Viewsroom: Healthcare M&A, Climate change, Silicon Valley earnings

April 29, 2016

Abbott, AbbVie and Sanofi are each paying up for takeover partners, while protecting the planet could be the investment deal of the century. Plus: Facebook forges ahead while Apple ambles.

Cox: What Mark Zuckerberg could learn in Quebec

By Rob Cox
April 28, 2016

The founders of mini-mart leviathan Couche-Tard devised a clever way to balance supporters and detractors of dual-class stock by eliminating voting rights over time. The idea would suit Facebook and many others, if only bad tendencies fueled by ego could somehow be overcome.

Mark Zuckerberg raises philanthropic bar to 99 pct

By Rob Cox
December 1, 2015

It’s not disruption, but Facebook’s founder has built on The Giving Pledge championed by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Zuckerberg will give away nearly all his wealth, not half, in his lifetime. After moving fast and breaking things, he’s moving judiciously and learning things.

Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

By Rob Cox
October 28, 2014

Bilingual CEOs should be the norm, not fuel for the kind of media frenzy that greeted the Facebook founder’s Q&A in Mandarin last week. Learning a foreign language doesn’t just help conquer new markets. It fosters risk-taking and new thinking, and helps eliminate biases.

Zuckerberg’s Chinese chat leaves CEOs tongue-tied

October 24, 2014

The Facebook founder surprised and delighted a Beijing audience by answering questions in Mandarin. His linguistic skills probably won’t make the social network any more welcome in the People’s Republic. But other corporate chiefs could learn from his efforts to friend China.

Mini-me tech bubble is mere shadow of 2000 excess

May 5, 2014

The run-up may have paused, but dozens of companies are in line to float, hubris is rampant, oddball metrics abound, and revenue-free startups are still worth fortunes. Even nerd culture has become hip. The latest internet boom is as absurd as the last, but it’s far smaller.

Facebook IPO features best and worst of capitalism

May 18, 2012

Execrable hype accompanies the entrepreneurial achievement. Poor governance, Silicon Valley cronyism, breathless pundits spewing misinformation, manic investors and bankers in hoodies are all on display. Yet the genius of capitalism is precisely its ability to harness excess.

One reason for Facebook IPO mess: Zuck didn’t care

By Rob Cox
May 23, 2012

From the get-go, Mark Zuckerberg made clear he had little interest in welcoming public shareholders. His voting advantage codified the fact. A strong CEO can temper short-term urges elsewhere. But when he’s indifferent, it makes a failed process like Facebook’s more likely.

Fake exclusive: Zuckerberg memo to Facebook staff

By Rob Cox
June 1, 2012

The social network’s CEO will soon return from an Italian honeymoon to find his troops coping with the busted IPO. His message to them should be humble, yet ambitious: ignore the market, focus on the job and deliver. Breakingviews pens a first draft using Zuckerberg’s own words.

Facebook’s market meltdown is far from over

By Rob Cox
August 7, 2012

All the red flags apparent at the IPO - overpriced stock, shoddy governance, huge challenges to the business and a damaged brand - still fly today. The most shocking thing about the social network’s $50 bln conflagration of shareholder wealth is that anyone might be surprised.