Category: N. Venkat Venkatraman

Microsoft Puts A Ring On Nokia, But Will It Last?

September 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Forbes, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Almost exactly a year ago, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shared the stage with Microsoft CEO Ballmer to talk up their mobile ambitions at a much-hyped partnership event in New York…

Expert quote:

“Elop as a possible CEO to succeed Ballmer is risky as his experience is rather limited and Microsoft’s future should focus on a much more expansive view of how software drives the future of business and society. Ballmer seems to be solidifying his devices-plus-services strategy by looking backward rather than towards the future.”

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What if Apple Holds a Launch Event and Nobody Cares?

August 12th, 2013 in 2013, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Sept. 10 is the day Apple will unveil its latest iPhone, according to a report in All Things D citing unnamed sources…

Expert quote:

“I think Apple realizes that it needs to position its message as part of a stream of new products that would be introduced by many companies over the next few months.”

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Billionaires breathe new life into newspapers

August 6th, 2013 in 2013, N. Venkat Venkatraman, NECN, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mr. Bezos Goes to Washington

August 6th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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News that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is acquiring The Washington Post, one of the top newspapers in the United States, shook the publishing world on Monday…

Expert quote:

“I see it as an opportunistic buy for him — one that may have a longer-term connection to Amazon, but in the short term, it is about Bezos.”

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Dell postpones vote on go-private plan to July 24

July 18th, 2013 in 2013, AFP, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Dell postponed a vote Thursday on a $24.4 billion go-private buyout plan amid opposition by major shareholders, creating new uncertainty for the former number one computer maker…

Expert quote:

“I think the most likely outcome is that both sides come up with a new price.”

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Dell faces key shareholder vote on go-private plan

July 17th, 2013 in 2013, AFP, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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With a critical vote looming on a private equity buyout for Dell, it has become clear the struggling computer giant faces a tough road as it tries to revive its fortunes…

Expert quote:

“There is a part of me that feels Dell might have missed the boat. They missed the whole mobile device shift. Then they went after the enterprise market but that is fickle too.”

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Microsoft’s New Strategy Skims the Surface

July 16th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Microsoft has slashed the price of its Surface RT by some 30 percent, or US$150, putting the price of the tablet now at approximately $350, depending on the version…

Expert quote:

“Microsoft’s reorganization is about their future. I see Surface RT as part of the old regime — it was an attempt to make Windows 8 exciting.”

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Court: Apple e-book sales violated anti-trust laws

July 11th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan ruled that Apple violated antitrust laws by conspiring to raise electronic book prices, resulting in a victory for the U.S. Department of Justice and 33 states, including Massachusetts, which filed lawsuits against the technology giant, alleging price-fixing and collusion.

Expert quote:

“The sticky point for me is that the publishers have settled with the Justice Department, partly because they may not have wanted to be drawn into long court cases. or partly because they may have wanted to support the agency model (in which publishers, rather than retailers, set prices) to break the monopoly that Amazon had on e-books. I think Apple is being held liable for creating a system that allows publishers to charge what they perceive to be fair price.”

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BlackBerry still a pick to win

July 11th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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A lukewarm launch of BlackBerry’s top-of-the-line smartphones and lower than expected sales numbers have left the Canadian company’s investors searching for answers, but experts said it is just the start of a long rebuilding process…

Expert quote:

“I don’t think it was realistic to expect he would turn it around in one quarter. I think they have a chance to be a credible third player.”

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B&N CEO Gets the Hook on Losses From Nook

July 9th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Against a backdrop of weak book sales and troubles with its Nook device, Barnes & Noble has announced big changes in its management ranks…

Expert quote:

“Nook does not have a scale advantage, nor any user experience that is distinctive I was never optimistic that B&N could pull it off, as it is not core to their corporate DNA.”

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