Monthly Archives: August 2008

Search and ye shall find – can a search engine understand that?

In the first part of this post, we analyzed what the position of the dominant player (Google) is, where there are opportunities, and what they need to succeed. In this part, we will briefly review the one I interviewed recently, … Continue reading

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Search and ye shall find – the future of search

In the year 2008, there is one 80-pound-gorilla in the corner in the world of search, and its name is Google. FY2007 revenues were $16.6BN with net income of $4BN. In any industry, and especially one as R&D- (and hence … Continue reading

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The future of search – quick foreword

Some time in the near future we will be publishing an article analyzing the search industry. Although it appears to everyone that there is just one big company in this business (hint: $16.6BN in revenue and $4.2BN in net income … Continue reading

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From horse to Pegasus – is there any future to the music industry? Part III

In Part I of this series, we explored why the music industry is suffering, and what the market, technology and legal forces are that brought it to this point. In Part II, we discussed what the barriers to change are … Continue reading

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Beating a dead horse – is there any future to the music industry? Part II

In Part I, we explored how the market and world within with the music industry operates has changed, especially in the last decade. Clearly a new business model is necessary, as any turnaround or strategy expert could have predicted as … Continue reading

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Beating a dead horse – is there any future to the music industry? Part I

The jeremiads are everywhere and have been for several years: the Internet will be the death of the music industry, at least as we know it. The reasons behind this death knell, and what they can do about it, are … Continue reading

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We are not amused – the economics of amusement parks

Recently, I had the experience of seeing two related events in the business of amusement parks. First, The Wall Street Journal, one the front page of its Tuesday, August 5, 2008, edition, had an interesting article on the financial troubles … Continue reading

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Business consultant vs. investment banker – which to use?

I recently received a call from a potential client who is considering a sale of their business. The sale had not been initiated by the owner, but rather by several competitors who had approached the owner to purchase their business. … Continue reading

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