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Author Archives: Peter

Are We Ready for “A la Carte” “Cable” Television?

Have you cut the cable yet? There has been a lot of coverage in the news, trades, and other media about how millennials have abandoned “traditional” delivery methods for video product (like cable), and instead are relying on services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and the like. These services have not yet figured out how to … Continue reading »

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What’s With McDonald’s? “Too Big to Fail?”

The phrase, “too big to fail” was bandied about a lot during the financial crisis, especially in discussions about banks, insurance companies, car manufacturers. I’m not sure if that was true or not – of course there would have been a lot of pain if one of those companies had gone under, and a lot … Continue reading »

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More on Uber

More on WebVan, er Uber A few weeks ago, I opined on this forum that I thought “Uber,” the technology company in the peer to peer ride sharing space, was/is the equivalent of the current bubble’s “WebVan,” – overvalued, over invested, destined to either crash and burn spectacularly or be forced to completely reinvent itself. … Continue reading »

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Red Lobster – In a Pinch, Clawing Its Way to the Bottom

Darden, the restaurant operator (Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Yard House, Capital Grille ) sold Red Lobster a few months ago. The acquirer was / is Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, that also holds California Pizza Kitchen. Eddie Bauer, Zales and other consumer facing businesses. Golden Gate was formed by … Continue reading »

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Is Uber This Bubble’s Webvan?

Did Uber Send Hailo Packing? Hailo, the taxi hailing app, started in London by a team of taxi drivers and tech entrepreneurs has pulled the plug on its North American operations, despite having raised more than $100 mil from some of the top venture firms. The company operates in more than thirty cities around the … Continue reading »

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I, For One, Don’t Believe Most CEOs are Overpaid

A topic that gets a lot of press these days is the compensation packages awarded to some CEOs. Many people take umbrage to the size of these packages, for a variety of reasons including “disproportionate to rank and file,” “nobody is worth that much,” “(the company) could have used the same amount of money to … Continue reading »

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Jeff Zucker, The Man In Charge of Killing CNN

Introduced to the world in 1980 by television visionary Ted Turner, CNN, which stands for Cable NEWS Network, became the first 24/7 television news network. It has cable distribution deals that afford it a reach of 100,000,000 homes in the US, and millions and millions of more viewers through its international networks and affiliates. In … Continue reading »

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Trust Your Employees and Reap the Rewards

Richard Branson, Chairman of the multinational Virgin Group, made some “news” this week by announcing that employees of the (over 400) companies would no longer be bound by an official vacation policy; employees would be free to take the time they need/want, and it would not be monitored. In other words, Branson is placing his … Continue reading »

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Ken Wheaton, Ad Age Editor, Takes Umbrage with Latest Carl’s Jr / Hardees TV Ads

In a recent editorial, he says: (the ads) are disgusting, the (agency and client) should be ashamed of themselves, (the ads) aren’t sexy or funny. The maligned advertising agency is “72 and Sunny,” a creative shop out of Los Angeles and Amsterdam; here’s a look at some of their work for other clients. From online … Continue reading »

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Today I Fix Retail Stores

Today I Solve The Problems of Retailers Sears, Radio Shack, Best Buy…..going, going gone? Many analysts think so. Radio Shack used to be so cool, and still could be. It’s the only place to get things you didn’t know you needed. Capacitors, resistors, bits of wire and plugs. Hobbyists and home handymen are the market. … Continue reading »

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