2015 M&As: A Look at What's Coming

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions were among the stars of the global financial stage in 2014. By the end of September, there had been more closed M&A deals during the year than there had been over the last five years. Financial players handled billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions transactions by the year's end.

The reason behind the boom is simple: natural outcome of business strategies. With the need to consolidate and cut costs to stay alive, many businesses turned to mergers and acquisitions in the wake of the recession. But even with the recovering economy, it looks as if the uptick in M&A deals may be here to stay for the upcoming financial year.

Media Trends

According to a CNBC report, the shift to digital advertising may spark record M&A activity in the media sector. With more people watching television and movies on the Internet, digital advertising is becoming more important. As a result, several media providers, such as movie and original programming network Starz, have reportedly been in talks with other businesses as the advertising model continues to evolve.

Telecom Sector

Telecom is another hot area for potential mergers and acquisitions. With competition becoming fierce in the telecom market, many companies are looking for surefire ways to retain and expand their customer bases. By being able to offer multiple services, such as Internet and television, telecom providers stand a better chance at keeping their markets. Since M&A deals are a common way for telecom companies to expand service offerings quickly and efficiently, expect a lot of consolidation activity in the telecom sector this coming year.

Oil and Commodities Watch

The price of crude oil has recently dropped even lower than the bottom point over the last five years. If the price of this commodity remains stagnant, the M&A deals may just start flying. Lack of growth is often a trigger for mergers and acquisition activity, and despite the long-standing value of crude oil, this sector is not immune to the effects of stagnation in the market. Smaller companies with less-than-stellar balance sheets are at risk of a takeover in this sort of climate, and even big players in the industry are not safe. London-based BP, for example, has already had to cut jobs because of the market price slump.

Mining companies have already seen some early M&A activity. Glencore, a Switzerland-based mining conglomerate, approached London-based Rio Tinto Group toward the end of 2014 about a merger, surprising the commodity sector watchers. Rio rejected the proposal, which would have created an industry giant worth around $150 billion dollars. Analysts believe, however, that the deal may happen in 2015 because Rio has been hobbled by a slump in iron ore prices and Glencore needs an acquisition to supplement its declining base of assets.

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Ukrainian Startup Company Viewdle Will Define Facial Recognition Software

>> Monday, January 26, 2015

Facial recognition software is becoming a big deal in social networking and mobile apps. It helps sites like Facebook tag the right people in posts, it’s making virtual reality a plausible thing and is pushing the limits of what video games can do.

Cutting Edge Facial Recognition Software

One of the biggest upcoming names in facial recognition software, Viewdle has been making waves over the past few years. The Ukrainian startup company that specializes in facial recognition and augmented reality was purchased by Google in 2012 for around $30 to $45 million USD. Initially, Motorola made a bid to purchase Viewdle, but once Google bought Motorola out, it decided to make the bid instead.

Viewdle began in 2006 in the Ukraine. The company is now based out of Silicon Valley, with operations in Europe, South America and the Ukraine. In 2008, it won the LeWeb startup competition, and in the past, it received funding from other big names, such as Best Buy Capital, Blackberry and more technology-based firms. An anonymous donor also gave Viewdle between $250k and $500k to get it going.

SocialCamera, ThirdEye and More

The company has multiple apps out already for Android and iOS, like SocialCamera, ThirdEye and others. Viewdle has acquired multiple patents relating to facial recognition not only to play it safe but also to make its mark on the industry. In addition to its focus on facial recognition, Google and Motorola have interest in the company and its “pattern recognition” software, as well. This technology can identify details such as gestures, age, smiles and other human characteristics. For example, it could easily distinguish between an adult and a child.

After Google purchased Viewdle in 2012, the CEO of Viewdle, Laurent Gil, left the company with rumors pointing to him taking on an executive role at an unknown company. After Gil left, another long-time senior member of Viewdle took over, Jason Mitura.

Will Viewdle Succeed?

Some people are calling facial recognition software a potential breach of privacy, but Mitura explained that Viewdle’s algorithms are only carried out within the device, thus never being transported to a server for processing. He pointed out that computer-based processing such as Apple’s iCloud, or cloud-based ones like Facebook are the ones that people should have concerns over.

One can assume that Google is looking to utilize Viewdle’s facial and pattern recognition software for its Android lines, or even Google+. Viewdle put in roughly 15 years of research and three years of production to make this technology come to life, which is capable of near-instant visual analysis. At face value, Google could use Viewdle to do what Facebook has done—photo tagging—but it’s always possible that the tech giant has more planned for this innovative technology.

Since 2012, the volume of venture capital put into Ukrainian tech startups has decreased dramatically. Time will tell if luck gave Viewdle a chance or if its amazing technology is what made it shine and catch the eye of major companies. Not much has been mentioned of Viewdle in the past few years, but with a company as secretive as Google, it usually means that something big is in the works.

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Prioritizing Plans for our Church Place

>> Thursday, January 22, 2015

As one of our plans this year is to maximize our finances for all our expenses we also applies it to our church when the idea of replacing the old drum set was discussed. The new set is so expensive so we suggested that we look for replacement drum parts instead of buying the whole set. There are things to prioritize and we plan to list our most needed projects and needs. 

We also have to save finances to look for a lot for lease for our church because we’re moving out in few months. We’re considering new ideas on buying a lot or having a lease instead of renting a space on expensive buildings. Hope we’ll be able to settle for something stable as it’s tasking to move places and location.

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Ideas on Starting Up a Coffee Plantation Business

>> Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Start of the year and since online job is not at its peak these days I’m thinking of starting a small business to earn extra income. I have a full-time corporate job but I still have to earn more for few months before my husband graduates and gets a slot in the teaching profession, well at least for a quarter of a year or so.

I’m thinking of venturing into a food delivery or accessory business like I saw in joyjewelers.com but the prospect of starting a coffee plantation is beginning to excite me. As we already have a vast land to plant trees maybe we could use up some great ideas on reviving the old plantation but instead of coconut I’m more apt to coffee and cocoa planting. Well everything is good for now but I still have to study the business before I invest.

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Doing the Job You Love To Do

>> Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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We all have our ups and downs on our jobs but we must admit that beyond all these our love for our work stands out and no matter what happens we like the feeling that we’re financially stable.  Our jobs give us provision for the things we need and support our family as well; as such we give our best to show our capabilities to reach our goal of career advancement.   Some are lucky to be promoted; others are not and most try their best through their years of service hoping that their good fortune will come next. 


These are all for our financial needs and career dreams but when we talk of happiness it’s finding a job that excites you every day-something that you look forward every morning that you go to work.  This is also the time when you care more about the people that you work with rather than the amount you get from your work.  Well if you really love the things you’re doing sometimes the salary is not the first to consider because after all if you hate your job you wouldn’t be your best ever.

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How to Boost Your Fertility?

>> Monday, December 15, 2014

Want to know how to boost your fertility and improve your chances of getting pregnant fast? According to the experts at www.pregnancytips.org, there are many things that couples can do to help their own fertility without having to see a fertility specialist. For example, finding out when exactly you are ovulating is probably one of the most important things about getting pregnant. This allows you to plan for sex so you are having sex during the fertile times and will greatly improve your chances of getting pregnant. 

Another thing you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant is to cut out negative habits, such as drug use, smoking or drinking alcohol. Make sure to get enough sleep and reduce your stress levels. Weight, diet and exercise are all also closely related to fertility. Men and women who are overweight usually have reduced fertility levels, and eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are very important to fertility as well. Keep these things in mind when you are trying to get pregnant. 

Healthy living is really important especially if you want to get pregnant and women should be aware of her personal health and fertility to conceive easily. I often remind this thing to my friend who plans to get pregnant this coming year. I told her that she should refrain from drinking alcohol and start eating healthy foods. Well if she really wants to have more kids I know she’ll think about my advice.

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Grooming For Your Best Corporate Look

>> Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When you’re working in a corporate world dressing up and grooming are vital especially when you’re in a high ranking position. A well groomed corporate employee should look in his best when dealing with clients and associates to represent the company well. As they say first impression last so one should be able to impress people with smart and witty ways but a pleasing personality and good looks as well. 

If you’re in the same situation where looks play an important role in your work you can try choosing for taylor of old bond street products to help you achieve the best look in your corporate work. They offer luxury grooming products for men like colognes, aftershaves, accessories, soaps and a lot more. With the use of these high quality products you’re assured that you’ll be at your best in your work.

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Choosing Your Career

>> Saturday, November 15, 2014

Choosing career need not be too hard if you focus not just on your skills and intelligence but on your passion as well. Many students choose a college course depending on the demands of job employment but others follow the desires of their heart. It’s both acceptable but you should also weigh things before deciding what career to take. For my kids I always tell them to think of what they want to be when they work and with that they can perceive what possible courses would fit not just their desires but their capabilities as well. 

My younger daughter who loves music and plays various musical instruments asked me if she could take up music. I told her to think it over as she can study music anytime she wants even after she has finished a college course that would ensure her of work stability in the future. I advised her to think deeper of her goals and dreams and she can take up both if she desires. She’s just very interested and fascinated with music that her attention is focused on having as many instruments as she wants like the acoustic di box at guitar center, new piano or any instrument that fancies her young mind. 

Well I’m proud that like my grandfather, uncle and brother she inherited our ancestors’ talent in music and that she can use it in our church. I just hope that her fondness with music continues until she has grown up to be a grown up lady. Her dreams of having a degree in business or engineering will go well with her love for music. It will not in any way complicate with her dreams.

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Choosing a Career and Reaching Our Goals

>> Monday, October 20, 2014

We all have dreams in life and whether we reached it or is still trying to meet our goals it doesn’t matter as long as we’re determined and focused. When I was in college I didn’t followed my heart in choosing my career instead I used some practicality. I’ve chosen a career in computer field because at that time you are assured to easily land a good job when you finished a computer course. True to what I’ve been taught it wasn’t hard for me to find a job because of my finished degree. 

Well we all have our calling and destiny but we can create our own good future when we set our mind to the things we want to achieve. Success is not far from people who strive to do their best and give their utmost performance in every endeavor they take. It’s the same in learning and playing music because when you aim to be a good musician and own a quality musical instrument like epiphone black beauty. If you put your mind into every goal you want to reach you can be the best of what you want to be.

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TideBuy Lolita Dress for Costumes and Special Occasion

>> Friday, October 10, 2014

I’ve been counting the days to the longest holiday of the year and now it’s just more than two months and we’re off to our holiday. In our office there’s still no news where we’ll going to have our company Christmas party but anyway I’m used to them already as they can make ways and reservations even there’s only a month left. For some companies they celebrate Christmas parties with themed costumes like the one we had in my previous employer. We were asked to have a theme of our own and I dressed up as a Cowgirl. It’s actually an easy one as I already have some cowgirl tops and I just bought a hat and a brown leather shoes to go with it. 

It’s fun and we’re all satisfied with our own costumes like Mrs. Smith, Korean Mom, Snow White and some anime characters. Other companies requires star wars, retro, ballroom, various decades like 70s, 80s and many others. It doesn’t matter whatever costumes you choose to dress as long as you’re happy doing it and your effort to do your best is what counts most. I was thinking now what will be our company’s theme this year if ever there will be one. It will be fun to have one like having those conservative Tidebuy classic Lolita dress for a change. I’ve seen some online and I find it elegant and very classic as well. 


Well it will always be fun if there’s a theme but if there’s none it’s not a bad news as we can always go to a party with our chosen dress or outfit. For those who want to look for some nice dresses for costume, parties or even plays and stage presentation you can always browse for Tidebuy Lolita dress and shop conveniently wherever you are whether you are at work or at home. 





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