How Empires Fall: The Publicis Omnicom Merger Underscores The Rapid Decay Of The Ad Industry

The companies’ public statements about the merger, and the market dynamics forcing this combination, underscore the rapid decay of the advertising industry. Marketing ad advertising agencies holding companies industry omnicom publicis wpp Publicis Group and Omnicom, two of the world’s biggest ad agencies, have announced a merger to create the world’s biggest advertising group.

How Pharrell Williams Created a $100 Million Empire (and We're Not Just Talking About Music)

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Like other artists, he's a one-man holding company with interests in media, fashion, and the environment

Commercial Lending, Holding Company, Balloon Payments, DSCR, and More! An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

By purchasing through a holding company. Holding Company. I’ve been continuing to focus 100% on real estate lately, completely ignoring everything else.

Learn the Alphabet: Understanding Google's New Parent Company

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The announcement says they are creating a new parent company called Alphabet, Inc., which will serve as a holding company for all of Google's individual subsidiaries

Setting Up a Holding Company and Improving My Real Estate Numbers An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

In my last real estate post , I mentioned how I was considering setting up a holding company. I definitely went ahead with the holding company though. Seeing that it is a holding company and not an operating company, I think I’ll pass.

The R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Feld Thoughts

R/GA is part of Interpublic Group of Companies, one of four global ad holding companies, and is the most award-winning agency in the digital world today. Yesterday, Techstars launched another accelerator, this time focused entirely on connected devices. The newest accelerator, based in New York City, is called the R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

Both Sides of the Table

We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. market share today and are stuck with high real-estate costs, shitty customer service, bad value propositions and no ability to respond to competition because they have effectively become real-estate holding companies that store stuff for cashflow. This morning

5 Signals To Evaluate To Test The Value Of Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank. Overall, your customers now have near-instantaneous power to hold companies and brands accountable for their words and actions.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

Startup Professionals Musings

The bad news is that patent trolls (non-producing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the recent mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS developers.

15 Surprising Perks Employees Love

Up and Running

When you have lunch in the office people work harder, longer, and become better friends with everyone in the company. – John Rampton, Hostt. What perks do you offer your employees to keep them happy and to create a positive company culture?

7 Ways To Test Whether Your Company Is Socially Responsible

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But this week the CEO of a $6 trillion money manager said he wants to hold companies accountable for CSR. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has not made much of a dent in boardrooms.

How Finding Your Purpose Can Build Your Business


If they’re lucky, companies — like individuals — are able to step back, evaluate their role in the world, and define their very existence. My company is an intellectual property holding company, but it ultimately aims to accelerate and regulate the utilization of regenerative technology.

4 Ways Team Activities Can Boost Your Company Culture


by Dusty Wunderlich , founder and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings. Company culture is an elusive ideal. Our company’s leaders had an unusual source of inspiration for improving the lives of our employees: reality TV.

Why Getting a Loan May Get Harder

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Zions is a bank holding company that a bank holding company that owns companies such as California Bank and Trust and Commerce Bank of Oregon, across 10 Western and Southwestern states.

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Finally Placing My First Offer On an Income Property An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

A few days ago, I went to my lawyer’s office to sign the paperwork to set up the holding company , and then picked up the completed paperwork the next day. I ended up going with the name Merendi Holdings Inc.

The lodsys case

Chris Dixon

Lodsys is a so-called “non-practicing entity&# – a patent holding company that doesn’t build products. Lodsys filed a complaint last week against a number of online retailers.

Why is Dragon Army so laser-focused on mobile?

Jeff Hilimire

I don’t have to report up to a holding company or a private equity company. I get this question all the time from friends and peers in the industry, “Why only focus on mobile? Why not have a specialty in mobile, but allow Dragon Army to do other areas of digital marketing, like social media and web development?” ” It’s a fair question. We could grow faster if we did more than just mobile, for sure. And I’m nothing if not focused on growth.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Investors will ask management what their “AI strategy” is before investing and will be wary of companies that don’t have one (Fred Wilson, USV). Many large companies will be built (Michael Wolfe, Point Nine Capital). the company raised a strong $3.3M

Rovio Ownership Structure Revealed


The biggest chunk of the Rovio is owned by Trema Holdings International BV, the holding company of Kaj Hed. It seems that Accel and Atomico, who together invested $42 million into the company last year, own around 20% of the company.

Military Entrepreneurs Have a Higher Calling

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We can all learn something from the unique challenges of veteran Tim Smith and other service members who start companies. Its mission: to provide jobs for returning service members and their family members, while delivering superior service to the company''s commercial customers.

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Warren Buffett's Annual Letter: 5 Takeaways for Entrepreneurs

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It''s even more remarkable because Buffett typically holds companies for extended periods of time and is the head of a conglomerate, which, given the history of disasters that such entities have generally proven themselves, makes it even more remarkable.

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Software Patents Have Become a Startup Nightmare

Startup Professionals Musings

The bad news is that patent trolls (non-practicing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the continuing mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS developers.

It Never Pays to Be a Know-It-All

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As he recounts in his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis spent several years working as general counsel for Columbia Records before a fortuitous political reorganization landed him at the helm of the company.

7 Companies Older Than America

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In celebration of America's birthday this Fourth of July, here's a look at a few companies founded before the United States was formed. Here's a look at some of the oldest companies in the United State.

China just declared war on American investors!

Texas Startup Blog

Yahoo, which is considered by some a holding company for Chinese internet companies, learned in late March that Alibaba Group (they own 43% of the company) sold one of the company’s most valuable assets Alipay without notifying or seeking approval from Alibaba’s board of directors. The CEO, Jack Ma, of Alibaba owns the company that acquired Alipay.

Dodd - Frank Rollback Despite NY Fed Stating Work Is Not Finished


This requires having clean parent holding company structures, less corporate complexity, and essential service and support operations that are able to continue to operate even when the parent company becomes non-viable,” he said. STOCK MARKET CONFIDENCE INDICES - UNITED STATES CRASH INDEX DATA - INSTITUTIONAL (Source: Yale Economic Research) Date: 12/31/2016 Index Value: 24.74 Standard Error: 4.38 Date: 12/31/2015 Index Value: 40 Standard Error: 4.22


Managing risk is critical to success

Taffy Williams

Holding company equity has risk just as loans have risk. Companies may grow and succeed but some fail. Even great companies can get into trouble and cause big losses for investors. They must mitigate risk by selection of companies that fit a portfolio strategy.

Going Global: 8 Things to Consider If You Want to Expand Your Business

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The infrastructure, minimum capital investment required to set up a company, local workforce, available customer base, and type of company you’re looking to create can all play an important role. Today, the world is remarkably small.

5 Ways to Help You Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously

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Stand-up comedy may not seem like ideal training for leading a company, but several of the discipline''s techniques will help you loosen up, connect with employees, and make a bigger impact on your clients.

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 20: Nayeem Hussain and Will Zell

Steve Blank

Your product and company vision needs to match your appetite for funding. Will Zell , co-founder and CEO of Nikola Labs wireless power company. We were portraying the company as a vent company. . Steve : And they wanted a bigger business than just a vent company.

Financial interaction: the next generation

Information Arbitrage

Zac Townsend of Standard Treasury weighed in as well , subsequently sharing a write-up describing a syndicate approach to raising the capital necessary to start a bank that doesn’t run afoul of Bank Holding Company regulations. I have spent over 25 years creating, processing and analyzing financial transactions.

A Startup’s First Steps: What’s In A Name?


Historically, most bricks-and-mortar businesses were named after their founders, and large corporations often have a publicly traded parent company that holds all of the stock in many operating units that have familiar or famous names (e.g., AMR as holding company for American Airlines). Even technology companies followed this tradition in the early years; for every IBM, Intel or Microsoft there was a Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard or Wang.

How to Start a Luxury Day Spa

Up and Running

While there are a number of chain spas, none of them hold a dominant position in the industry. Depending on the location of your spa, you may also want to consider offering services designed to appeal to corporate clients looking for fun ways to hold company events.

With an Exploding Market for Consumer Loans, Even Goldman Sachs Wants In

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Watch out fintech companies, there's a new, moneyed competitor in town. After all Goldman, along with Morgan Stanley, were re-chartered as a bank holding companies 2008. It’s also an investor in some of the most promising alternative finance companies out there.

When Products People Love Die in the Cloud

This is going to be BIG.

You bought a version that you liked and you could use it for as long as you liked regardless of what happened to the underlying company. When the company dies, the software dies. Today, one of my portfolio companies, Editorially , announced that it was shutting down. A holding company that could be the Land of Misfit toys for webapps? My dad, after a 20 year career as a New York City firefighter, went back to school and became an accountant.

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We Still Don't "Get" China

Seeing Both Sides

Somewhat to the chagrin of the rest of the family, Tom left America for China 20 years ago to be an executive for advertising agency JWT (one of the WPP holding companies). confess to being proud of my family and so when someone in the clan writes a book, I read it with great pleasure. My brother-in-law, William Landay , recently released his third book, the crime thriller Defending Jacob , to great critical reviews and it has become a NY Times Bestseller.

Growth With No Capital? No Problem

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One of our clients, a small start-up software company, has found itself in a peculiar situation, having recently been acquired by a large, multibillion-dollar corporation. While limited resources can be frustrating, it shouldn't prevent a company from achieving the growth targets it desires.

Meet America's 10 Fastest Growing Private Companies

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CEO Greg Sanders says his company has been successful simply because it’s the only game in town. One of the company’s biggest customers is the U.S. Bell created an advertising platform that offers targeted web advertising for companies worldwide.

Fresh Lawsuit: American Apparel (From WWD)


The picture painted isn’t pretty, with Standard General alleging the lender committee propped up the company with additional debt — $82 million between April and October of last year — as it focused on a sale of the business for the highest price rather than a turnaround of American Apparel. About another 1,000 positions are up in the air as the company focuses on a wind-down and transition to its largest buyer Gildan Activewear Inc.

Customer Relationships Now Drive Brand Perceptions

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s not a surprise that people love their favorite smartphone brand, cringe when you mention their cable company, or even hate the mention of a particular bank. Overall, your customers now have near-instantaneous power to hold companies and brands accountable for their words and actions.