New York — IBM wants to buy Sun and is prepared to pay a hefty premium. Whatever this deal’s value to IBM, it cannot be anything to do with Sun’s operational integrity because that has declined as markedly over the last decade as IBM’s has improved. The chart tells the story.
New York — Some of the world’s biggest companies are about to blow
one of the most exceptional growth opportunities in history. Seventy
million light vehicles are sold annually, demand is rising steadily
worldwide, the industry is in the beginning of a huge replacement cycle
to green vehicles, but, most of today’s suppliers will not be around to
New York — Talk about asymmetric innovation, today the big story was Microsoft hiring comedian Jerry Seinfeld for $10 million to help rebuild its stodgy image in what the Wall Street Journal called its “Battle to Beat Apple.” While the blogosphere chattered away about how Seinfeld used Macs on his show and once appeared in an Apple ad, the real story is in this chart.
Tokyo — NBC’s Beijing Olympics coverage was over
the top, with more coverage over the air, on its cable networks, and
online than in all the years since the 1960 Olympics, combined. But
here’s the shocker: despite streaming most of this — thousands of hours
— over nbcolympics.com, the Games drew less than $6 million in online
advertising revenues. That’s a tiny fraction of the $1 Billion NBC
recouped on legacy media toward what it spent to acquire American
The collapse of the U.S. automotive industry is, without question, one of the greatest tragedies of the age. Hundreds of thousands have lost jobs already and hundreds of thousands more will follow them in the coming years.
What makes the story so compelling is the homes that will be lost, the college educations that will go unfunded, and how easy all this was to foresee and therefore to forestall.
To read the entire report on the Auto Industry, published in 2006, download the PDF here