Contributor Commentary

Jeff Kagan | |

Finally, an acquisition from Verizon that makes sense. Verizon is a powerful wireless provider in the United States. However, they do not have a solid position in the rapidly growing reseller or prepaid MVNO space. Acquiring Tracfone will help them become a player in this important and growing space.

This move has Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg written all over it. This is one of the first important things he has done for the company since becoming CEO. In fact, this is one of the most important things Verizon has done in the last several years.

Stephen McBride | |

Before the coronavirus outbreak, I doubted telehealth had much potential. I remember sitting outside a café with our publisher and telling him it was a bust.

Trust a quack internet doctor? No way folks will go for it. But I’ve done a total 180. Right now, millions of Americans are firing up their laptops and “visiting” doctors virtually. In fact, more than 55 million folks now pay for a telehealth subscription.

And industry pioneers Teladoc (TDOC) and Livongo (LV...

Wendy Glavin — Glavin's Tech Talk | |

How often do you receive spam calls? Do you worry that your smart devices and cell phones are listening to your conversations? Is your inbox inundated with ads? Are you concerned about the use of facial recognition technology and geolocation targeting?

While many agree that our personal data shouldn’t be used to track our activities or sold to advertisers without our knowledge, people feel data privacy is too scary to think about, too complex or just too overwhelming that there’s no...

David Nelson, CFA CMT | |

I've been a pilot for most of my adult life and I can tell you with some degree of certainty that situational awareness — or recognizing your positioning and the threats around you — is key not just to flying aircraft but almost anything that requires swift reaction times to rapidly changing data.

Even a veteran pilot without sufficient instrument training can find themselves completely upside down within seconds when they have lost sight of visual inputs like the horizon or ground.

After 8 m...

Jeff Kagan | |

AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless have won two important wireless tests. Global Wireless Solutions, or GWS, said AT&T had the “Best Network” among AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. And both Verizon and AT&T have virtually tied the RootMetrics study.

This was the third annual national GWS test, and AT&T has won all three years. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have shown improvements as well. So, even though AT&T was first, these results were good for the entir...

Gary C. Bizzo | |

It's tough to raise money from your friends and family to finance your startup. You've got visions of greatness and that look of money in your eyes. Your sales pitch is full of excitement and dreams. Convincing your friends and family, however, only some of whom may be able to afford or envision your dream, is a scary proposition. Then comes the caveat to them – I have an idea but no product yet!

After you've gone that first and most logical fundraising route, you start going after ...

Geoff Votta | |

If you’re looking to realize your growth potential in the midst of market changes and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recruiting “A” players must be a top priority.

About half of executive hires fail within 18 months, according to the Corporate Leadership Council. These failures can cost anywhere from 2.5 to 27 times that executive’s salary, per RHR International's calculations. That's a cost many companies can't afford right now, and I imagine the number...

David Nelson, CFA CMT | |

The recent run up to all-time highs has been on weak breadth and narrow participation. While most equity sectors were hit hard last week it was technology that took the brunt of the selling as investors headed for the exits dumping high beta secular growth stocks. It's hard to know just what the trigger was and maybe that isn't important.

Asset Class Returns from Peak

The growth to value trade continued as investors headed for the exits dumping the dance partners that drove th...

Michael McTague | |

The corona virus pandemic blocks out all other concerns. One worry we ought to face is the return of the Puritan spirit. Immortalized – and criticized – in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan desire to eradicate evil returns at various times in history. Prohibition provides a powerful example – aimed at wiping out the evils of liquor. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, novels played a big part in persuading people to take on hot political issues. Uncle Tom’s Cabin offers the most dramatic example.

Jeff Kagan | |

U.S. Cellular has a new leader, Laurent Therivel, who became President and CEO as of July 1. What should we expect from U.S. Cellular under its new CEO? Let’s take a look at Therivel, U.S. Cellular, the wireless marketplace and what we can expect next.

At 45 years of age, Therivel came to U.S. Cellular after 10 years at AT&T. Most recently he was the CEO of AT&T Mexico. Before that he was COO of IPcelerate, a VoIP applications company.