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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    Five trends that explain why the Priceline-OpenTable deal makes sense

    The Negotiator must be hungry. Priceline is paying $2.6 billion for OpenTable, the app we fire up when we’re too lazy to call a restaurant to make reservations. True to the trend of recent Internet M&A, the valuation is pricey. OpenTable closed yesterday with a valuation of $1.7 billion. That means a company whose stock has flatlined this year is buying a company whose stock had, until then, been slumping this year. At a 53-percent premium to the value investors believed…
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    GoDaddy: The pig in the IPO parade

    Psst. How would you like to get in on an IPO of a company that built its brand name on controversial ads, is synonymous with sleazy customer practices, has an aging business model, and hasn’t made a single dollar in profit in the past several years? But wait. There’s more. This hot company has an impossibly complex corporate structure. Much of the IPO’s proceeds won’t go to finance growth but to pay insiders tens of millions in loan payments, tax…
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    With Beats acquisition, Apple takes a bold step into its past

    Music seems to be where Apple turns whenever it wants to reinvent itself. In October 2001, the company unveiled the iPod, a few months after introducing the iTunes “digital jukebox.” Back then, the stock was stagnating below $20 a share, and critics were skeptical of the new products. As it turned out, even the optimists had little idea of what was ahead. The iPod became not only a bestselling mp3 player and cultural icon, it helped Apple design the best – and for…
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    Is there still life in the tech IPO market?

    Is there life in the IPO market after the correction in Internet stocks this spring? If the past two weeks offer any indication, investors are willing to embrace some of the more promising candidates, albeit with a sense of caution. In other words, the IPO market is working as it should – for now, at least. So far in 2014, 115 companies have gone public on US markets, raising a total of $23.5 billion, according to Renaissance Capital. That compares…
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    Searching for a follow-up act, Samsung turns to drugs

    Following a decade of Apple ruling the tech world, Samsung Electronics emerged as its biggest rival in the smartphone market that is still at the heart of Apple’s business. More than a rival, Samsung has been a constant thorn in Apple’s side in everything from a high-profile patent battle to its status as a supplier and competitor. A week ago, reports emerged that Apple was in talks to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, a move that was seen as a potential shift from…
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    Why the Alibaba IPO may be much bigger than you think

    “Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere.” You can tell a lot about a company from the mission statement it puts high up in its IPO filing. On the one hand, it can be pure bullshit: Lawyers won’t nix it as long as it’s too vague to be actionable. On the other, it will hang around your corporate neck for much of your life as a public company. So it better be right. A good mission…
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    For Zynga, a modest rebound would count as a win

    Reversals of fortunes are so common in the gaming industry that they sometimes feel like they’re part of a game. Win an early round only to find things have turned against you in the next round. That’s okay, because there’s always another round. There’s always a chance to become a winner again. It’s not just that gaming is as hit-driven a business as Hollywood movies. It’s not just that consumers are unpredictably fickle about the games they like, and scornful…
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    Dancing Giants: How Cisco Innovates

      Cisco has been called the backbone of the Internet for so long it feels like a trademarked slogan. But while much of its $49 billion in annual revenue still comes from its core business of switches and routers, the company has been busy in recent years finding new areas of business such as teleconferencing and cloud computing. Staying relevant in a fast-evolving and hyper-competitive technology industry is tough for a company with $120 billion in market value and three…
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    Your Facebook complaints only make Facebook that much stronger

    When Facebook said it would pay $2 billion for Oculus VR (or rather, $1.7 billion as of this morning, with Facebook’s stock down 10 percent following the news), the company presented the deal as if it was the greatest thing to happen to human communication since, well, Facebook. Oculus plus Facebook could create, according to Mark Zuckerberg, “the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.” But a surprisingly large number of people didn’t agree. Some…
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    Amazon’s core “strength” may actually be its biggest weakness

    A lot of things seem to be going Amazon’s way these days. It boasts the best-selling e-reader, two-thirds of the ebook market, a foothold in the tablet market, a growing library of video titles (including home-brewed programs), and, possibly in the future, a smartphone and a music-subscription service. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of Amazon Web Services customers. Over the past year, however, there has been a growing area of vulnerability at Amazon, and it’s a big one:…

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