of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google. And they have dramatically outperformed the market. In the last few weeks their values have fallen dramatically, and I’ve heard grumblings that these are no longer the stocks to own. I...
Bitcoin value continues to decline, as I predicted in Aug 2017 because it has all the signs of being a fad. Many thought Bitcoin was “the next big thing” and maybe it will be in the future, but for now investors have stopped celebrating with “Macarena”.
Facebook’s latest innovation, Portal, integrates with Alexa, Instagram, and other technologies to enhance personal network communications. The stock of Facebook is well off its recent high so could this be an attempt to rebuild its reputation as an innovator? A closer look at Portal shows it has the potential to be a social media disruptor.
In the recently published, "Facebook- The Making of a Great Company", Adam Hartung analyzes the rise of Facebook and its impact on the financial community, business marketing and innovation. Adam's posts over the years have predicted key milestones in Facebook's...
Adam Hartung has analyzed Facebook extensively for years and has projected the company’s growth, innovation and path to disruption. Here are his most recent posts on Facebook and an outlook.
US Medical costs keep rising, the population keeps aging, and cost of insurance is prohibitive. But people need to recover from illness and get back to wellness. Needs plus Trends equals opportunities… for medical industries in other countries.
The last few quarters sales growth has not been as good for Apple as it once was. The iPhone X didn’t sell as fast as they hoped, and while the Apple Watch outsells the entire Swiss watch industry it does not generate the volumes of an iPhone. And other new products...
Harley Davidson’s response to avoid EU tariffs is to build a plant in Europe- where competition is tougher than in the US. Seems a bit too late for this aging brand that’s been bailed out, lost market share for years and is facing changing demand.
GE’s payout ratio has climbed since 2014, propping up the share price. In 2018, GE was paying out more than earnings. Why didn’t GE re-invest in its own businesses? Perhaps the Board didn’t understand trends and innovation. Anyone can sell off assets but they proved it’s hard to choose a good CEO.
Small companies operate in the niches disregarded by larger firms. It’s in these fringe markets where trends begin, often unnoticed, until its too late to react. Is your firm watching these market segments?
Facebook is following the Amazon playbook on market domination through innovation.
Apple’s Siri is 7 years old, but the neighbor kids down the street Alexa and Cortana are only 4 years old but growing up much faster. Alexa may soon be the popular kid on the block.
Start-ups and marketing development teams can create great ideas. But that’s just halfway to success. Implement well to win.
Netflix – Delivering Your Value Proposition Is More Successful Than Optimizing Your Value Delivery System
To innovate for successful growth, focus on your Value Proposition instead of your Value Delivery System.
E-commerce continues to be a difficult compromise for brick-and-mortar retail companies like Walmart. The e-commerce segment, led by Amazon, has learned how to provide a comfortable and intuitive experience for online buyers. Walmart must wrestle with trends.
Streaming music replaced music on CD in about 10 years. Most people saw the trend. CDs are recycled as clocks. Today, laptops and the operating systems are undergoing a similar disruption. Is your portfolio up-to-date?
United Airlines’ strategy has lost sight of customer needs as it chases cost reductions. This has created a culture of indifference or even disregard for customers. Most other airlines have either led the way or followed suit. Is this the way to build value? or invite re-regulation?
In February, Berkshire Hathaway revealed it had dumped its IBM position. Good riddance to a stock that has gone down for 5 years while the S&P went up! What did Buffett do with the money? He loaded up on Apple – making that high-flyer Berkshire’s #1 holding. So,...
On February 20, 2018 Walmart’s stock had its biggest price drop ever. And the second biggest percentage decline ever. Even though same store sales improved, investors sold off the stock in droves. And after a pretty healthy recent valuation run-up. What happened?...
You can’t recover from a Growth Stall using creative financing. Are some of your investments being propped up with share re-purchases? CEOs are expected to return part of the expected tax savings to shareholders. But, long term success requires investment in innovation as IBM is learning.