Re: Why should I be worried about the merger? NOT

Subject: Re: Why should I be worried about the merger? NOT
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 21:14:53 -0400


I was onto the fact that a mature, publicly-held company with mature
products makes M&A decisions solely on a shareholder-value
proposition. It's based on building, destroying, or anything
in-between. I *might've* also implied it's juvenile to suppose
markets value Horatio Alger first.

But I might've also implied it's *convenient* to think so.

Only "conspiratorial wacko thinking" sees AdobeMedia as less than a
pure avatar of market magic -- but the magic doesn't play as well if
erasing competition by checkbook figures in the story.

Hence it *doesn't* figure, you wackos (how about a little fiat,
Scarecrow?).

Microsoft will purchase AdobeMedia, as soon as Adobe bats its eyes
and blushes. Or Sun will woo and marry. Not yet.

Consumers rightly love markets, but markets themselves despise
markets, and naturally seek to game or close them.

It all works out. Still, ascribing even a trace of abstract public
beneficence to a corporate market actor is absurd, dangerous, and
silly. IMO. ;)

LQ


Kathleen wrote:

Picture this instead:

Microsoft buys Adobe and Quadralay and ...

Adobe actually seems like a possibility. Each new version of Word seems
to attempt to incorporate more features of FM (in the process making
Word even unfriendlier than before). Course I can't say for the rest of
the programs, but if anyone could do it, they could.

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Lou Quillio wrote:

Howard Lebowitz wrote:

That means the barrier to entry for new products and new
options is based on market forces not government fiat.
There is no reason to assume Adobe, or any other company will spend
millions to acquire products with large market share just to kill them.

I don't know about 'assume', but it's as likely a motivation as any.

If Abobe were to somehow acquire a government monopoly concern there'd be plenty of folks insisting they gut it, as though that were the natural thing to do. :O

LQ



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