I was reading an article recently about how the number of new tech startups in my local San Diego area has doubled, to 70 new companies, compared to the same quarter last year. More than half of those startups were in software, computer hardware or communications. The article included a number of other criteria useful […]
Why is Intel Buying McAfee?
Intel’s $7.68B announced acquisition of McAfee raised more that a few eyebrows, both in the marketplace and on Wall Street. Does it make sense? It’s hard to say at this point. So much depends upon execution, as well as potential synergies seen by Intel’s management which may not be obvious to outsiders. The price is […]
Is HP acquiring Palm a good idea?
To answer the question posed in the title, it definitely is if you’re Palm! A long time player and sometime innovator in the mobile device marketplace, Palm was rapidly losing steam, market share and relevancy in the hyper-competitive Smartphone market. The company had staked its future on its new WebOS software platform and the recently […]
Strategic Acquisitions for Software and Technology Companies
Acquiring new products or whole companies is a popular activity for many growth and market-share oriented companies. Financial or strategic acquisitions – are they good ideas? As I say probably all too often–it depends. I get involved in company or product acquisitions frequently in my consulting practice and have made and integrated acquisitions myself from […]
Flattening of the Growth Curve
In every company’s history, there comes a time (or two or three or four times!) when your momentum slows and the sales curve begins to flatten. A period of flat or declining tech company growth can be one of the most trying and frustrating times for software and hardware company managers. No, I don’t believe […]