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Kevin Kelleher

  1. The Alibaba bears are having a good year

    Remember the biggest US IPO in history? A little more than six months ago, the so-called Amazon of China raised $22 billion and commanded a market value of $230 billion – a figure startlingly large enough it made one wonder whether we shouldn't be calling Amazon the Alibaba of America.

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  2. Why BlackBerry has become an interesting company again

    Maybe you stopped caring about BlackBerry long before its share of the global smartphone market fell below 1 percent. Maybe you never even got the whole CrackBerry thing a decade ago. Whatever the case, if watching a dying company attempt a bold turnaround in two years – two years – is an interesting idea, you might want to take another look at the company.

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  3. Ten red flags on the GoDaddy IPO

    Barring any eleventh-hour surprises, GoDaddy will launch an IPO sometime next week. Ten months after it filed its first prospectus, the domain-registration and web-hosting company hopes to price its shares between $17 and $19 each. The midrange figure of $18 a share would raise $396 million and value the company at $2.7 billion.

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  4. How Electronic Arts found its groove again

    In the annual report Warren Buffett writes to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, he's taken to warning about the ABC's of business decay: arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency. Woe to the company that drifts into these swamps, because it can take years to escape them.

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  5. Square's move into small-biz services will be a tough row to hoe

    One of the best business books ever written is Studs Terkel's Working. It inspired in me the habit of asking people about their work when I can, a topic I find endlessly if bizarrely fascinating. After all, work is as much a part of the fabric of daily lives as family – in many cases it's woven more deeply – so it's a quick way to get insight into someone, but it also satisfies whatever curiosity that made me a business journalist.

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  6. The trouble with social, and the opportunity for Google

    Google has entered another one of its periods of languishment. Back in 2007, the company's stock reached $358 a share, then needed another five years to exceed that peak. Once it did, Google rallied 71 percent over the next 18 months, rising as high as $614 a share early last year. Since then, Google has drifted sideways to down. It's trading around $575, after falling below $500 earlier this year.

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  7. The just maybe unsinkable Dick Costolo

    The thing about investment conferences is that they're staged events staged by people who have no business even trying. There are awkward moments aplenty, long pauses in Q&As, and – above all – unrehearsed statements intended to be clever but that fall flat. It's improv done by people whose performative gifts die outside of the conference room.

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  8. My Dad kicked ass at Wii bowling: Or, why it's okay to compete with Travis Kalanick

    As a business journalist, I'm normally shy about writing about my personal life but I'd like to share a story about my Dad. In the early 2000s, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Anyone who has had a loved one suffer from a neurodegenerative disorder knows what followed was as sad and brutal as it was irreversible.

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