MSFT-YHOO: what does it mean?

By rickColosimo / February 9, 2008 /

The linked article from the NY Times argues that Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo signals Microsoft’s failure in growing a profitable, competitive online business organically. This might be true to the extent that Google is unmistakably the biggest dog in the fight, but it’s not the whole story. A significant problem for companies as large…

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Microsoft – Yahoo: working against the deal

By rickColosimo / February 9, 2008 /

A number of stories since the Microsoft bid have discussed what Yahoo might do to avoid Microsoft’s offer. Too few stories have explored what Yahoo actually has to do: the board’s fiduciary duties require it to maximize shareholder value. Anything less than that opens them up to suit for breach; the business judgment rule will…

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Microsoft puts Yahoo in play

By rickColosimo / February 4, 2008 /

The big news on Friday was Microsoft’s bear hug letter to Yahoo’s board. The news was announced before market open on Friday, and the >60% premium in Microsoft’s offer was quickly arbitraged away, leaving a much smaller spread (<10%) Wired today notes that the cultures might not be as far apart as everyone thinks. What…

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Long Hours in the Business World

By rickColosimo / January 8, 2008 /

Our two previous posts on the effects of long hours on errors and reduced productivity focused on two professions, doctors and lawyers. We picked those two rather than further explore the issue in the military because long hours for doctors and lawyers are purposely selected by managers whereas soldiers work long during wartime or training…

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