Monthly Archives: June 2009

Prophets and Profits

No, this article will definitely not be a Bible sermon. However, it will look at the success levels of two fairly well to-do Israeli companies, and try to get a bit of understanding as to why the land of the … Continue reading

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Advertising vs. Sales – Why Free is Very Expensive

In the years 2006-2008, Google earned, respectively, $10.5BN, $16.4BN and $21.1BN in advertising revenues. With net income of $3-4BN each of those three years, it is hardly surprising that “free supported by advertising” became the model of choice for many … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

On Tuesday, 2009.06.24, Oracle posted its fiscal fourth quarter results for the period ending 2009.05.31, as well as the “guidance” for future earnings. We won’t get into the value of this guidance, and the impact it has on running the … Continue reading

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Is the iPhone Camera Really a Threat?

The photo-sharing site Flickr, owned by Yahoo, is one of the top online photo-sharing sites. It hosts at least 3BN images, and has over 24MM unique visitors. One of the interesting elements about Flickr is that it tracks the cameras … Continue reading

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The Value of Scalpers – Why Ticketmaster Has It All Wrong – Part II

In Part I of this article, we analyzed Ticketmaster’s operations, particularly over the last several years. The conclusions we came to were: Ticketmaster appears to be increasing its staff at a rate that is too fast for its growth, and … Continue reading

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HIPAA vs. PCI – Compare and Contrast Security Standards

For the last several years, data privacy and security has received a significant amount of press coverage. To be fair, this is for a good reason: most entities – private, non-profit, governmental or otherwise – due an absolutely abysmal job … Continue reading

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Finance and politics – navigating the waters of success

Despite the title of this post, we will not be discussing the current or previous administration’s involvement in the financial sector, the federal reserve bank, or any of a myriad of acronyms from TARP to TALF to PIPP. Rather, we … Continue reading

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Destruction of newspapers and the creation of wealth

Business Insider had a fascinating short article on the inverse relationship between Craigslist and newspaper classified advertising revenues. The primary image is shown below. It is well-known that the newspaper industry, which exists largely based on advertising revenue, with a … Continue reading

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Is the canary really dead? Success and failure of Venture Capital

Last fall (2008), a presentation was given at Harvard Business School, and reposted on SlideShare and TheFunded.com. The primary argument was that the Venture Capital (VC) model is broken, because it does not achieve its primary objectives of “funding growing … Continue reading

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Moses as Venture Capitalist?

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines humiltiy as “the quality or state of being humble.” Interestingly, it does not require self-effacement, turn the other cheek, or self-flagellation (let alone that wonderful term, defenstration). These are not attributes of being humble, or, by extension, … Continue reading

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