Category Archives: Business

Youtube Ad Controversy

Google has apologized to major advertisers after their ads were featured alongside YouTube videos carrying homophobic and antisemitic messages. It led to Marks & Spencer, HSBC, BBC, and McDonald’s pulling ad content from Google websites in the UK. Google said that it will take a tougher stance on hateful content in response to this incident, hire more staff and tighten safeguards in its YouTube Partner Program.

We appreciate this constructive approach by Google, because millions of videos are added every week, and its indeed very difficult to scan all videos for their content. Text scanning can be done, and it is already being done by new software. Picture scanning software is also improving.

Old economy companies like M&S, BBC, should understand that they need Google more than Google needs them. These companies are acting holier than thou. Advertisers should know that they don’t have much negotiating power against the Internet giant Google. If they don’t use Google, their competition will do, and there are not many options anyway. So they should make less noise. Long live Youtube!

Blackstone looking to raise $40bn Infrastructure Fund

Blackstone, the biggest name in private equity has turned its attention to infrastructure. Blackstone’s head of private equity Joe Baratta, excited about the infrastructure opportunities that a Donald Trump presidency could potentially unleash, planted his flag firmly in the sand:

“To be relevant in that end of the market, I think you need to be deploying billions of dollars at a time, not hundreds of millions. So you’re probably talking about a vehicle that’s 20, 30, 40 billion dollars of equity,” he told Bloomberg TV. When asked if that meant aiming for the largest vehicle ever raised, he added: “Correct. That would be the ambition if this comes to fruition, which we certainly think it will, in terms of the public sector aligning with the private sector to invest in the fabric of this country.”

The largest vehicle to date is Global Infrastructure Partners’ third fund, which closed recently at $15.8 billion. The second-largest is Brookfield’s third infrastructure fund, which closed last summer on $14 billion. Baratta’s upper end effectively dwarfs the two combined. Go big or go home. Continue reading Blackstone looking to raise $40bn Infrastructure Fund

Job Oppty: Sales Development Rep -Moogsoft (SF Bay Area)

Moogsoft AIOps helps Enterprises & Service Providers deliver awesome customer experiences, regardless of the underlying complexity in their applications, networks and infrastructure.

By now, leading organizations have deployed tools like AppDynamics or New Relic to monitor their application stack, tools like Splunk or ELK for logging, and Nagios or Zenoss to report on infrastructure health. Companies like Yahoo!, Intuit and GoDaddy are leveraging Moogsoft today to reduce operational noise and correlate events across all of their applications, network, infrastructure, and social media to gain actionable service insights and detect and resolve incidents faster than ever before.

Moogsoft is seeking a Sales/Business Development Representative to prospect, curate lead lists, cold-call and manage the early phases of the sales cycle. First and foremost, you are smart, adaptable, driven, and coachable. You will partner with Regional Sales Managers and marketing to generate demand and qualify lead candidates. Previous sales experience and strong and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills are a must. Continue reading Job Oppty: Sales Development Rep -Moogsoft (SF Bay Area)