Category Archives: Content is King

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Source: Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age   Yesterday, apparel Rent the Runway company announced a new, lower-priced service to broaden its target audience: The New York-based company on Monday announced a less costly membership option that allows women to rent four items from its website, choosing […]

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The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The publishing industry has been one of the early victims of the internet as readers shifted to online articles and publications, which altered the dynamics of the all-important advertising revenue stream and subscription dynamics. As we approach nearly two decades of internet related creative destruction, the rise of mobile usage is another thorn in the […]

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COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

We knew Apple’s special event this week was headed downhill fast when the first thing mentioned about the new iPhone was the pretty colors it would come in. This week in Cocktail Investing we share our takeaways and insights for that event, as well as for the latest economic data and thematic signals that are the backbone of our thematic investing lens.

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TV viewership for NFL games falls further, but Amazon disruption lies ahead

TV viewership for NFL games falls further, but Amazon disruption lies ahead

  As we’ve entered the latest season, NFL ratings have continued to fall. While some may attribute it to concussion-related concerns, we see the loss in viewers stemming from the need to compete with consumers being able to watch what they want, when they want, where they want. In other words, it’s the confluence of […]

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Facebook’s Content is King effort Watch goes live… will you watch it? 

Facebook’s Content is King effort Watch goes live… will you watch it? 

  We’ve seen a number of companies, like Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) look to position themselves within our Content is King investing theme. It’s a smart strategy as that proprietary content is a competitive moat that helps reduce customer churn. With Watch, Facebook (FB) is looking to push into streaming video and vie with Alphabet’s […]

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Tencent set to Stream 2017, 2018 and 2019 NFL games in China

Tencent set to Stream 2017, 2018 and 2019 NFL games in China

We’re not only seeing a blurring of our Content is King and Connected Society investing themes here in the U.S., we’re seeing in China as well in a deal between Tencent and the NFL. Live news and sports were two of the holdouts in streaming content, but with Google (GOOGL) adding streaming news to YouTube; […]

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YouTube’s  ‘breaking news’ addition further complicates things for broadcast TV

  Whether it’s on the go, at work or at home, streaming content continues to account for a growing portion of consumer content consumption. It’s, therefore, no surprise that Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and others are looking to join Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) in delivering proprietary content. On the flip side, Disney (DIS) is […]

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Content is King movie studios eyeing Connected Society solutions like  Apple iTunes rentals

Content is King movie studios eyeing Connected Society solutions like  Apple iTunes rentals

  Through our thematic lens, we see this as Content is King meeting the Connected Society, a theme that has led to much creative destruction over the last several years. With Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN) and now even Apple (AAPL) moving into proprietary content that is streamed to wherever and whenever consumers want, perhaps it’s […]

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Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Our Content is King theme isn’t the only one getting a lot of attention this week as more companies look to invest not only in payments, which we see as Cashless Consumption but also artificial intelligence, a slice of our Disruptive Technologies theme. As we look at these moves, we are reminded of the global […]

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