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Quick Thoughts: HPQ – Another 180 Degree Turn, But Still No Strategic Direction

–           HPQ’s plan to split in two echoes EBAY’s PayPal spinout, completely repudiating its previous assertion of strategic synergies and capitulating to financial market pressure –           HP Inc., the PC/Printer business, will be in long term decline, but could be

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Consumer Data: It’s Not Just What You Have, It’s Also Knowing What to Do With It.

As the time that consumers spend on line continues to grow, particularly on mobile devices, the information that various companies are able to collect about their users is also growing. The value of that information – for commercial advertising, commerce,

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Quick Thoughts: EBAY – OK Carl, Just Don’t Tell Us “I Told You So”

–          A PayPal spinoff is a sharp shift from EBAY’s “one-stop” merchandizing outsourcing strategy, relegating often asserted synergies between EBAY and PayPal to arm’s-length contracts –          PayPal is growing but faces growing threats. AAPL is making payments an iOS default

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Quick Thoughts: Apple Watch – All About the Benjamins

–          The Apple Watch lacks a compelling use case at launch, but critics are gun shy after missing on iPad. Demand driven by fashion, not function, with 10% max penetration into iPhone base –          $349 is the bare bones price

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Apple Pay: Friend (and Potential Foe) to the Payments Industry Status Quo

Apple Pay: Friend (and Potential Foe) to the Payments Industry Status Quo Apple Pay combines NFC, TouchID, and HW secured “tokens” on its iPhone 6 to execute retail POS transactions, meeting the security requirements of the card nets (V, MC,

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Quick Thoughts: T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0 Takes Aim at VZ/T’s Profits

–        TMUS’ “Uncarrier” strategy is working with 2.75M gross sub ads including 1M post paid ads in August alone and porting ratios from other carriers at over 2 to 1 –        CEO John Legere unveiled a new strategy to leverage

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Quick Thoughts: Apple – Go Big or Go Home

–           The big screen iPhone 6 and 6+ should pull upgrade sales sharply forward, even at a higher average price point than the 5S, yielding 15%+ sales growth from iPhone for AAPL’s FY15. –           The Apple Watch is beautiful and

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Infrastructure as a Service: The Race Won’t Go All the Way to the Bottom

Infrastructure as a Service: The Race Won’t Go All the Way to the Bottom The stakes for public cloud operators (IaaS) are huge. Annual global spending on enterprise data centers – hardware, infrastructure software, staffing, facilities, etc. – is more

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Quick Thoughts: TWTR 2Q14 – How Tweet it Is!

–          TWTR crushed expectations on every important metric, in particular delivering 24% growth in monthly average users, reversing a deceleration that had previously spooked investors –          Sales growth accelerated to 124% YoY, with ad $/MAU up 85% despite a disadvantageous

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Quick Thoughts: AMZN 2Q14 – Jeff Bezos REALLY Doesn’t Care about You

–          AMZN delivered its 4th quarterly loss in two years, well below both guidance and consensus, driven by massive investment in new content, devices, and services, and promised bigger losses next Q. –          Sales were characteristically strong, up 23% YoY,

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