November 23, 2017

Big Data… Making better data-driven decisions!

‘Big data’ is a term that’s been in common usage for nearly 10 years, yet we still talk about it as though it’s something other organisations are doing. There is a growing body of case studies of (mainly large) organisations that are managing to show how they are sifting through, analysing and acting upon large […]

Facebook buys WhatsApp

Facebook has just bought WhatsApp for $19bn. Source:appleinsider.com –          So what, what’s WhatsApp anyway? It’s a messaging service over all mobile phone networks, which is essentially free for users, so they don’t need to pay for text messages, pictures or videos. –          So why is Facebook paying $19bn for something that is given away for […]

Tough competition among the few

Those of you who have studied economics will have run up against the strange word ‘oligopoly’. It means ‘competition among the few’ and textbooks are full of the potentially dire outcomes of price wars. You can now see oligopoly in action as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon start to slug it out. This excellent Economist […]

Facebook – what price growth?

Most people would agree that Apple is a high growth company.  What would you pay for Apple shares?  At the current time you would pay around 14 times their current year earnings.  This is their price-earnings ratio. What about Facebook?  It is a high growth company as well.  How much would you pay for Facebook?  […]