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Time to Re-Assess the Unicorn Club Idea

Time to Re-Assess the Unicorn Club Idea

The Unicorn Club of high-valued tech startups has recently caught some flak as a few of the members of this 140-strong elite have experienced disappointments of different kinds. This prompts me to ask whether or not the Club was a fun fad that has now outlived its usefulness, or whether it might be worth making it less vulnerable to bubble mania and more durable as an aspiration for young startups.

Battle of the Boxes: Box vs. Dropbox

Battle of the Boxes: Box vs. Dropbox

Box’s long-planned and ultimately successful IPO provides me with a timely reminder to compare the cloud storage and file sharing company with its better-known, much larger and higher-valued competitor, Dropbox, whose IPO date has still not been set though it is expected this year. With Google, Microsoft and even Apple also in the cloud storage and file sharing business, you have to wonder about the long term outlook for these two pure-play companies. Assuming they can continue as independent businesses, which one of the two will “win” the battle over the long haul?

New Kid on the Block – How Alibaba’s IPO Will Change the Competitive Landscape

New Kid on the Block – How Alibaba’s IPO Will Change the Competitive Landscape

By now you’ve probably heard more than you want to about Alibaba’s upcoming IPO, estimated to become the largest IPO, raising around $24bn and valuing the Chinese e-commerce giant at $160bn or more. But this event bears even greater significance than its size would indicate. Along with TenCent and Baidu, Alibaba makes up a powerful troika of Chinese internet platforms. Alibaba’s rapid growth, profitability and dominance of the massive Chinese internet marketplace is sure to impact the strategies of Amazon, Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo!, and others to compete successfully in that enormous market as well as in other Asian countries, not to mention in other regions.