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Startups, Titans and the Reshaping of Global Competition

The dominant model of new business creation in the technology sector is morphing. From what had been a fairly linear progression from startup to public company we now a parallel track comprised of entrenched mega-companies like Alphabet, Amazon, Alibaba, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent that offer startups the acquisition option. Add to the mix robust valuations for both initial public offerings and acquisitions, intensifying global competition and a healthy dose of uncertainty caused by a trade war between the US and China, and we have the makings of a very lively second half of the year.

This article looks at the rebound of the IPO market, trends in big acquisitions, both in the US and around the world, and the basis of the trade dispute to help inform business planning in the second half of the year.

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What You Will Learn

  • Market trends in startup funding, IPOs, unicorns, and mega-acquisitions.
  • How value creation is shifting geographically, both within the US and across the globe.
  • How digital transformation in markets around the world is upping the ante for mega-companies and how they are responding to the challenges.
  • The roots of the trade tensions between the US and China and how they might influence value creation for years to come.

Meet the Author

Bruce Rayner is a contributor to SourceToday. For the past 30 years, he has been a keen observer of global business and technology trends with a focus on the electronics supply base and supply chain management. His experience includes staff editor at Harvard Business Review, Editorial Director of Electronics Business magazine and EBN, Director of Thought Leadership at IHS, and Vice President of Consulting and Market Research at Technology Forecasters.

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