Posts filed under “Technology”

Tesla Motors Bailout ?

Guess who is the latest firm seeking to jump on the Bailout gravy train?

Electric car start up Tesla Motors.

“THE Tesla Roadster is an electric car that goes fast, looks sensational and excites envy. The seductive appearance, however, obscures some inconvenient truths: its all-electric technology remains woefully immature and don’t-even-ask expensive. If enough billionaires step forward to inject additional capital to keep the doors of its manufacturer, Tesla Motors, open, I’m happy for all parties.

If investors pass up the opportunity, however, why should taxpayers fork over the capital that Tesla needs? The Roadster is not much more than a functioning concept car that sells for $109,000. The company is requesting $400 million in low-interest federal loans as part of the $25 billion loan package for the auto industry passed by Congress last year.

The program is intended to encourage automakers to improve fuel efficiency, but should it be used for a purpose like this, as the 2008 Bailout of Very, Very High-Net-Worth Individuals Who Invested in Tesla Motors Act? Can you conceive any way that federal dollars could be put at greater risk — and for no equity in return, keep in mind — to benefit fewer people?

Tesla Motors, a privately held company based in San Carlos, Calif., has spent almost all of the $145 million in capital it has raised to date. It says it will soon receive another round of $40 million from its private investors to sustain operations.”

If the government wants to get into the business of funding start ups for new technologies, that’s an option that should be carefully debated and discussed prior to cash being disbursed. I am not totally against the idea, as there are some worthy technologies that have too long a development period for private equity to wait on.

But an ad hoc series of companies sidling up to the gravy train after private equity has funded them once, and no longer thinks it s a viable business model?

No thanks. . .

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Source:
Only the Rich Can Afford It. Should Taxpayers Back It?
RANDALL STROSS
NYT, November 28, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/business/30digi.html

Category: Bailouts, Technology, Venture Capital

Buying Tech, Energy at Bargain Prices

Andy Bischel of SKBA Capital is eyeing bruised stocks with solid earnings growth potential. He talks about the prospects for Intel, Chesapeake Energy and Nasdaq. His firm runs the AHA Socially Responsible Equity Fund.

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Marketwatch, 11/20/2008

Category: Earnings, Technology, Valuation, Video

Intel’s Warning

Intel highlights day’s action in the tech sector after chip maker cuts its sales outlook. This prompts several analysts to lower their forecasts for the entire computer industry, including Dell and H-P. (Nov. 13)

Hot Stocks: Technology 11/13/2008

via Marketwatch

Category: Earnings, Technology, Trading, Video

Honda: Experimental Walking Assist Device

Bizarre:

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on an individual’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The device is designed for people who are capable of walking and maneuvering on their own, but who can benefit from additional leg and body support while performing tasks. Honda will now begin testing the device in real-world conditions to evaluate its effectiveness.

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Source:
Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With Bodyweight Support System
November 07, 2008 08:05 AM Eastern Time

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20081107005135&newsLang=en

Video

http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20081107005135/en/1717643

Category: Technology, Video

Ditching the Apple iPhone . . .

Category: Digital Media, Technology, Web/Tech

Posterous.com

Category: Technology, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Not-Quite-a Linkfest

Category: Economy, Financial Press, Technology

Google Proximity: Informational Distance Between Cities

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

12 Questions on Markets and the Economy

Category: Commodities, Credit, Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Investing, Markets, Real Estate, Technology, War/Defense

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Category: Technology