Posts filed under “M&A”

New Business Model: Launch New Sites to Annoy/Sell to Apple

As a longstanding Mac guy, I’ve spent way too much time defending Apple against people who just didn’t understand them. But I have to wonder about their newfound zealotry for buying-to-close sites that play right into Apple’s PR strategy by guessing/revealing what upcoming hardware is.

I assume that Fake Steve’s discussion of the nastygrams and selling his site to Apple is bogus. Why would Apple even care? He’s been outed, AND his book was released. Fake Steve jumped the shark.


But his posts have given me an idea for a new tech company: Just launch new sites that annoy Apple. Then as each one annoys Real Steve, sell them to Apple.

The obvious ones are the secrets, rumors, and new product launches. Launch plenty of those.

Then there are the sites that spider the patent office, looking at each and every filing Apple does, and surmising wild new products.

But my favorites go beyond Fake Steve, working down the list of fake Apple executives: Fake Peter Oppenheimer (CFO), fake Tim Cook (COO), fake Ron Johnson (Retail), fake Tony Fadell (iPod Division). 

Even a Fake Steve Wozniak would be quite amusing, especially if he were portrayed as a bitter drunk (no, wait, that won’t generate money from Apple . . .)

Category: Corporate Management, M&A, Technology, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Biggest M&A Year in History

Category: Corporate Management, M&A, Markets

Buffett Sell Signal

Category: Corporate Management, Financial Press, M&A, Psychology, Trading

Buffett to Buy Bear? Bull$%*# !

Category: Corporate Management, Derivatives, Financial Press, M&A, Valuation

New Project(s)

What a crazy week — and the market is the least of it!

We moved from our old space on Park Avenue & 49th (across from
the Waldorf) to larger quarters a few blocks over on 5th Avenue. I have been switching back and forth between Starbux and Bryant Park for internet access (and posting less because I have been out of the office more than in). The
furniture is in, the phones are hooked up, and tomorrow, rumor has it
Verizon will light us up with a big fat pipe, connecting us to that
series of tubes.

But what’s been really odd is that a dozen seperate projects I have been working on for a few years now — some big, some small, all eclectic — have practically all-at-once, simultaneously, lurched towards fruition.

These include:

A major media project

I may join a new BoD

A fun little web project (its potentially very, very funny)

A significant quant application (this is a very powerful tool)

A brand new video venture

Two fascinating blog related advertising concepts

An expansion of an earlier book blogging idea

A new private equity fund 

And that was just this week!

We will discuss more about these in the coming weeks; Just about all of them have a market/stock/economic component to them. I’ll keep you up to speed with these as they develop.

I expect/hope that at least 3 of these 7 close before Halloween. . .

Category: Digital Media, Hedge Funds, M&A, Video, Weblogs

E*Trade/TD Ameritrade?

Category: Corporate Management, Investing, M&A, Trading

Credit-Market Tremors

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Finance, M&A, Markets

Yahoo! Gone in 12 Months?

Category: Corporate Management, Finance, Financial Press, M&A

M&A Frenzy

Category: Corporate Management, M&A, Markets, Psychology

Microsoft eyeing Yahoo?

Category: Corporate Management, M&A, Web/Tech