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Cost cut your way to glory
So private equity firm Blackstone is taking control of the floundering Thomson Reuters in a $20B deal.
It’s interesting to read stories about the deal and TR’s issues. In almost all of them, there is a clear lack of ownership by TR for its challenges. (The below is from Reuters.)
Instead of blaming a lack of innovation in the product and business model, they blame it on customers. That’s healthy.
Of course, the way to solve this innovation challenge is by really really really good cost cutting. This certainly looks promising for both TR and the company’s customers.
When you need closure
It’s tough out there for a startup. After analyzing over 100 startup failure post-mortems, we’ve learned there is rarely one reason for a single startup’s failure, so we broke down the top 20 reasons.
A lot of innovations — like Amazon, blockchain, and bitcoin — were initially smack-talked and dismissed by big corporate execs. Open mouth, insert foot.
Thomson Reuters — bye bye platform
Thomson Reuters’ new overlords at Blackstone have also indicated a shift away from the desktop platform Eikon in favor of data feeds.
It’s probably a logical shift, albeit surprising to see the announcement right out of the gates given the investment TR has made in Eikon over the years in its continuous battle with Bloomberg. Feeds is also a highly competitive area.
Blackstone President Tony James made his view of the desktop biz pretty clear, stating:
If you are an Eikon customer or engineer working on the platform, this must not be very reassuring.
BTW, if you’re an amazing engineer or data scientist who is working at TR on the Eikon product who doesn’t want to be part of a legacy business, we’re hiring engineers (lots of them) to join our amazing team. Data engineers, data scientists, full-stack, front-end — you name it.