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A look at the General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Toshiba Spin-off announcements

Breaking up is hard to do — and sometimes takes a while. In the last few weeks, there have been a flurry of announcements from iconic firms, all founded well over a century ago, regarding their pending breakup into two or three public companies: General Electric (ticker GE), Johnson &…

A new book chronicles the rise of passive investing, the pioneers who made it a dominant force in finance — and its potential downsides

When the renowned investor Warren Buffett bets a million dollars on an outcome, it’s rarely a good idea to take the other side of it. In 2008, the hedge fund manager Ted Seides decided to try his luck anyway, taking on Buffett’s public wager that an index fund that tracked…

Disney’s content-producing teams are firing on all cylinders. And it is working.

Since launching Disney+ in November 2019, the streaming service has gained 116 million subscribers. (Netflix has only gained 47 million during that time.) Hulu, which has been around for as long as anyone can remember, saw its most significant growth by absolute numbers last month. According to estimates from appfigures.com…

Number Crunch

Some investors warn that the eyewear company is being viewed through rose-tinted glasses

$6 billion: Warby Parker’s staggering valuation after its stock prices soared 36% during its debut on the stock market last Wednesday.

Many eyeballs were fixed on Warby Parker’s stock market debut on September 29, eager to see how the market would react to a DTC brand going public. The company…

No Mercy No Malice

Firms would love to have us believe that society’s biggest problems can be fixed as our stock portfolios explode in value

Note: I was not under influence of Zacapa or edibles writing this one … so it’s wonky. Oh well, my blog.

A perfect storm may be brewing: tech, software as a service (SaaS), and climate change. My podcast co-host, Kara Swisher, believes the first trillionaire will be an entrepreneur who…

An important lesson that correlation does NOT imply causation

Here’s a headline from a Washington Post article by Paulina Villegas on June 16, 2021 (there were many similar headlines around the world as well): “Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed Coca-Cola. The company’s market value fell $4 billion.” The article referred to soccer’s (football’s) Portuguese superstar, who sat down at a press…

A fascinating new book paints a cautionary tale of Adam Neumann’s incredible rise and the dangers of the messianic leader

I only visited one WeWork office, a co-working space at 33 Irving Pl, in New York City, in 2018. I was there to help judge a technology competition and wondered why this company was meeting in a WeWork office.

I’d heard of WeWork but knew little about it. The buzz…

The new world of ‘shit coins’ is fertile ground for pump-and-dump schemes

Last Wednesday was a rough day for cryptocurrency investors. Cryptocurrencies fell across the board, losing more than $500 billion in value at one point, with Bitcoin plummeting more than 20%. And while the market stabilized near the end of the day and bounced back some over the next couple of…

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