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Kevin Kelleher

Kevin Kelleher is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked at Bloomberg, Wired News and The Industry Standard magazine and has written for Wired magazine, Reuters, Fortune, GigaOm, Popular Science, Salon, Portfolio as well as many others.

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  • Best Buy

    As Amazon’s iron grip slips, Best Buy is taking advantage

    Not long ago, it seemed like Best Buy was destined to be roadkill beneath Amazon’s tires. Sales at its retail stores were declining while its profits were plummeting. The company’s efforts to tap into online orders Online sales wasn’t working either. The stock finished 2012 below $12 a share, a decline of 77 percent over the previous five years. Best Buy is still around today – unlike its erstwhile rival Circuit City – and its stock…
  • Horton Hears a Who

    New Relic, Hortonworks are losing money but solving problems. Will IPO investors bite?

    The next time you click on a link in your Twitter stream and wonder how many seconds – five? ten? thirty?? – it’s going to take for a page to load, spare at least a couple of those seconds for Lew Cirne, the CEO of New Relic who not only shares your frustration but is actively trying to do something about it. “When you wait 6 seconds for a page to load and you expect to be less than 1…
  • Amazon River

    Amazon Bound: Is Bezos reaching his limits?

    In 2014, Amazon is bigger than ever, has more customers than ever, and extends more tentacles in more markets than ever before. Its stranglehold on ecommerce is stronger than ever, so strong that many entrepreneurs are inclined to take their chances in other markets. So why does the company seem more vulnerable than it’s been in a long, long time? In the past decade, Amazon has branched into new areas with increasing frequency. Cloud computing services. Manufacturing its own ebook readers, then…
  • Pushmepullyou

    US investors still don’t know what to make of Alibaba

    The first hour or so following a company’s earnings announcement is sort of like a group Rorschach blot test based on the jumble of finances and metrics in a standard earnings report. And what the market saw in Alibaba first post-IPO report shows a clear picture of investor confusion. Alibaba reported revenue and profit figures that beat Wall Street’s expectations, but showed operating margin deteriorating. In the immediate aftermath, the stock initially fell more than 2 percent from Monday’s close. But once active trading began in…
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    Wall Street bashes Facebook for doing exactly what it said it would

    Mark Zuckerberg must really be wishing Facebook was still a private company. The disconnect between the grandiose plans he has for the company’s future and the fickle sentiments of public-market investors caught up again with his company today. And all because Facebook did something it had been loathe to do before: guide its shareholders on where it expects its revenue and profit go move next quarter. It all started with what seemed like a routine quarter for Facebook: Revenue…
  • yahoo-truck

    Saving Yahoo may be a long shot, but it’s still worth trying

    Forget that Google’s revenue is growing by 20 percent a year. Or that Facebook’s revenue is growing by 55 percent a year, with the bulk of that coming from mobile ads. Yahoo managed for once to eke out 1 percent revenue growth, and that is actually something for the company to celebrate. As good financial news goes in the Internet sector, this was thin gruel. But it was just nourishing enough to allow Marissa Mayer to make the case that…
  • super-heroes

    The tech market needs a hero. It will have to settle for Google.

    For the average tech consumer, things are going pretty well in October 2014. Ever sleeker, more powerful devices are rolling out by the week. New apps and services, and products are appearing with such frequency it’s hard to keep up with them. But for tech investors, the climate has turned hostile. In the past month, the Nasdaq Composite has lost 8.4 percent, a harder tumble that the broader market, despite signs that the US economy is gathering steam. The…
  • aol

    Why an AOL merger is Yahoo’s best hope now

    The Marissa Mayer era of Yahoo came to be because of the wishes of an activist investor. So it seems oddly appropriate that Mayer’s dreams of reviving Yahoo’s growth may be thwarted by yet another shareholder activist, one who wants Yahoo to do exactly what Mayer does not: slash jobs and merge with AOL. These activist investors normally circle around companies that are losing money in a grim cycle of irreversible decline. That doesn’t describe Yahoo, whose core operations are profitable and stable.…
  • Alibaba

    Alibaba: A tasty dish (just don’t ask how it’s made)

    “When you trust, everything is simple. When you don’t trust, things get complicated.” Jack Ma Alibaba is here. Much like a pregnancy, the IPO involved years of planning, months of gestating, and, finally, weeks of mounting hype. The NYSE midwifed the offering with the utmost care to avoid another Facebook, and the result was a textbook example of a successful IPO: priced at $68 a share, opening at $92.70 a share, with strong demand throughout.…
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    What if Oracle’s CEO changes were a crazy plot to secure Ellison’s legacy?

    When the Roman Emperor Tiberius had to choose a successor, he actually chose two: His grandson Gemellus and the notorious Caligula. History books tell us that Tiberius was being shrewd: He knew he was widely despised as a ruler, and had an idea that Caligula would end up in charge and leave Rome with an Emperor that, by comparison, left his legacy looking pretty good. The news of Larry Ellison handing over the CEO role at Oracle to two successors (the…

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