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Apple’s Tim Cook leads different

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Spend your Easter holiday to read about the World`s greatest leader here at shinybull.com. It is a long story, so take your time. This story is from the April 1, 2015 issue of Fortune. Enjoy!

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Tim Cook assumed he was ready forthe harsh glare that shines on Apple’s [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] CEO. He had, after all, filled in for Jobs three times during the Apple founder’s medical leaves of absence. Cook ultimately became the company’s chief executive six weeks before Jobs died, in October 2011.

What Cook found out instead is that there is no preparation for the scrutiny that comes with succeeding a legend. “I have thick skin,” he says, “but it got thicker. What I learned after Steve passed away, what I had known only at a theoretical level, an academic level maybe, was that he was an incredible heat shield for us, his executive team. None of us probably appreciated that enough because it’s not something we were fixated on. We were fixated on our products and running the business. But he really took any kind of spears that were thrown. He…

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The 5th largest food company in the world

One of the worlds richest and one of the best investors,Warren Buffet, is on the way to build a food empire. Ketchup maker Heinz, backed by Berkshire Hathaway Inc, which is own by Warren Buffet and the private equity firm 3G Capital, which is own by Brazil`s richest man, Jorge Paulo Lemann, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc (KRFT.O).

It is a $46 billion deal and that makes it the third largest North American food company. The transaction will create a global food behemoth with annual sales of $28 billion, and Heinz ketchup, Maxwell House coffee, Polly-O Cheese and Jell-O desserts will be some of the brands under its corporate umbrella.

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The complicated deal will result in Heinz shareholders owning 51 percent of the company, and Kraft shareholders getting 49 percent. Owners of Kraft shares will also get a hefty $16,50 a share special dividend, funded by the Brazilian firm 3G and Berkshire.

Kraft Heinz will be the fifth-largest food company in the world.

Warren Buffet has long said he want to do more «elephant»-style deals with all the money he has on hand. I think he like food and beverage, because both 3G and Bershire has been fairly acquisitive over the past few years.

They bought Burger King and Tim Hortons, as well as Heinz.

The Dow was losing 300 points today and momentum stocks getting hit harder, so why was the legendary investor Warren Buffet so hungry today, and why hasn`t he lost faith in stocks?

Fist of all; M&A now is lucrative, given ample liquidity and still low-interest rates globally. This is not only happening in the food and beverage industry, but also in tech, health care and biotech industries. I wouldn`t be surprised if that stock catches a further bid on this M&A news.

Berkshire will own more than 300M shares of the new firm and will have paid less than $30 each for them. Naturally, The Oracle has no intention of taking profits. «You won`t see Berkshire reduce is interest,» says Buffet.

«We will be in this stock forever.»

The new company will be publicly traded under the name Kraft Heinz Co, and it expects to save about $1,5 billion in annual costs by the end of 2017. Jorge Paulo Lemann, and his company 3G, has a reputation for introducing aggressive cost cuts at other companies.

Kraft Foods Group Inc is up 35,62% today. Trading at $83,17. Berkshire Hathaway Inc is trading at $217,000 today. EPS; 12,090,84, with a market cap of 356,07B.

It is a shift in the market at the moment as consumers are demanding more healthier food.

Maybe Warren Buffet and Jorge Paulo Lemann will do something with that?

 


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Alibaba in Jerusalem

The Chinese Giant Alibaba that pulled off one of the biggest IPO`s in Wall Street`s history last year is partnering with Israeli venture capital firm JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners). It is so much negative talk about Israel in the media, so why are Alibaba doing this?

This year it is 70 years since the Holocaust and the first genocide since the world war II was found in Bosnia in 1992. Thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed, and it was «ethnic cleansing.» U.S Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke called Bosnia «the greatest failure of the West since the 1930`s.» It`s too much hate in Europe today.

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The Chinese people has another sight. They see human capital. They see talents. More Chinese people are seen in Iran as well as in Africa at the moment. The Chinese people are not killing them, but collaborate with them. They are friends.

The Chinese giant Alibaba is partnering with JVP which have $1 billion under management, attracted Alibaba`s attention with several of its recent «wins», exits for companies like security firm CyberArk and CyActive.

CyActie was recently bought by Paypal for $60 million and CyberArk was listed on Nasdaq in 2014. Some 20 JVP-invested firms have achieved exits since the company was established in 1993. In 2012, JVP was ranked as one of the top ten VC`s in the world.

JVP has had other notable successes, including early support and investment for XtremIO, which was sold to EMC in 2012 for close to $500b.

Alibaba has already invested $5 million in Visualead which is an Israel start-up that develops QR code technology. The investment with JVP will give Alibaba entrèe to the heart of the top technologies being developed in Israel today.

Israel`s most important tech industries is the cyber-security field and the world-wide market for cyber-security products, services and technologies was currently worth about $80 billion annually and rising, and Israel had about 10% of that. That makes Israel a power in cyber-security with great talents and great resources.

Accompanying the Alibaba executives who closed the deal with JVP is a group of Chinese investors and corporate executives, including Jason Lu, VP and Chief Risk Officer of Alipay, a subsidiary of Alibaba and one of China`s largest online payment firms.

Many of the world`s biggest companies are looking to Israel. Apple, which began operations in Israel in 2012 has about 700 employees in Israel, but work with more than 6,000 Israelis. Apple`s Herzliya R&D center is the second-largest in the world.

Along with hiring more Arabs, Israel has been encouraging tech companies to hire more woman and ultra-Orthodox Israelis. Increasing diversity in the workplace was a lesson Israel could learn from Apple. Keep in mind that Steve Job`s father was an Arab, born in Syria. Steve Jobs died in 2011, at the age of 56.

«True innovation can only result from full access to education for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex,» the president Rivlin said. Diversity is also an important issue to Cook himself.

Apple is one of the few companies that publishes a statistical breakdown of the gender and ethnic background of employees. Looking at diversity as «going far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender and ethnicity.

“It includes personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities. Who we are, where we come from, and what we’ve experienced influence the way we perceive issues and solve problems. We believe in celebrating that diversity and investing in it,” Tim Cook said.

Israel is very important to Apple and Tim Cook said that «Apple is in Israel because the engineering talent here is incredible. You guys are incredibly important to everything that we do and to all the products that we build.»

With multi-million dollar acquisitions and investments Indian companies also hope to tap into Israel`s flourishing innovation and start-up ecosystem. India`s industrial corporations are also increasingly looking to Israel for their innovation and technology needs.

India`s Tata Group is the lead investor in Tel Aviv University`s Technology Innovation Momentum Fund worth $20 million. The Indian Wipro has set up a Venture Capital arm with a war-chest of $100 million.

The Indian IT-giant Infosys announced the acquisitions of Panaya. An Israeli automation technology provider for estimated $200 million. Infosys is a global leader in IT-consulting and outsourcing. Their market cap is 41,01B.

They are looking for innovations that would give the company an edge over other global competitors. They reported a revenue of $8,25 billion in 2014 and shored up its existing start-up fund to $500 million.

War is stupid.

Human Capital and Team Work is the future.

 

 


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Kodak has a new strategy

The new economy is here and the new economy will intensify. Old giants drop like stones, but how can companies foresight their competitors next move? Take a look at the good old giant Kodak. What have happened to them?

Kodak`s annual sales 25 years ago was $19 billion, but that was then. Now, it`s all turned up side down. Their workforce has been cut from 145,000 to only 8,000, and their annual sales today is only $2 billion. A sharp drop for the New York City company Kodak.

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When you hear the name Kodak, you probably think film, but another film-company was not the reason why Kodak plummeted. The film-company Kodak was losing market shares because of the new mobile phone revolution.

Today, many of the pictures is taken by a mobile phone. A cell phone. How many pictures do you think is taken only with the iPhone worldwide? And how could the dominant brand in photography see that coming?

Kodak tried to make some things to participate in the shift in the market, but as photography started to move from analog film to digital, Kodak were largely left behind. When film went from «essential» to «nostalgic» the film giant Kodak did never recover.

Not only the film-company disappeared, but also the retailers in the same business. No one is delivering their film to the retailer anymore. Not only Kodak lost on this shift, but the retailers was also hardly hit by the new economy.

You all know what the dominant camera is today. Kodak is and was not a phone company and that`s probably why they didn`t make a new phone, because that`s the product that really killed the film giant.

What should Kodak do?

It`s difficult for a company to make the right decisions when the revenues is plummeting, but it can be easy for other to look back and say you should do this and that. In my opinion, there is big opportunities for everyone. For example, Steve Jobs built and rebuilt Apple, but they were not the first phone maker on the market.

Take a look at the finnish multinational communications and information technology company Nokia. The worlds biggest phone maker a few years ago. Nokia`s history started in 1865 when mining engineer Fredrik Idestam established a ground wood pulp mill on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids in the town of Tampere, Finland (then part of the Russian Empire).

The predecessors of the modern Nokia were the Nokia Company, Finnish Rubber Works Ltc and Finnish Cable Works Ltd. In 2014, Nokia employed 61,656 people across 120 countries with annual revenue of around €12,73 billion. It is the world`s 27th-largest company.

The Finnish business and Nokia`s founder and leader Eduard Polòn founded Finnish rubber Works. A manufacturer of galoshes and other rubber products. He decided to use the name «Nokia» (the town) as a brand name for his products to differentiate his products from Russian competitors.

The legacy of Suomen Gummitehdas lives on in Nokian Tyres.

The electronics section of the cable division was founded in 1960. In the 1970`s, Nokia became more involved in the telecommunications industry by developing the Nokia DX 200, a digital switch for telephone exchanges. Nokia was a key developer of GSM (2G) (Global System for Mobile Communications), the second-generation mobile technology that could carry data as well as voice traffic.

NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony), the world`s first mobile telephony standard to allow international roaming, provided expertise for Nokia in developing GSM, which was adopted in 1987 as the new European standard for digital mobile technology.

One year later, in 1988, Nokian Tyres, manufacturer of tyres, split from Nokia Corporation.

In the 1980s under CEO Kari Kairamo, Nokia expanded into new fields, mostly by acquisitions. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the corporation ran into serious financial problems, partly due to heavy losses in its television manufacturing division.

Kairamo committed suicide in 1988. After Kairamo’s death, Simo Vuorilehto became Nokia’s chairman and CEO. In 1990–1993, Finland underwent a severe recession which also struck Nokia.

Probably the most important strategic change in Nokia`s history was made in 1992, when the new CEO Jorma Ollila made a crucial strategic decision to concentrate solely on telecommunications.

As late as 1991, more than a quarter of Nokia`s turnover came from sales in Finland. However, after the strategic change of 1992, Nokia sales to North America, South America and Asia became significant.

The worldwide popularity of mobile telephones, beyond even Nokia`s most optimistic predictions, created a logistical crises in the mid-1990`s, prompting Nokia to overhaul its entire supply chain.

By 1998, Nokia`s focus on telecommunications and its early investment in GSM technologies had made the company the world`s largest mobile phone manufacturer, a position it held until 2012.

Between 1996 and 2001, Nokia`s turnover increased almost fivefold from 6,5 billion euros to 31 billion euros. Nokia acquired Smartphone, a company making Smartphone OS. Sybian was Nokia`s main smartphone operating system until 2011.

Apple`s iPhone, originally launched in 2007, was initially still outsold by Nokia smartphones, most notably the Nokia N95 for some time. Symbian had a dominating 62,5% market share as of Q4 2007, ahead of Microsoft`s Windows Mobile (11,9%) and RIM (10,9%).

Symbian dropped and Apple and Android grew. On 2 September 2013, Microsoft announced that it would acquire Nokia`s mobile device business in a deal worth €3,79 bn, along with another €1,65 bn to licence Nokia`s portfolio of patents for 10 years; a deal totaling at over €6,5 bn.

Steve Ballmer considered the purchase to be a «bold step into the future» for both companies.

Kodak has a new plan to grow and stay alive. The company is mining its patent library to find new business models. People around the world use their phones to take pictures and Kodak will try to reach the phone market by an old patent.

Kodak need to look for their intellectual property and be innovative in the photography business. They probably have an old patent that can turn talent in optics and chemistry into new money in other industries?

Nokia`s history shows us that everything is possible!

 


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