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#Facebook and the New Frontier


As we all should have heard by now, Facebook is going public. If you are not sure what that means, pieces or “shares” of the company can be bought and sold on the open stock market by anyone in the world – hopefully for a profit. The valuation – amount of money a company is estimated to be worth when it hits the stock market – has been speculated to be as high as $100 Billion dollars. Needless to say, that’s a lot of money folks. People all across the globe believe in Mr. Zuckerberg‘s vision of creating a more “connected” world. He is certainly doing that at an unprecedented pace that will truthfully, never be matched again in our lifetime – perhaps in any lifetime. The advertising revenues have grown exponentially, and this could be the biggest initial public offering a private company’s stock in the history of our modern capitalist society.

Still, it could be stated that Facebook’s entire business model is based off of perception, or what investors would called “perceived ROI” – return on investment. This means basically the business model that has been making a few people lots of money over a very short period of time, may not give the shareholders the same type of return over a long period of time. Without a subscription price model, Facebook’s business could eventually regress and see a decline in revenue sales dollars and ultimately profits, because what is to stop some other Zuckerberg from coming up with another new innovative way of sharing information and connecting the world over the next 10 to 20 years – a model that could redefine the way we seek out and digest products and services as consumers just as Facebook has done?

Facebook will be best served to mimic the success of some of it’s peers in regards to overcoming the pending plateau of their business model growth – an issue that all businesses face at some point. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and even Google, have stepped outside of their traditional business models to pursue the frontier that technology consumers seem to always embrace – hardware. The success of the Kindle, the Nook, and Google’s newly developing hardware platform that will support seamless integration between Android and Motorola phones architecture is an idea Facebook should consider exploiting. Imagine a Facebook Tablet, one that supports it’s own browser and apps designed to integrate with your current Facebook account and applications. We already know Facebook has millions of applications. We can read the news on Facebook, chat with friends, video conference, play poker – what else could be next? A Facebook tablet would provide the revenue dollars and profit margin to support the advertising income from the company’s original business model as the transition through an IPO and into the next decade continues. It would also help cut into the profits of companies who are making millions of dollars indirectly, because of Facebook. Imagine if Facebook was unavailable on the iPhone, Android, Kindle, or Nook, and only available on a 6.5 inch Quad-Core powered tablet that would compete with all of the devices above as far as media content, apps, and communication capability. The Facebook Faithful might consider a switch, and the companies mentioned above to some degree, would have to play ball to satisfy the new desires of the consumer.

Some of you may say, “the next decade? 2012 just started!” What you must understand, is that when your company is private, you can follow whatever timeline you see fit to a certain extent. But when your company is owned by the public, institutional investors, private equity firms and the like, you have a lot more questions to answer in regards to where the company is going, where is the vision taking us, and why should we keep our money around during that process.

Internet Radio and Automotive Integration


If you haven’t heard, many of the world’s leading car manufacturers are planning to incorporate cloud-based music streaming services directly into their vehicles…talk about CDs being dead. Imagine having Spotify or Pandora built into your head unit, and having unlimited access to it in your vehicle? This is where things are headed.

Surprisingly, the United States is the current market leader for this type of technological integration, with Europe being second and China being third. Ford, Scion, Hyundai, Buick, BMW, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz all currently offer music applications in their vehicles. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a company whose product has infiltrated the scene as the standout choice for this new type of product service – Pandora.

Pandora went public a few months ago as you all know, and it was blessed with a quick spike around noon of it’s first day on the market, only to fall well below its opening price to settle at 12. We have found some interesting information about this company in an article posted on 4-traders.com:

“Pandora makes its service available through a variety of distribution channels. In addition to streaming its service to PCs, Pandora has developed applications for smartphones and has partnered with the makers of more than 200 consumer electronics devices, including Alpine, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sony.

Pandora also has developed relationships with major automobile manufacturers—including Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Mini—and with suppliers to major automobile manufacturers in order to integrate the service into current and future automotive sound systems. Furthermore, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota have announced plans for future Pandora integrations.”

This poses to be a good way for Pandora to pay back it’s debt, as many people have written it off as a smart and revolutionary way to interact with music media, that will eventually bankrupt itself because of the unprofitable business model that it is based on. Only time will tell. Personally, we would prefer Spotify to take over the app-cloud based music software integration in these vehicles with complete syncing capabilities between your tablet, or smartphone. $9.99 per month for unlimited access to 14 million songs?

 

That would be nuts…For the record, this is a PERFECT example of MUSIONology.

Stay tuned.

Tablet Fever. #Android #Blackberry #Nook #Kindle – The Battle Rages On.


In today’s world, rapidly expanding technology is the king. It drives the way we communicate, socialize, perhaps even date. Some might argue that there is an issue with the pace at which tech is developing – as nothing ever seems cool enough for the masses to appreciate for more than five seconds. The next item on this long list of “technological escalation” is the tablet computer.

Recently #Blackberry released it’s first tablet computer – the Playbook. It sports dual-core processors, 7 inch screen, HDMI, and 2 HD cameras. It’s most immediate competitor that has had some success is the #Samsung Galaxy Tablet which is the same size, but does not have the HD camera or dual-core configuration – giving #Blackberry the advantage. Priced at $500 (₤ 299.5805, € 337.9520), this should definitely give the #iPad some competition, though #Apple might have the strongest cult following of any tech company since…ever truthfully.

Below are two articles that will give you a solid review of the item – one of Time Magazine and the other from Financial Tech Spotlight:

Blackberry Playbook Tablet – Financial Tech Spotlight

Time Magazine – Blackberry Playbook

But there is more…lest we forget the exciting world of digital readers. Now the #Nook and the #Kindle have been adopted by some of the savviest of tech junkies over the past year. These devices have made reading more convenient and efficient, though the old academics of the 20th century would argue that the character of the page as well as the text may be negatively compromised through the digitalization of the worlds greatest works – that argument can be made later though.

Both #Amazon and #BarnesandNoble are turning their readers into official tablets – the difference being, they will be able to use applications among other things. The new #Nook will be color, and boast and #Android operating system supporting many of the apps that you can currently download onto your #Android smartphones and tablets. The browser will support Adobe Flash 10.1, a social media platform dubbed “Nook Friends”, as well as a newly developed #Nook E-mail program – are you serious. Technological integration is one thing but, the free market is actually a phenomenon. It’s amazing to see how quickly new products are being built to compete against each other. There are almost too many choices.

Read more about it below:

Nook Color “beats” BlackBerry PlayBook, preparing for Kindle tablet?

Nook Color SDK, to compete with iPad and Galaxy Tab?

Nook Color with Android 2.1 is not an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab

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