Author Archives: karan Mehta

Secret Sauce for M&A Success

Big Merger & Acquisitions are ubiquitous even in times of economic difficulties. Be it the acquisition of Wyeth by Pfizer Inc for $ 64.5 Billion or Rio Tinto’s acquisition by the Australian mining behemoth, BHP Billiton for $58 billion, M&A deals are part and parcel of the corporate strategy to grow at breakneck pace as companies look to grow inorganically. Almost 60% of all M&A’s fail. Here in this article, I try to dig deep to understand the reasons behind such a high failure rate and unearth the main factors required for an M&A to succeed. Read the rest of this entry

Tata Nano: Setting itself, but not the markets, alight

Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world, was supposed to take the world by storm but it has not lived up to the expectations because of a plethora of reasons. In this article, I would try to conduct an autopsy to unearth the reasons behind the failure and possible solutions.
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The Curious Case of Apple and the iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S, Why not iPhone 5?

This is exactly the question millions are asking after analysing the product and the new advertisement. Apple’s product launches have always been eagerly anticipated but this one produced more frustration than amazement. The new phone carries a dual core A5 chip capable of 7 times faster graphics than A4, a new voice recognition system “Siri”, icloud and an improved camera with improved video capabilities. Although it lacks the “Wow” factor that one normally associates with Apple products but from the marketing and branding point of view, it has enough changes to carry the new brand iPhone 5. Read the rest of this entry