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The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The tech industry has cut a Google’s worth of jobs in the past 12 months
bigger companies, more profitable products, with less people. // “It would be wrong to assume that increased job cuts are a sign of weakness in the tech sector,” Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said in a statement. “The simple fact is that the industry is going through a transformation and companies either have to shift their focus or risk extinction. We will always need technology, but how we interact with it, as well as where and when we interact with it, are changing rapidly.” //&! http://recode.net/2016/04/19/intel-chipmaker-mobile-earnings-restructuring/ - Intel missed the mobile revolution. Now it faces its day of reckoning.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
EU Presses Inquiries Into Google Parent Alphabet
Probes into Adsense, Android are advancing European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager says // EU antitrust boss Margrethe Vestager said in an interview that an investigation into Google's Android and AdSense businesses was "continuing," suggesting that formal charges are on the way. In a hearing, Vestager also said that a two-year investigation of Apple's tax strategy in Ireland is also ongoing.
antitrust  Google  Inc.  AdSense  Android  Apple  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Alphabet  Inc. 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Google unpaid taxes: France seeks €1.6bn from search giant - BBC News
The figure is substantially more than the £130m the search engine agreed to pay in back taxes to UK authorities. However, France's AFP news agency reported that Google might be able to negotiate and may not pay the full sum. The company's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is visiting Paris and was due to meet the France's economy minister Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night. It is not clear if they will discuss the tax issue. Earlier this month, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin ruled out striking a deal with the US company. [...] [ HMRC's VIP deals ] Brussels investigates Europe's competition authorities have been examining whether some deals struck by big companies with national tax authorities amount to illegal state aid. Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler were told they must pay back up to €30m (£22m) in taxes after European tax breaks were ruled illegal.
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  UK  France  George  Osborne  HMRC  European  Union 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Email Shows How Google Gets Things Done In Washington - BuzzFeed News
[ tech; winner takes all ] Shelton’s email, which has not previously been disclosed, shows the extent to which Google has tried to wield influence in Washington. The search giant, which has spent years battling the FTC on various fronts and is currently facing separate antitrust charges in Europe, has built a prodigious lobbying operation that it deploys on matters large and small. //&! Rich, Powerful, And Under Investigation: Google Is The New Microsoft The European Union has filed charges alleging Google uses its dominance of the search market to stifle competition. The complaint brings back memories of Microsoft, back in the days when it made competitors tremble. - bzfd.it/1SKbPIc
antitrust  anti-competitive  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  FTC  USA  European  Union  Europe  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  UK  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Apple  Facebook  Microsoft  Career  Politicians  IRS  HMRC 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Yahoo: Was der Niedergang Apple, Google und Facebook lehrt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Yahoo baut Stellen ab und endet wohl als Ramschware. Der Abstieg des Internet-Pioniers ist auch eine Warnung an Apple, Facebook und Co. [...] Die Krise von Yahoo lässt sich in einer Zahl zusammenfassen: minus 13 Milliarden Dollar. So niedrig bewertet die Börse das Kerngeschäft des amerikanischen Internet-Konzerns inzwischen, hat der Tech-Journalist Matt Levine ausgerechnet. Abzüglich einiger lukrativer Beteiligungen und seiner Bargeldreserven ist Yahoo nichts mehr wert. Weniger als nichts. [...] Die digitalen Mode- und Tech-Magazine, die sie startete, finden wenige Leser. Auch die 2013 gekaufte Blog-Plattform Tumblr entwickelte sich nicht, wie von Mayer erhofft: Von der 1,1-Milliarden-Dollar-Akquisition schreibt Yahoo nun rund ein Viertel ab.
Yahoo!  Y!  Yahoo  Silicon  Valley  Twitter  Apple  Facebook  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Marissa  Mayer  eBay  Paypal  creative  destruction  Tumblr  M&A  WhatsApp  Snapchat  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Greed  capitalism 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Google CEO Sundar Pichai Brings in Less Egotistical Leadership | Re/code
“In leadership at Google, you have to be three-plus standard deviations better than normal in technical ability,” said Bowden, an equity partner at Data Collective who spent eight years at the search giant. That is, Google’s top execs stand well above the average software engineer in skill. That trait, Bowden continued, does not often correlate with an above-average “emotional intelligence” — a capacity for empathy. The savants usually aren’t people persons, said Bowden. Translation: They can be complete jerks. “Sundar,” Bowden added, “is a rare example.” [...] A former Google exec put it less charitably: “All the assholes have left.”
Sundar  Pichai  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Don't  be  evil  Larry  Page 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Google holt erfahrenen Automanager als Chef des Roboterwagen-Projekts - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Google macht wenige Tage vor der Automesse IAA ernst: Der Internetkonzern macht John Krafcik zum Chef der Entwicklung selbstfahrender Autos. Der Ingenieur war lange Manager bei Ford und US-Chef von Hyundai. // on.recode.net/1MnabJj // &! bv.ms/1QgfM21
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Apple 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Five years, building a culture, and handing it off. - Laughing Meme
Nothing we know [ about X ] should be assumed to be true. // Technology is the product of the culture that builds it. // If you want to build for the long term, the only guarantee is change. Invest in your people and your ability to ask questions, not your current answers. Your current answers are wrong, or they will be soon. // Software development should be thought of as a cycle of continual learning and improvement rather a progression from start to finish, or a search for correctness. If you aren’t shipping, you aren’t learning. If it slows down shipping, it probably isn’t worth it. Maturity is knowing when to make the trade off and when not to. // You build a culture of learning by optimizing globally not locally. Your improvement, over time, as a team, with shared tools, practices and beliefs is more important than individual pockets of brilliance. And more satisfying. [ anti-Rock Star dev philosophy ] [ book by Red Hat CEO Open Organization ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Delivering Alphabet: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/11) - YouTube
>> Google's business ventures is under attack. :: Search (via vertical search in form of appification), Advertising (Social Media - FB eating pies), Appification, mobile homescreen (appification), // And the future of Google (future Google product, new cash cow) is not related to Search. very probably! thus, Alphabet Inc. to enable them to run Google Inc. (Search and Android) better and find/build/develop the next cash cow (autonomous car, Nest, anti-ageing (Calico), ...) // higher level situational awareness - as is can't be the future. // optimal capital allocation -sensible-common-sense-best bets, complimentary and moonshots (a mix) // "expand opportunity." //
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Sundar  Pichai  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  business  strategy  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  SWAT  Wall  Street  business  investment  Focus  focused 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Google’s Alphabet Really Spells for Silicon Valley: “I” Is for Innovation (And Also Irrelevance) | Re/code
Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. // To my mind, Google needn’t agonize about staying current to what the kids are up to quite as much as it seems. I know former Intel star Andy Grove once said that “only the paranoid survive,” but everyone from my vantage point seems have taken that to extremes. In fact, aging probably shouldn’t be so much a worry anywhere in Silicon Valley, given the most powerful companies are run by these same ever-aging execs, and most of the money funding the startups is controlled by another cadre of mature — almost always — former dudes. The olds run the place more than it looks. [...] To modify the famed “Godfather II” quote from Hyman Roth: This is the life you have chosen (to always change). Plato once noted that “nothing is real, because everything is always changing or becoming something else.” It’s an old saying, for sure, but it still works for me and maybe realizing that is not such a bad thing.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Alphabet Means — The Information
Google’s growing ambitions were complicating an already complicated structure. [...] Google’s new structure—more than a year in the making—foreshadows more big acquisitions, some spinoffs and probably some more financial accountability. But can Google avoid a conglomerate tax? // &! Larry Page and ‘Retirement’ 2.0 - It is that the transition itself is so unusual, and yet a blueprint I believe other CEOs will try to follow. [ leverage what you have to reach out even further, when you can. then do it. enabled by dual-class stock structure despite haggles with Wall Street during earning calls of spending/losses of Google X and operational costs (lavish perks and compensation) and Wall Street thinking/feeling they get the shorter stick. Forget compounding (real world impact (people, planet, health, ...) >> Brin & Page's view, imagination, vision ...) if there is no % behind it. They are financiers, making money with money. ] // &! The Verge's Social Media Video take: youtu.be/FVtMbhCV3YE
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Page says he wants his fortune to go to Elon Musk. Alphabet is the next best thing. - Vox
Big minds with small ideas. = current Silicon Valley. Old Silicon Valley was counter culture. // you will fail anyway, why not fail with something audacious. really. no fluff. no padding. no spin. ... hard science. facts. global problems that affect us all. pollution, global warming, energy efficiency, waste, democracy, health (sick population), ... // don't fear failure.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Sundar Pichai: Google rising star reaches the top (like his teacher said he would) | Technology | The Guardian
The creation this week of Alphabet has put the 43-year-old in the driver’s seat of a slimmed-down Google, giving him the authority to put his ambition to the test
Google  Inc.  Sundar  Pichai  Alphabet  Inc. 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
No, Google’s new “Alphabet” structure is really nothing like Berkshire Hathaway - Quartz
Page pledges to “rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well.” That would be very Buffett-like, but the types of businesses Alphabet has under its umbrella definitely aren’t. They’re speculative money losers with no clear future, as opposed to Berkshire’s signature cash generators. [...] Unlike Berkshire, Google doesn’t have clearly and publicly articulated criteria for acquisitions, and little experience (and possibly interest) in buying and integrating big, mature, money-making businesses. One of Berkshire’s major advantages is that it manages to pay a lower price for businesses as it offers prestige, a long-term home, and a history of giving management autonomy. Alphabet doesn’t yet offer that. Berkshire headquarters and subsidiaries are also marked by an obsession with frugality, while Google is known for its free cafeteria and extravagantly designed headquarters. But there’s hope its new CFO is bringing some discipline.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alphabet Is More Than Just a New Name | Re/code
Shareholders Don’t Like Moonshots. [...] Organizing as a Conglomerate Makes a Lot of Sense While Google’s CEOs say the new entity will never be a “consumer-driven business,” it’s quite likely that subsidiaries like Android or YouTube could turn out that way. By changing not only it name, but also by reorganizing in a substantial way, Google will change the way the market perceives it. Because they have their hands in many different pots, conglomerates are traditionally seen as more stable investments than technology or advertising companies. Being a conglomerate also makes it much easier for Google to continue growing its business through acquisitions and spinoffs.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Here’s What Google’s Alphabet Businesses Might Look Like — the Qualcomm of Medical Tech | Re/code
Life Sciences, the two-year old health research group inside Google X, officially moved out of X and became its own standalone company under Alphabet. Andy Conrad, a cell biologist, who has led the division since 2013, will be its chief executive. On the same day, Life Sciences announced a new deal with DexCom, a San Diego, Calif. firm that builds continuous glucose monitors for diabetics. Conrad’s unit will create a cloud-based, miniaturized sensor — about the size of two pennies stacked atop one another, according to DexCom CEO Kevin Sayer. DexCom will then sell it. [ imagine it being connected to your smartphone and you quantifying your activity and meals ] [ 10% of NHS budget is spend on diabetes care, management, prevention, and probably include amputations/blindness because of unmanaged diabetes too. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What We Know About Google’s Alphabet Soup. And What We Don’t. | Re/code
Investment: Google has frequently cited, including on its last earnings goal, the investment philosophy of 70/20/10: Seventy percent allocated to support the core business, a fifth on “adjacent areas” and the remaining 10 percent on the long-term visionary projects.
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Google 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Do You Trust Larry Page? - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Given the fact that Alphabet née Google is the second most valuable enterprise in the world, it’s striking to consider Larry Page’s 2014 assessment of the company he co-founded with Sergey Brin: I think we’ve not succeeded as much as we’d like. [...] Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics. [...] Googles non-social approach to advertising vs Facebook and everyone else ] [ ad world begins finally to shift away from TV & other legacy forms & FB/Google are main beneficiaries coming years of changing ad spend ] [ Page/Brin want 2 lead the org 2 a new frontier. A new Google Search. &they think they a near it, ie self-driving car, that they think the timing is right NOW ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Alphabet: it will take more than Google to translate the restructuring | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Business mostly thinks the new look is smart. But regulators and privacy campaigners are not so sure [...] some of the world’s regulators and many consumers are looking sceptically at the impact that it might have on data protection, privacy, tax liabilities and the impact of the reorganisation on the megalith’s power to monetise the data of its billions of users. // &! bit.ly/1MmLVH2 - Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success. A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  antitrust  Europe  oligopoly  monopoly  Google  Search  monopsony  Android  oligopol  USA  FTC 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google's hooli.xyz Easter egg proves Silicon Valley is tech's own Spinal Tap | Television & radio | The Guardian
The HBO comedy mercilessly lampoons Google. But with its latest announcement, when it buried a reference to the sitcom in a press release, the corporation suggests it is in on the joke – much like the rock world embraced Spinal Tap
Silicon  Valley  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Pop  Culture 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Becomes Alphabet and Names Sundar Pichai as CEO of Google | Re/code
Here are those chiefs who now sit under Alphabet: Tony Fadell, of Nest Labs, who Page is relying on to lead hardware efforts. Arthur Levinson, of Calico, the longevity research division. Craig Barratt, of Fiber, the high-speed broadband service. Dan Doctoroff, of Sidewalk Labs, the new company for cracking urban problems. Sergey Brin, now president of Alphabet and still overseer of X, which includes Project Loon, Wing (drones) and self-driving cars. David Lawee, who runs Google Capital. Bill Maris, who runs Google Ventures. // &! on.recode.net/1HD5H92 - After Alphabet Changes, Google Also Gets New Money Makers for Key Unit [...] Although it has a new name, Google is still Google — and so it is being very opaque about the details of the changes. [...] [ Google Inc. (Google Search and Co. divisions that make money) will have three new money making heads. ] &! on.recode.net/1JSDzoF - message to Wall Street
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Sundar  Pichai  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google CFO Ruth Porat Brings Fiscal Discipline - Bloomberg Business
- hire of Porat makes doubly sense in light of restructuring for the future to Alphabet Inc. holdings // w competition left and right, change in landscape, Europe antitrust, failed Google X project, and other failed acquisitions and internal (new) product launches ... making people able to move in a new landscape. Google is now and has been now for some time, the target for everyone.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock - Bloomberg Business
[ Cracking under Wall Streets pressure ] The new structure [ holding company ] will give greater clarity into how Google invests in various ventures, including driverless cars, high-speed Internet service and health-related technologies. It also makes it easier to make any future acquisitions or potential divestments. [...] Sundar Pichai, Page’s deputy, will be promoted to become CEO of Google Inc., which generates the bulk of the company’s $60 billion in annual revenue. Omid Kordestani will transition from his role as chief business officer to become an adviser to Alphabet and Google. “Sergey and Larry will be able to allocate their time differently between the core and non-core businesses,” “You have Sundar focusing on the core business, and you will have Larry and Sergey kind of looking at the future growth businesses.” [...] [Larry Page] “Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.” [ Google Inc. = Search worlds information. ]
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