2 results for tag: acquisitions


Twitter: What is it, Who wants it, and Why?

There is an old proverb about an elephant and a group of blind men, who are asked to reach out, touch the creature, and describe what they feel. To the man who grasps the tail, it is like a very thick rope; to one who feels a leg, like a tree trunk; and to one who touches an ear, like a huge fan… None are actually incorrect, but no one can agree on what the creature actually is. Twitter (TWTR) is like that: “What the heck is it?” It is.. a utility which allows you to catch the latest headlines? a way to engage potential buyers or clients? a gold mine of data about millions of consumers? And what is Twitter worth, anyway? ...

The Business of Coffee

Coffee and baked goods go together well–not just in the morning or for a quick pick-me-up at your coffee shop, but apparently in the portfolios of major corporations and holding companies. Why else would the privately held German conglomerate JAB Holding Co.  purchase a bagel maker? In “Einstein Noah Agrees to $374 Million Buyout,” The Wall Street Journal (July 29, 2014) succinctly subtitled the news: “Owner of Caribou & Peet's… to Buy Bagel Chain Operator.” JAB apparently felt the synergy made good business sense. It didn’t stop there. Less than two years later, Business Wire reported that JAB had purchased Keurig Green ...