Google buying Motorola mobility- Smart deal but is it a smart strategy?

The big deal Monday morning was Google’s jumbo sized deal to buy out Motorola Mobility(MMI) for $12.5 Bil in cash. Clearly this one is Google’s largest deal ever- 4x their previous one with DoubleClick and >8x of Youtube. At first glance, it appears that Google has overpaid( a 63% premium for Friday Aug 12th closing price) for MMI, or did they? Read more…

6 comments   Posted by Ramr - August 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Revisiting the change in Netflix pricing

The recent changes in Netflix’s subscription pricing is really smart! To summarise Netflix switched it’s model from one price for ‘DVD’s at home’ plus ‘ unlimited streaming’ ( $9.99) to one where Read more…

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Why sales tax on e-tailers is the wrong idea

Jeff Bezos Amazon’s CEO recently provided a good interview at the SSCR summit ( Consumer Reports). Among the questions that he answered was the one about the sales tax controversy. Read more…

Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - May 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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iPad 2 – Why now and what can it do for Apple?

Here’s a question for Product Management. Is shortening your product lifecycle a good thing? or not? Apple’s launch of iPad 2 has been quite impressive. But why did they really do this? Read more…

Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - March 14, 2011 at 12:19 am

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Leveraging the Halo effect

The Halo effect is a powerful new paradigm that enables consumers to consume more of your product and/or services. It appears to be a theme that is generated by one product and replicated onto another. A seamless connection in the minds of the consumer. Tim Cook COO of Apple talked about that in the last earnings call. How big is this in today’s world for organizations – pretty big. Let’s look at some recent examples

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Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - February 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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Time to replace the P in PC?

Ten years from today if someone asked the question – ‘what is a PC’ – don’t be surprised if you get some very different answers to the one that you had currently in mind. Now I don’t mean that the PC itself is changing but rather other forces are forcing a transformation

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Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - February 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

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Qualcomm + Atheros- why this makes sense and who should worry

Earlier this month, Qualcomm announced the acquisition of Atheros a leading wifi chipset maker for $3.1 Bil amounting to about $45/share in cash. Read more…

Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - January 30, 2011 at 12:07 am

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Where’s Facebook going?

This Friday came the astonishing news that Facebook has pulled in almost $1.5 Bil in new investor funding, most of that from foreign investors. Though the article also brings up other questions that should be of interest to Wall Street and other potential IPO companies on how to raise capital, we need to also think about a very simple question. Where’s Facebook going with that money? Read more…

Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - January 23, 2011 at 12:20 am

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The Power of Distribution or should it be distributing power?

Since my last post on the triumph of exclusivity Verizon announced the availability of the iphone on it’s network. The appears to be a win for Verizon, but what if this was a strategic move by Apple that had been long planned and in the works for some time? Read more…

Be the first to comment   Posted by Ramr - January 17, 2011 at 1:09 am

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The triumph of exclusivity

A recent survey found 2 of the 4 US wireless carriers at the bottom of customer satisfaction scores. Both AT&T and (surprise) Verizon were at the bottom of the list. If the above ratings are valid in 2011, consumers should end up with a similar experience on both networks for any smartphone, unless there is a really significant difference in carrier technology.

It is also quite possible that this outcome is due to consumers having much higher expectations than before, owing to the numerous digital avenues that are available for collective expression – think Twitter and Facebook. Read more…

1 comment   Posted by Ramr - January 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

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