Tech guys valuation
Last few years saw many new ventures making it big in the internet and services sector. Companies like "Facebook" and "twitter" revolutionised the social networking, while "digg", "stumble upon" and "delicious" have organised the user's internet activities.Here is the list of few tech companies with their per founder wealth.
Most valuable Brand
Apple is now the most valuable brand in the world, ending a four-year reign by Google, according to the latest Brandz ranking from Millward Brown. The ranking values the Apple brand at $153 billion, up a whopping 84% since last year.
The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.
Google vs Facebook
With its still-in-limited-field-test social network Google+, Google looks poised to challenge Facebook head-on in the increasingly important social media space. Some analysts give the edge to Facebook with its large head start -- the company claims more than half a billion active users worldwide, half of whom log onto the site each day. Other pundits point to Google's large number of users across multiple products along with its engineering prowess as factors making it a formidable challenger.
Google plus buzz
So finally google plus (+) is ready for the networking market (still in Beta testing and invite only mode though) but the big question is do we need to change the social platform again i.e. from "facebook" to "google plus", more so when the 70% of the all internet users are still active on Facebook.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
But the major question is it really a uprising without any motive or has some more meanings and links associated with it ?
Few of the political critics are even linking it to the "RACIAL" roots.
The Black population of the country stands at 8% of its total population and the unemployment rate among this sect of people is as high as 14% compared to the 5% of the White British natives. This may be the outburst of that hidden depression and hatred towards the government by them. But the fact which is contradicting this notion is that the looters and hooligans are from both races and the most concerning part is that most of them are teenagers.
Britain has more high school dropouts than its neighbouring nation and as the one of their country footballer tweeted that "The people of this county wants more without contributing or working hard to acheive that".
Lets hope and pray that everything settles down there and London and whole united Kingdom realize their shameful act.
Apple may be richer in cash than the US government but Could Apple be worth $1 trillion? It's conceivable. The $342 billion iPhone and iPad maker became -- if only briefly -- the most valuable company in the United States when it surpassed Exxon Mobil on August 9. Yet its sales have been surging 80 percent a year, and profit faster. And Apple trades roughly in line with the growing US market -- and at less than half the price-to-earnings multiple it fetched in 2006, when revenue growth was much slower.
Apple now trades at about 11 times estimated earnings for the fiscal year ending September 2012. The S&P 500 index is valued at about 10 times next year's earnings. But Apple's sales growth is not far off 10 times faster than that of the average company. The gadget producer also sits on $76 billion of cash and investments.
To get at this dissonance another way, consider Apple's PEG ratio. This hints at the price of growth by dividing a company's PE ratio by its projected percentage earnings growth. A smaller figure suggests a company is cheaper. Apple's is 0.2. That's low compared to growth darlings. Burrito purveyor Chipotle Mexican Grill, for instance, comes in at 2.1, and Salesforce.com at 13.2. Pandora and LinkedIn aren't even expected to make money.
Alternatively, put Apple on the same PE multiple it traded on in 2006, and it would be worth almost $900 billion. A premium for today's faster growth could get it to $1 trillion. Apple can't be so cheap just because Steve Jobs is in precarious health.
True, Apple already sells more per quarter than it did in all of fiscal 2007, and it takes more and more success to move the needle. Growth could easily slow. Yet the smartphone and tablet markets are young, the company's customers show remarkable fidelity, and areas such as television are ripe for new gadgets. Moreover, Apple's return on equity is almost twice what it was in 2006, suggesting it has pricing power.
Maybe investors simply can't fathom so large a company. A $1 trillion Apple would mean adding all of Microsoft, Google, Intel and Amazon -- and more -- to the firm's current market capitalization. Perhaps Apple is correctly priced, the market too expensive, and growth stocks grotesquely so. But something doesn't add up. In relative terms, Apple should be worth far more.
Apple's market capitalization was $341.5 billion in midday trading on Aug. 9. Exxon Mobil had a value of $341.4 billion.
In the last quarter, the firm's sales grew 82 percent and earnings increased 125 percent from the same period a year ago.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
|Prototype model of the tower|
The world's current tallest building is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It measures 2,717 feet (828 meters), or 160 stories. This record will be shattered when Kingdom Tower, a giant skyscraper planned for the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, is completed by 2016.
Designed by Chicago architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the proposed Kingdom Tower will measure 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) and will feature a Four Seasons hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, offices and the world's highest observatory.
Saudi construction giant Saudi Binladen Group, owned by the family of slain al-Qaeda terror group leader Osama bin Laden, has been awarded the contract to build the Kingdom Tower. The construction of the tower is estimated to cost about $1.2 billion, while the cost of the entire Kingdom City project is pegged at $20 billion.
The current status of tallest towers in the world is below
But soon the above order of the tallest buildings in the world would be changed to the below predicted status.
As the limits of imagination continue to be pushed, the record of the tallest buildings in the world has been changing hands frequently over the past decade and a half.
Burj Khalifa was opened last January, just after Dubai's real estate crash. Constructed at a cost of $1.5 billion for the building, and a total cost of $20 billion, Burj Khalifa is a part of downtown Dubai, one of the major developmental programs undertaken in the Middle Eastern city famed for flamboyant projects.
According to the Times of India, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) Judge Dinesh Bhatt ordered Domino's Pizza India to pay the compensation to a boy, saying that he was hit by the delivery driver, Ravi Mishra, driving in a rash and negligent manner on Oct. 29, 2010. Mishra's motorcycle struck the teenager who was riding his bicycle on Delhi University's north campus.
The teenager received several injuries including fractures on his thigh, eyebrows and other head and body injuries.
The court ordered Domino's to pay a total of Rs 1,14,682 ($2,583.49 U.S.) as compensation to the injured boy.
Reliance General Insurance, which covered the motorcycle, will pay the fines.
Indian Hotels Co Ltd plans to add eight hotels across various geographies between 2011 and 14, Managing Director Raymond Bickson said on Friday.
The hotel operator runs the Taj brand in the luxury five-star segment, the Vivanta brand in the four-star segment, Gateway Hotels in the three star-segment and Ginger in the budget space.
Here are the view of few of the world famous hotel brands owned by the Indian hotel co.
Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces is an international hospitality group with strong roots in India. For over 100 years, they have built their reputation on legendary properties, unparalleled facilities and impeccable service.
Vivanta by Taj
|Vivanta By Taj (Coral leaf) Maldives|
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire, through its HTC America Holding unit, 100% of Seattle-based mobile-web connected services company Dashwire for a maximum purchase price of $18.5 million to boost its HTCSense.com mobile cloud services offering.
Dashwire offers a range of consumer, social and device management software services for mobile operators, device makers and retailers. The company’s platform is available for Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry.
On its website, Dashwire says it is backed by investors who ‘built the wireless and technology industries’ at McCaw Cellular, Western Wireless, Voicestream, Nextel, China Unicom, and Microsoft.
Another investor is Best Buy Capital, the retail giant’s investment arm.
At the end of last year, Dashwire raised $1 million in debt financing.
The company was founded by CEO Ford Davidson, a former Product Manager in the Mobile Devices group at Microsoft. Dashwire’s CTO, James Prudente, helped build critical elements of Amazon’s web operation in its early days, and also helped create the Amazon Mobile group.
The Internet and media firm, which purchased The Huffington Post in February for $315 million to serve as the flagship of its media fleet, launched a free daily news magazine for Apple's hot-selling iPad this week called Editions.
Like other iPad news aggregators such as Flipboard, Pulse, Taptu and Zite, Editions uses algorithms to take a reader's interests into account in serving up their pages.
Editions users customize their experience by indicating their interest in topics such as Top News, Entertainment, Sports, Design, Tech, Business, Family, Health and Fitness, Sports or Travel.
Readers can also link their Facebook, Twitter or AOL accounts to the application, available as a free download from Apple's App Store, to help guide the selection of news sources.
When connected with Twitter, for example, a publication followed on Twitter will become a preferred news source in Editions.
Editions users who plug in their location or zip code receive local weather reports and local news, much of it provided by Patch, AOL's nationwide community news project.
"Once you start reading, Editions will learn what you like (and what you don't)," according to AOL. "The more you read, the better Editions gets at delivering the latest news and information, all tailored to your tastes."
David Temkin, AOL's head of mobile, said Editions is an attempt to "take the best of the online and offline reading experiences and fuse them into a single, sleek magazine.
"By combining custom features with technology that learns about you as you use it, Editions delivers a magazine every day that's full of the things you care about most," he added in a statement.
Posted yesterday, and already attracting more than 100,000 views in its first 24 hours, is the record breaking largest stop animation movie to date — all filmed with just a Nokia N8 smartphone.
The video, above, was shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales. Boasting a 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics, the N8 sets the record of "the largest stop-motion animation set" with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet. "Gulp," the film's title, was animated by Sumo Science at Aardman, the same animators who did the smaller animation, and sand artists from Sand in Your Eye.
The video features a fisherman on his journey at sea, as he catches fish, and gets eaten then spat out by a giant sea creature. Check out the "making of video" here.
Nokia isn't the only company using stop-motion animation, though the only to break a world record. Stop-motion may be an old style of animating, but it sure isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Recent stop-motion successes? Ben and Jerry's new commercials, and KIA's first ever stop-motion animation all done on fingernails, put up in June.
eBay said it is working with designers, brands, and retailers "to bring an incredible selection of authentic merchandise to the world's largest online marketplace at compelling price points typically found in bricks and mortar outlet centers."
The eBay Fashion Outlet will be housed in a hub with all of the participating brands and will have its own experience. Shoppers will be able to shop across brands (via "Browse by Brand" box). Via the fashion outlet search results pages, you will be shop across merchandise categories.
Consumer will still be able to search for brands in the main search box even if they are not searching in the outlet hub, according to an eBay spokesperson.
eBay said the outlets would offer a differentiated shopping experience leveraging eBay Creative Director Andrea Linett's trend expertise and personal shopping guidance to editorialize and evolve the consumer experience.
eBay's spokesperson explained that within the Outlet environment, there will be editorial curation similar to how eBay currently editorializes its Fashion homepage. "We are making sure to feature the brands who are on board and offer styling inspiration and tips through our creative director, Andrea Linett."
eBay pitched large brands on the outlets, telling them they could use eBay Outlets to drive incremental sales and extend their reach to outlet shoppers.
The eBay Fashion Outlet will feature both women and men's merchandise, including apparel, handbags, denim and shoes, with a target audience of 25-44 year old female shopping enthusiasts.
eBay launched its UK fashion Outlet in April 2010, which now hosts over 30 high street brands, including Superdry, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, L.K. Bennett, House of Fraser, Schuh, Dune, Office and Kookai. eBay Germany has 26 branded apparel shops featuring merchandise of nearly 120 brands, including Eastpak, Fila, Speedo and Triumph.
BMW has outsold all other luxury brands in the U.S. for four consecutive months, including Mercedes-Benz.
The new X3 SUV and 5 Series sedan gave sales a boost, bringing numbers up 12 percent from the previous year as of last month. Mercedes saw an increase in sales, as well, although less than BMW at 9.4 percent as of July. Lexus saw a drop rather than an increase, down 22 percent.
July’s sales success for BMW is more than just consecutive success, it also means a bigger lead overall. Lexus still suffers for the year with a 19 percent drop, while Mercedes saw an increase so far of 7.3 percent. BMW still comes out ahead with a 13 percent increase, moving 135,114 units.
As for BMW maintaining its lead, Jesse Toprack, TrueCar.com industry analyst, says “I don’t think Benz will be able to catch up with BMW,”. Although he also mentions that they may be able to close the gap a bit with the release of the revamped C-Class compact. “Depending on how the new C does and when it comes into volume, it may be tight here and there… But overall it’s going to be tough for them to catch up based on what happened during the first half of the year.”
Lexus has a good chance at making a comeback in the future, still, considering they were the in the lead for sales last year, well ahead of BMW by 9,216. The brand’s streak lasted 11 consecutive years.
Audi is another brand that saw an upswing in numbers, with a 17 percent increase last month. Porsche also saw a slight increase at 2.4 percent. Down 24 percent from previous months is Infiniti. Acura also saw a significant drop of 28 percent. Lincoln saw a significant increase last month, at 40 percent. Land Rover is up 23 percent, while Jaguar had a big drop of 35 percent.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
There are currently an estimated 14.9 million drivers on Australian roads today. Approximately 8.7 million of these drivers are in cars from Asian owned brands, an increase of almost 22% over the last 5 years. With more than half of all cars on Australian roads originating in Asia, Lexus and Honda have the highest portion of satisfied drivers; according to the March Roy Morgan Automotive Currency Report.
For the 12 months to March 2011, 94% of Lexus drivers said they were satisfied* with their current vehicle. This is 3% points above the Asian average, leaving Lexus tied with Honda on top of the group.
Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, Roy Morgan Research, says:
“5 years ago Lexus topped the Asian Brand Satisfaction list, with a score 6% points above the average. Although still on top of the list, their total satisfaction figure has declined to 94%, placing them tied with Honda in the top spot. Honda has shifted from equal 3rd place 5 years ago to equal top, moving ahead of Subaru and Suzuki. It is interesting to see that both Lexus and Honda have the same proportion of satisfied drivers as Volvo and Renault, who topped the European importer brand results Roy Morgan published recently.
“With over 3 million Australian drivers currently behind the wheel of a Toyota, this is a key metric for the automotive powerhouse to be aware of. Importantly, Toyota has moved from 5th in 2006 to currently sit 4thand marginally above the average. Other Japanese brands returning positive results are Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi, while Suzuki has fallen from equal third in 2006 to 8th overall and 2% points below the average.
“With such a large portion of Australia 1 million strong new vehicle sales coming from Asia, this metric is a key one for the manufacturers to be aware of. It will also be interesting to look at these results again when the likes of Great Wall, Geely and Cherry have further established themselves in the marketplace.”
|Ambassador Coffee Brand|
Israeli food company to pay $8 million for Ambassador brand, which includes instant freeze-dried coffee, roasted coffee and ground coffee, and another $ 2.4 million for non-compete clause on part of seller
Strauss is continuing to chip away at the ice encasing its Russia coffee sales: The company announced Sunday the acquisition of the Ambassador coffee brand which sells in Russia, the Ukraine and Moldova, in a deal valued at $10.4 million.
Strauss will pay $8 million for the brand which includes instant freeze-dried coffee, roasted coffee and ground coffee, and another $ 2.4 million for a non-compete clause on part of the seller – the Sucafuna group.
Strauss has designs to turn the Russian brand, which chalked up $10 million in sales in 2010, to a premium brand in Russia and other FSU countries. The company estimates that no further major investments will be required for this.
The acquisition follows the acquisition of the Le Café coffee brand announced by Strauss on late November 2010. Strauss acquired the La Café brand which recorded annual sales of $23 million, for $37 million and for an additional $6 million – acquired the brand operator's buildings and warehouse real estate.
Strauss decided to use the property for a logistics center for its coffee activity in the operator's country and for a roasted ground coffee factory, at an investment of an additional $6 million.
The acquisition comes in the wake of the 2010 reports that showed a standstill of Strauss's coffee activity in FSU countries. According to the financial reports, sales were bogged down at NIS 543 million ($158 million) in 2010. Revenues from these markets dropped to 7.9% against 8.6% in 2009.
Strauss Group President and CEO Gadi Lesin imparted in the company's announcement: "The Ambassador deal is another important step in Strauss' expansion in Russia and in other FSU countries".
Strauss Coffee Division CEO Todd Morgan said, "The acquisition of Ambassador brands consolidates our competitive standing in Russia and the FSU countries and constitutes a new level in the development of our instant coffee business following the acquisition of Le Café."
Founder Jimmy Wales says administrators are scrambling to simplify what he called ``convoluted'' editing templates that may be discouraging people from writing and editing Wikipedia's entries.
In another effort to encourage volunteers to stay active, Wales says the site has introduced a new feature called WikiLove that lets users post positive feedback.
He was speaking to the Associated Press on Thursday from the website's annual conference, held this year in Haifa, Israel.
The nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia announced it is encouraging professors in India, Brazil and Europe to assign the editing and writing of Wikipedia entries to students.