Halo Effect And Its Impact On Investing Decisions – Explained!

The Halo effect is a tendency to make inferences about specific traits based on a general impression. This example will help clarify the definition of the Halo effect. As an investor we need to question the information and even our judgement to ensure our investment is Halo free. This essay presents thoughts on how that can be done.

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Netflix Earning, Microsoft Ad Deal & Why Microsoft – A Possible Acquisition?

Netflix has decided to partner with Microsoft for their ad-tiered model. Is there more than what meets the eye. Is Netflix planning for their exit strategy, with a possible acquisition by Microsoft. Also what did the earnings tell about the future of Netflix business. Read more to find out.

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Conviction Investing – Now Is The Time

We are living in uncertain times. We witnessed a black swan moment in 2020 when COVID hit all of a sudden. We also witnessed crazy valuations that companies achieved in 2020 and 2021. And now we are back down. These are good opportunities to enter the market and practice conviction investing.

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Peloton wanted to build the iPhone but they should settle for the Android instead. Let’s find out Why?

With a fresh injection of $750M, Peloton is looking for multiple options. Past management has burnt through cash very quickly and there is an urgent to sensibly invest the cash cushion available and build the moat. The company is torn between Hardware and Software as the future. In this blog, I explore Peloton's failures, business model, and the future. Amazon, Nike, or Apple may fit the criterion for a perfect acquisition, which can lead to cross-selling other services to an existing user base of 3M customers.

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Dr. Strange, Q2 Disney Results and the Moat 

Disney is the envy of every media company, regardless of whether it focuses on films, TV, gaming, music, or publishing. There has never been a more dominant player in the entertainment business, globally. Disney is a brand that your parents, you, and now your kids associate with. There is exponential love for Disney characters. People dream to visit Disney theme parks and capture a snap, take a ride, or watch a play related to their favorite characters. Disney+ has reached 135M subscribers and continues to grow its library. With digital transformation, Disney seems to become more dominant. Netflix disrupted the media industry by providing content on-demand and ad-less experience. Disney identified this opportunity and played a bigger game with its existing library to continue telling stories that people love watching. Read more to understand how Disney makes money and its business model.

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Three Twitter problems Elon Musk needs to worry about and Two potential solutions to bring Twitter back into the revenue game

Twitter is struggling to gain users and it is impacting the ad revenue. It is definitely time for Twitter leadership to step back and reevaluate the business strategy. Twitter as a services company and Twitter as a social company should be separated. Allow third parties to connect and moderate their own content.

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3 problems faced by OTT/entertainment industry and why gaming is a potential solution

OTT industry is fighting hard for user attention, building IP, and producing content that will bring back subscribers. Gaming is a potential solution to these problems. Gamers across the world are rising and are attracted to franchise-based games. Live streaming is another solution. Both will provide an alternate revenue stream and attentive user time.

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Intellectual Property (IP) is king in OTT/SVOD

Bad week for Netflix and other OTT companies as shares tumbled after Netflix Q1 earnings report. Well, losing subscribers is not the only problem Netflix has. They don't have an IP. Let us understand more on IP and its importance in today's OTT business. IP = Love = Revenue

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Unity and Meta – A formidable combination, it’s a win-win 

Unity software is on a staggering journey growing their revenue over 40% CAGR for last 5 years. Their Metaverse vision to build RT3D content and their control over creator market in gaming makes them a perfect candidate for Meta (FB) to acquire. I explore the opportunity for M&A of Unity and Meta.

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Metaverse and Numbers: Understanding the COST and TAM – Part III of the Metaverse series

What we need are the social attitudes to change to experience this new era on the internet. Metaverse is the grand vision to provide a parallel universe. Costs of building it are high (in the range of ~$700B). The market is close to $14T. Is it all speculative or can companies like Meta, Microsoft, Roblox, etc. make it happen? There is a lot to unpack and understand. I explore these scenarios and dive more to understand the market of a metaverse in this article.

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Evaluating Alphabet – Does more internet usage evaluate to increase in advertisement revenue?

Ever since I read about Google, have been a huge fan of Google's operating model and how speed to market for its key product. This has helped generate good market capitalization and a huge economic moat over its industry peers. This blog uses mathematical and financial model to evaluate the fair enterprise value for Google. I have discounted cash flow analysis to predict revenue growth by doing competitive market analysis for its advertisement and cloud business.

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