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The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class - YouTube
Canada: Generation Jobless - - "The Plight of Younger Workers" (Report).& underemployed graduates w fancy sounding degrees. [...] EDUCATION INFLATION! [...] an education does no more guarantee a comfortable middle class jobs, and parents are disappointed. [...] globalisation of workforce plus automation, robotics, AI, augmented intelligence. the new GM's and Toyota's and DuPonts need less and less workers to catch ever greater pies of the current and future economy. [...] rise of the project focused self-employed and the Gig Economy. //&! (USA) Invisible Reality; The Working Poor - //&! FULL STORY: Generation Poor - //&! FULL STORY: The Labour Trap - - precarious work is now more and more the norm. as well as exploitation of those conditions.
squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  Precariat  precarious  employment  precarious  work  Zero  Hour  Contract  part-time  part-time  employment  underemployed  underemployment  structural  unemployment  overqualified  overqualification  social  mobility  income  mobility  western  world  USA  secular  stagnation  GFC  economic  history  Student  Loan  Bubble  debt  loans  youth  unemployment  demographic  ageing  population  Canada  OECD  low  pay  globalisation  emerging  middle  class  automation  Robotics  Robots  AI  artificial  intelligence  augmented  intelligence  self-driving  cars  autonomous  car  autonomous  cars  linkedin  IBM  Microsoft  Facebook  Instagram  WhatsApp  Oracle  Google  temporary  work  babyboomers  Baby  Boomers  self-employment  Gig  Economy  1099  Economy  Higher  Education  internship  apprenticeship  apprenticeships  exploitation  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  shareholder  value  capitalism 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
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 [...]
Venture  Capital  Unicorn  shareholder  capitalism  Greed  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  Wall  Street  activists  Yahoo!  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Microsoft  IBM  Intel  Oracle  capitalism  exploitation  Super  Rich  short-termism  short-term  thinking  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  M&A  economic  growth  growth  round  Mutual  Fund  macroeconomic  policy  secular  stagnation  Private  Equity  MBO  Pivot  IPO  dividends  prosperity  Start-Ups  Start-up  s&p500  pension  scheme  pension  finite  resources  resource  depletion  economic  history  creative  destruction  share  buyback  Apple  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalist  Uber  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  antitrust  corruption  western  world  squeezed  middle  class  emerging  middle  class  BRIC  business  cycle  company  book  cost  center  overhead  costcutting  operating  performance  operating  margin  globalisation  globalization  Universal  Basic  Income  artificial  intelligence  AI  augmented  intelligence  Robotics  automation  structural  unemployment  materialism  consumerism  status  anxiety  disenfranchise  disenfranchised  youth  unemployment  post-capitalism  Mobile  Banlieue  deprivation  poverty  trap  poverty  meritocracy  meritocratic  Gini  value  coefficie 
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.” //&! - Intel missed the mobile revolution. Now it faces its day of reckoning.
Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  Instagram  WhatsApp  productivity  Software  Eats  The  World  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Revolution  Software  Development  Slack  Facebook  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  winner  take  all  IBM  Intel  Microsoft  Salesforce  antitrust  overhead  cost  center  AWS  cloudcomputing  Cloudstorage  Netflix  Amazon  Azure  Google  Cloud  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Oracle  Mobile  Creative  scalability  scaling  scale  Snapchat  Twitter  Apple  automation  robotics  AI  artificial  intelligence  3D  printing  autonomous  cars  self-driving  cars  labour  market  job  market  skill  gap  skills  gap  homescreen 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
SAP: Ehemaliger Mitarbeiter erhebt schwere Vorwürfe gegen SAP - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Hinter den Kulissen tobt um die Entwicklungsgeschichte des Erfolgsprodukts indes seit Jahren ein erbittert und mit harten Bandagen geführter Streit, der mittlerweile auch Gerichte und Behörden in Deutschland und den USA beschäftigt. Ausgerechnet ein Mitarbeiter der internen SAP-Revision, der mit einer Untersuchung ("Audit") über den Entwicklungsprozess von Hana befasst war, wirft dem Unternehmen vor, sich bei der Entwicklung eigener Produkte wie Hana am geistigen Eigentum von Wettbewerbern wie Oracle, IBM und Teradata bedient zu haben. Der bislang unbekannte Vorgang geht aus internen SAP-Dokumenten sowie Gerichtsunterlagen hervor, [...] Für SAP sind die Vorwürfe gefährlich, denn das Unternehmen ist einschlägig vorbelastet. In den vergangenen Jahren musste es Wettbewerbern wie Oracle Chart zeigen bereits hunderte Millionen Dollar an Schadensersatz überweisen. [...] [ $25m fuer sich zu fordern war dumm. Super naive. Schweigegeld oder was? ]
SAP  Oracle  intellectual  property  IP  IBM  competitive  competitiveness  competition  Silicon  Valley  M&A  Big  Data  disruption  disrupting  markets  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  innovation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
All Android operating systems infringe Java API packages, Oracle says | Ars Technica UK
The ongoing legal saga known as the Oracle-Google copyright battle took a huge leap Wednesday when Oracle claimed the last six Android operating systems are "infringing Oracle's copyrights in the Java platform." That's according to the latest paperwork Oracle filed in the five-year-old closely watched case that so far has resulted in the determination that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are, indeed, copyrightable. [...] The latest legal brouhaha comes two months after the Supreme Court declined to review Google's contentions that assigning copyright to APIs, sets a dangerous precedent and allows "copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming." [...] [&] fair use right [came up][.] Complicating matters more, however, is the fact that there's no clear answer as to what constitutes fair use. [...] [I]t's decided on a case-by-case basis. According to the US Copyright Office.
API  Android  Google  Java  Oracle  Programming  Programming  Language  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Platform  TOS  EULA  Supreme  Court  USA  fair  use  patent  trolls  patent  troll  patents  Google  Inc. 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Modern Millionaire Mentality | Scalable Startups@UC Berkeley
"Ignore at Your Own Peril" >> Facebook courting Instagram bc Instagram wes better Photo social network than what ever FB had ideas and still not got as of 2014/2015. Snapchat; 3bn offer. // Balmer laughing when asked about new release of Apple products. Missing the boat on mobile entirely at their peril trying to fix it now actively as of 2015 with business focus. // linked in tapping their toes into professional development - with lynda acquisition. as MOOCs are yet not the break-out they were promised to be by tech 'thought leaders.' // Uber being aggressive and experimenting with delivery and investing in autonomous car technology and mapping. being not just marketplace on phone, but wanting to be a transportation technology company. // IBM and Oracle getting stolen their lunches by SAAS & PAAS with less friction and frustration and lock-in and up-front cost. // Wall Street does not support generously that companies destroy their existing business model with new ones (uncertainty).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Facebook  Google  Microsoft  Apple  Twitter  linkedin  Uber  creative  destruction  IBM  Box  Oracle  Amazon  Nokia  technological  history  Silicon  Valley  Wall  Street 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple droht Steuernachzahlung von 19 Milliarden Dollar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Seine Anleger hat Apple bereits vor hohen Nachzahlungen gewarnt, weil die EU das irische Steuersparmodell prüft. Nun hat ein Bankanalyst die mögliche Höhe berechnet: bis zu 19 Milliarden Dollar - für den iPhone-Konzern ein Klacks.
Apple  Google  Amazon  Microsoft  Facebook  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Career  Politicians  fairness  unrecht  Unrechtsstaat  No  Representation  Europe  Oracle  IBM  Fortune  500  loopholes 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Authors@Google: Sarah Lacy - YouTube
39:25 "most sceptical about" not doubling down on success after building it for lean/being frugal. // 44:30 Larry Ellison stil at the helm of his company (Oracle). + Intel (3 Founders). Everyone else got thrown out (ie Apple, Steve Jobs). Larry Ellison can handle market/wall street/etc etc ... vs ... Kevin Rose and Ev Williams and other product guys who do want to do cool things and not manage a company and people and product teams. << Consumer Product oriented vs technology/enterprise oriented. // min 50 history has it that public internet company darlings never stayed darling for more than 4-5 years. Get addicted to barbie doll metrics/vanity as a consequence steer the company off a cliff instead of driving it/risking it, to a certain extent, into the fog of disruption and growth. deferred gratification. // &! - When a public growth company stalls, it almost never recovers. (Study from 1955 to 2006.)
Digg  Kevin  Rose  book  Silicon  Valley  dotcom  Marc  Andreessen  PayPal  Mafia  PayPal  Larry  Ellison  Oracle 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Ellison's exit as Oracle CEO signals Silicon Valley shift - SFGate
"Larry Ellison stepped down as CEO of @Oracle partly to reward the new co-CEOs, Mark Hurd & Safra Katz, @Recode reports; the move was also done to set Oracle 'on a course for long-term stability' by keeping Hurd & Katz, who have reportedly both been approached about jobs outside of Oracle, w/ the company." +!+!+ ‏@Benioff "There always has been, & always will be, one ceo at Oracle. "All sw & hw engineering functions will continue to report to @larryellison." + nobody can take away the leadership and founder title. + + and he is 70 already, so he basically is just weaning himself off day-to-day operations. +!+!+ 'but is the Co-CEO move actually sensible considering the whole picture of Oracle?' - +
larryellison  Larry  Ellison  Oracle  Leadership  CEO  Founders  Co-Founder  co-founders 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Andrew Ng left Google and joined Baidu | Hacker News
When companies turn into giants. It's hard to run through the giant battleship and rally guys for your initiative. And not let talk about moving fast/iterating/experimenting. [...] Question is post Steve Jobs - can keep Apple its Start-up mentality? // "If a guy like Ng was frustrated inside of Google by 'committee meetings' keeping him from getting things done quickly, then that says something about the current state of affairs there." Are the big ones are running scared on the inside, focused defending the existing turf? ++ + + +
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Oracle Chief Faults H.P. Board for Forcing Hurds Resignation -
Mr. Ellison and Mr. Hurd, meanwhile, have been close personal friends.

Mr. Ellison’s attack on the H.P. board focused on questions of corporate governance.

“In losing Mark Hurd, the H.P. board failed to act in the best interest of H.P.’s employees, shareholders, customers and partners,” Mr. Ellison wrote. “The H.P. board admits that it fully investigated the sexual harassment claims against Mark and found them to be utterly false.”

The H.P. investigation failed to turn up evidence of sexual misconduct by Mr. Hurd, and both he and Jodie Fisher, a 50-year-old actress whom H.P. had hired to work at marketing events, have denied having a romantic relationship.

Ms. Fisher has since settled the matter with Mr. Hurd for an undisclosed sum.

H.P. has said that Mr. Hurd’s resignation was the result of a break in trust caused by his falsifying expense reports to conceal the relationship.
governance  corporate  fraud  HP  oracle  CEO  leadership  management  boardroom  shareholder 
august 2010 by asterisk2a
What Happens When Apple Passes Microsoft In Value? Yes, When.
Apple has soared past HP, Oracle, IBM, and most recently, Google, to move into the top five most valuable companies in the U.S.

Here’s the real problem for Microsoft though. If Apple does in fact pass Microsoft in market cap, I can see CEO Steve Ballmer losing it, and that could steal his focus away from what should still be considered his real enemy: Google. It is Google, after all, that is directly attacking the core Microsoft brands, Office and Windows, where the company makes practically all of its money. Google Apps and Chrome OS are meant to do two things: Kill Office and kill Windows.
apple  microsoft  google  IBM  oracle  HP  stevebalmer  strategy  strategic  strategy-making  business  mobile  product 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
As Software Firms Merge, Synergy Is Elusive -
While the voluminous deal activity has meant a bonanza for shareholders -- many software stocks have soared this year, partly because of the hot merger landscape -- Mr. Gonick's experience highlights the flip side: As the big software companies flesh out their integration plans internally, customers on the outside are left with unanswered questions about their future.

But that isn't the only thing that has changed in recent years. Today, many of the companies being acquired aren't start-ups. They're established, profitable companies with a slew of customers.

This has left CIOs and information technology departments with less influence in negotiating software discounts because there are fewer vendors to pit against each other at the bargaining table, though customers can also potentially lower maintenance and integration costs by buying more software from a single vendor, says Eliot Colon, chief operating officer at Miro Consulting Inc., a software-licensing consultancy in Fords, N.J.
M&A  oracle  IBM  peoplesoft  software  industry  synergy  failure  customerservice  HP  SAP  startups  startup  Google  trend 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Oracle Makes Concessions in Bid for Sun Microsystems -
Ms. Kroes said Oracle, after it acquired Sun, would extend MySQL’s existing commercial licenses for up to five years. Oracle

In addition, Oracle would spend more than $72 million over the next three years in research and development to improve and refine MySQL, which Oracle said was more money than Sun had been spending on developing the program.

In a statement, Ms. Kroes added that she believed the commission’s review would have “a satisfactory outcome.”

Not everyone was persuaded that the concessions were sufficient. Florian Müller, an open-source programmer in Starnberg, Germany, called them “a good starting point.”

“The real question is whether Oracle is going to continue to develop MySQL in a meaningful way that responds to market needs,” he said. “They have in my opinion an inherent conflict of interest in not innovating a product that would detract from their commercial databases.”
oracle  sun  MySQL  hadoop  competition 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
O'Brien: After 32 years, Ellison just getting started - San Jose Mercury News
At age 65, after 32 years on the job, Ellison looks like a man just getting started. His ambitions have become larger. Even the risks he is taking are getting more daring.
larryellison  oracle  sun  leadership  ambition  technology 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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