Arbitrage With Unofficial Exchange Rates

December 2015 Pricing

Much of this has to do with poor economic policy, the low price of oil (upon which much of Venezuela’s exports depend), and the strong dollar. In such situations, dollars become even more valuable to hoard, which in turn creates more inflation in the bolivar, leading to a positive feedback loop. But how does this lead to shortages of something as basic as toilet paper?


Groupon’s Third Act

December 2015 Communication, Corporate

Both Williams and Mason are frank about past mistakes. They grew too quickly. They didn’t respond appropriately to criticism. Accounting was a mess. The business model required too much labor in place of operational efficiency and scalable systems. But both are optimistic about the core problem that the company is trying to solve: e-commerce for small and local businesses.



“The board of Yahoo will discuss potentially selling off the beleaguered Internet company’s core business during a series of meetings this week,” – New York Times, Deal Book

  1. Was Google used to search for possible buyers?
  2. The fate of Yahoo’s business has nothing on the dismay in lost email accounts.
  3. Supposedly Tumblr wasn’t the saving acquisition grace.
  4. Alibaba is actually where it’s at.
  5. But this search engine had it’s own jingle.
  6. One person’s old search engine is another’s new venture.
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