Under Armour’s Fitness App Acquisitions Spotlights #WearableTech Competition #MandA #CEO #CFO


There’s an overabundance of mobile fitness apps all trying to carve out market share.  It’s getting fiercely competitive. The question is: Which app will become a pervasive part of the mobile fitness ecosystem?  And who will go out with a whimper? Open for comments and opinions… …via ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive magazine In early February, Under Armour, maker of performance footwear, apparel and accessories, announced it would acquire two fitness apps for $560 million. The move would give UA a ready-made foothold in the digital world with 120 million members. This acquisition speaks volumes about the way technology is becoming pervasive among … Continue reading Under Armour’s Fitness App Acquisitions Spotlights #WearableTech Competition #MandA #CEO #CFO

Management #Innovation is a platform for #AlignedValue // Why isn’t there more of it?


A response to: Is There a Stanford-Google-Silicon Valley School of Management? http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/7455.html My grandfather Dennis Hunter loved to proclaim: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” He was an Englishman from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK. That’s a completely different continent – and more than 5000 miles from Silicon Valley. Throughout history many individuals, societies, and firms have learned to adapt and thrive using the same fundamental principle. Commerce, environment, and business problems inevitably evolve. Until evolution stops (and I am not betting on that), management will evolve too. I respect Silicon Valley’s heritage for challenging management norms, breaking convention, and inventing … Continue reading Management #Innovation is a platform for #AlignedValue // Why isn’t there more of it?

#DecisionPoint: Patent or Trade Secret? Impact on innovation, equity liquidity, and economic development


Source: IP monitor – Do patents liquefy stocks? Patents, trade secrets and impacts on the marketplace | Canada | Norton Rose Fulbright December 2014Author: Patrice Préville @ Norton Rose Fulbright NRF Twitter: @NLegal_Global Intellectual Property professionals, and owners of intellectual property (IP) rights, generally agree on the important value of patents. A relevant question to consider is whether an innovation would be more properly protected by a trade secret, or by a patent application. There are numerous factors to consider in making a decision, and all these considerations go beyond this post. However, it is noted that a major difference between the … Continue reading #DecisionPoint: Patent or Trade Secret? Impact on innovation, equity liquidity, and economic development