The World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos was a great experience.
I had the chance to be at the event for a couple of days.
Due to the fact, that the village is so small, you just bumb into very interesting people all the time. Here is my turn on “Davos Namedropping”:
I had great talks with Chad Hurley- Founder YouTube (See picture), Anne Wojcicki – co-founder 23andme, Shai Agassi – Founder of Project Better Place, Jacek Olechowski, John Osborn – CEO BBDO, Fernando Nilo, Joseph Kim – CEO VGX Pharmaceuticals, Neal Goldman – MD Uhuru.com, Rodrigo Baggio, Dr. Scannavino Netto, John Bryant, Fabio Bibancos, Kay Oberbeck – Google, Adam Bird – Senior VP Booz Allen Hamilton, Matthew Bishop – The Economist, Johann Koss – Right to Play, Lucas Pescarmona, Michael Wetzel – DW, Robert Walsh – LS9, Prof. Penninger and Keith Schwab – Cornell University.
The main issue for the attendees was “Is there a Recession?”. I like how Jeff Jarvis described it: “the Piano Bar index: It was said to be less crowded this year than in the past. Uh-oh, downturn. I’d characterize the mood as wishfully optimistic — they all wished to be optimistic.”
Steve Jobs just hold his MacWorld Key-Note. He presented a brand-new MacBook called MacBook Air – the thinnest notebook ever.
Furthermore he said that the iPhone was sold over 4 Million times since the launch 200 days ago – that’s 20.000 iPhones a day.
I think this is great news, or what do you think?
But what happened with the Apple stock?
Apple lost during the Key-Note of Steve Jobs over 10% market share.
See picture below:
Here is a good explanation I found online:
“Outside of last year, which was pretty special, the stock has typically moved up on rumor and down on news. It has followed this pattern as long as I can recall.
Folks are really setting themselves up for disappointment anymore with these things. Apple can’t meet everyone’s expectations and rumors.”
The german samwer brothers (Picture right: Oliiver Samwer) invested in Facebook.
Rumors say that they bought 0,3% of the company for 60 Mio USD. Due to the big currency gab between Euro and Dollar they “just” invested 40 Mio Euros.
The Samwer brothers will also be strategic partners to build up facebook in europe and especially in Germany.
Reuters says: “German Internet entrepeneurs, the Samwer Brothers, have become the latest new shareholders in social networking site Facebook, Alexander Samwer told Reuters on Tuesday. Samwer said the brothers had taken an undisclosed stake in the company and would now become their strategic partners in Europe.”
Blog by Monty C. M. Metzger *monty.de.