Markman Capital Insight

The car industry learns to share

August 15th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.The future of selling cars is bleak. At least that’s what the leading car makers seem to believe because they’re furiously gobbling up alternative mobility businesses. The latest move came in late July as Daimler AG (DDAIF), the company that owns Mercedes-Benz, bought 60% ...

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Twitter throws a Hail Mary pass

August 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Like so many Internet companies, Twitter (TWTR) is now in a game it probably can’t win. So July 26, it announced a deal to live stream baseball and hockey games. It’s a Hail Mary pass. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. From the beginning, the promise of the Internet was nimble, smart,...

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Social media foil a coup d'etat

August 8th, 2016

The virality of social media is changing the way we communicate. By all accounts, it changed the course of a political coup on the edge of Europe. Turkey is no stranger to armed insurrection. Uniquely perched between the Middle East and Europe, it is quite literally where the East meets the West. This clash of cultures has led to four...

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Medicine now designed just for you

August 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Precision medicine promises to change health sciences by using data analytics and what we know about ourselves to tailor personal therapies and treatments. Like most of the awesome ideas changing the current technology landscape, precision medicine is rooted in a fundamentally simple concept:...

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GE is ready to save China billions

July 27th, 2016

General Electric ( GE) announced a partnership with China’s Huawei on July 20 as it continues to build out its Internet of Things ecosystem. The Internet of Things is a natural fit for GE. As the world’s largest maker of jet engines, diesel trains and other large industrial goods, finding ways to make things cheaper is in its DNA. Sensors...

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Chinese tech producers set to stun

July 27th, 2016

The Chinese are coming. They’re innovating, building world class goods that will compete well with Western equivalents. So why doesn’t anyone see this coming? Seriously, it’s hard to argue the Chinese haven’t made a cottage industry out of ripping off iconic products. Sometimes it’s as blatant as Swiss watch look-alikes while...

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Amazon retraining workers displaced by robots

July 27th, 2016

In early July, a team of Dutch engineers won the Amazon Picking Challenge. The international competition honors engineering teams for building robots with human-like dexterity. It’s not tough to see why such robots appeal to Amazon. The company is a recognized leader in the drive for workplace automation -- and that’s a good thinggiven...

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Rivals push Netflix off screen

July 25th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Netflix (NFLX) shares were hit hard Tuesday, July 19, plummeting from $90 to $77.58 a share before rebounding to $79.52 by the end of the week. The culprit is slowing growth and that has disastrous future implications. There was a time when Netflix could do no wrong. It switched business models...

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