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October 29, 2015

Apple's iphone juggernaut rolls on, contributing 63% of its $234 billion revenue


Apple delivers Yet another Blockbuster Quarter
1)Apple stunned Wall street as it continued to show robust earnings quarter after quarter as it exceeded expectations in Q4, as its net income totaled $11.12 billion, up from $8.47 billion in the year-ago period with profits rising 31%. Not only that Apple also managed to increase

2)It also managed to increase the  iPhone’s average selling price during the quarter to $670, compared with $662 last quarter, at a time when smartphone prices  have seen crashing over the last 6 months.

3)Apple's gross margin was 39% compared to 38% in the year-ago quarter.Gross margin is a closely watched measure of profitability. It sold 48.04 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter. Once again the iPhone was instrumental in Apples success which accounted 63% of revenue in this quarter

4)Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion.In 2014, during the  quarter Apple sold a record 74.46 million iPhones.

5)The biggest news was that Apple was growing at the expense of Google's android.Apple's CEO announced that 30% of consumers who bought an iPhone replaced a smartphone running Google Inc.'s Android operating system during the quarter. He said this is the highest rate of Android "switchers" that Apple has ever measured. This is the first time " Android has seen" such a switch to iOS OS according to Apple

6)International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple said its quarterly profit rose 31%, sparked by strong demand for iPhones in China.Sales to Greater China, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, rose 99% to $12.5 billion.

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October 28, 2015

start ups by US states and industry




"start up in US by states"

The Chart shows Decline in start ups in US


" which state in US has the highest start ups"

 Growth in "start ups" by US states and Industry .Only the  Fintech industry recorded a  growth in start ups by over 5%. While services, wholesale, manufacturing and transportation and logistics recorded negative growth rates

top 20 global billion dollar ecommerce start ups by valuation

These are the top 20 global ecommerce start ups

Billion dollar ecommerce start ups h
"VC invested billion dollar ecommerce start ups"

" biggest ecommerce start ups by valuation"

source : WSJ

list of ecommerce start ups with valution above  1billion USD

The billion dollar ecommerce start ups is led by Indian Start up Flipkart which is valued at 15billion USD.The chinese group company Meituan  ranks second with a valuation of 7billion USD which is a group-buying website specializing in localized consumer services. Snapdeal another indian ecommerce start up  ranks third with a valuation of 5billion USD

Luxemberg based Global Fashion online ranks 4th, valued at $3.4billion. Chinese based online  apparel brand VANCL ranks 5th and is valued at $3billion.

Fanatics, based out of jacksonville, Florida is an online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise ( which was acquired by Kynetic ranks 6th and is valued at $3billion

Highest Paid CEO's compared with their 1 year shareholder return to investors

These are the top 10 highest paid Chief Executive Officers

" shareholding return by highest paid CEOs
CEO compensation vs shareholder return

Top 10 CEO compensation ranked by Shareholder Returns


While compensation levels of CEO's have skyrocketed.. so have the attrition rate . The average stay of Fortune 500 CEO's have today come down to an average of less than 3 years compared to 5 years a decade ago. This chart published by Wall Street Journal compares the compensation of top 10 executives versus the shareholder return in the last one year.

Only 4 companies  General Electric ,Liberty Global , Aetna and Estee Launder managed to deliver a whooping more than 100% return , with GE and Liberty global delivering 250% shareholder return

Oracle's Larry Ellison and  Iger Roberts of Walt Disney have their shareholders a negative return of -18% and -8%