One Major Blow to the Blue Apron IPO

In its June 11, 2017, article, Business Insider quipped, “Blue Apron’s IPO is a missed opportunity for Whole Foods.” Not anymore. On Friday, June 16, 2017, Amazon ($AMZN) announced its acquisition of Whole Foods ($WFM) for $13.7 Billion dollars. The meal kit industry has two simple components — a subscription service and good food. While Amazon Prime, its subscription service, has no signs of slowing down with over 80 million members;  Blue Apron’s subscription service is showing signs of strain.  On the other hand, Whole Foods has mastered the art of food. Separately, Amazon and Whole Foods have tried...

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United Airlines: Expect Turbulence

The general practice of overselling flights caught up to United Airlines this week, and it has been nothing short of a circus.  Around 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017, Dr. David Dao boarded United Flight 3411, a sold-out flight traveling from O’Hare International Airport to Kentucky.  Minutes later, Dr. Dao was dragged through the aircraft’s aisles on his back by Chicago Department of Aviation security officers.  This scene was caught on video, circulated online, and became an epic public relations disaster.   Please fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride Initially, passengers were told that...

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Five reasons why I won’t be Snapping up Snapchat

Snap, Inc. (the parent company of Snapchat) is scheduled to be available for purchase by the public on Thursday, March 2nd. Although this is probably the most anticipated initial public offering (IPO) since Facebook, I’m skeptical. Here are five reasons why I won’t be snapping up Snap[chat]. Snap is not a camera company To its 150 million active users, Snap is a technology and social media company with two products, Snapchat and Spectacles. Snapchat, Snap’s flagship product, is a dynamic ephemeral photo and video social media platform. Spectacles are sunglasses that connect directly to Snapchat to capture video from the...

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What is Stock: Through the Eyes of Apple

The original post was written as a guest post for The Millennials Next Door published on January 8, 2017.  Millennials grew up with Apple products. We played the Oregon Trail on Apple Macintosh computers at school. And I will never forget trading in my bulky Discman for a brand new iPod. What company is more successful and more synonymous with being a Millennial than Apple, the “world’s largest information technology company”? Apple’s beginnings Forty years ago, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created a business to sell the Apple I computer. They established Apple Computer Co. as a partnership, an...

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We don’t buy toys; we buy stock

Each Christmas, I try to balance fiscal responsibility and good gifts. This year I adopted the mantra, “We don’t buy toys; we buy stock.”  Because my niece LOVES American Girl Dolls, I wanted to give her the gift of ownership. Can I buy stock in American Girl? Before I could get excited about my idea, I had to see if public ownership in American Girl Dolls was available. Luckily, American Girl has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) since 1998. The frustration of buying stock for a child Buying stock for a child can be difficult....

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