But three interesting lessons in this lovely chart. 1. Geocities! They really paid that much? And you kids are like, wait, what is Geocities? Exactly.
2. The sexiness of the acquisition at that moment has no correlation to success. Just look at the ones Google has acquired (green bars). Three seem to have vanished (and unclear if they were absorbed in G technology). Couple others... unclear outcomes. YT is the only shining star. Remember that. Money you pay, nothing to do with future outcomes. Also of course demonstrated by many other rows.
3. In hindsight it amazing to think of some of these companies, what they were thinking and how little they knew what they were doing.
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Prior to founding Anderson Analytics, Tom managed the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide account for TNS, where he managed market research studies in over 80 countries and consulted to executive and brand management of Westin, W Hotels, Sheraton, Four Points, St Regis, Luxury Collection, and Starwood Vacation Ownership.
Before TNS-NFO, Tom helped found IQuestics.com, a ‘Gen-I’ consumer insights consultancy for Snowball.com, now IGN.com. While at IQuestics he perfected the online quantitative and qualitative skills required to understand and market to the technologically savvy 13-30 year old Gen-X & Gen-Y demographic.
Tom has unusually deep and wide knowledge in all aspects of market research including advanced multivariate statistical analysis, data and text mining. Through his career he has consulted to dozens of fortune 500 companies and major marketing research suppliers and ad agencies.
He earned his BS in Marketing and MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, in Marketing, Finance and International Business from the University of Connecticut where he is a frequent guest speaker in graduate level marketing research and data-mining courses. He attained his Master of Economics with honors from Lund University, Sweden. During his thesis work he consulted for several joint ventures in Shanghai, China.
He is a frequent speaker at marketing and analytics conferences and several of his articles and methodological approaches have been published in trade journals as well as decision science text books including: Business Research Methods 10e , McGraw-Hill © 2008, and Qualitative Market Research – Approaches and Applications IFCAI Books/IFCAI University Press © 2007.
- Lunds Universitet, University of Connecticut