NEIL SISKIND POETRY

Pure Opposition Is Our Political Position
by Neil S. Siskind


Oppose, my dear colleague- oppose, oppose-
before we say “yes”, a thousand “noes”!
Each day a new colleague a friend or a foe.
I’ll trade vote for vote, in the end, I suppose-
and this is the way that our flawed system goes.

Oppose, my dear colleague, for opposition’s sake-
even if it means that your outrage is fake,
it’s no matter at all if it’s a sensible bill,
it matters not even the law could shed light-
we’ll oppose it, or they will look good in this fight!

And on, and on, well oppose on each vote,
for a political cause we’ll build an ethical moat,
we’ll make it look good with a “patriot” pitch,
we’ll say what we can to get the ball in our court,
it’s all how you pander to get the support.

To get what we want we’ll wrap ourselves in the flag
and leave our constituents holding the bag.
Oppose their new bill that could save many lives,
it’s hardly about what is good for us all-
it matters the most we’re not blamed for a fall.

Oppose the position, oppose or you’ll see,
the purse that you need comes with strings- nothing’s free.
Oppose the new bill- I request your support,
you’ll do what is best for the result that we seek-
remember- your own bill gets voted next week!

Oppose as the elephant’s pocket just grows,
and as the mind of the donkey continues to close,
we’ll control all the people with “It’s us versus them”,
on both sides, useful lies in the stories we chose-
with the tales of the donkey- grows the elephant’s nose.

Oppose, oppose- fight every stage:
if they oppose right to life- we’ll fight minimum wage,
if they propose legislation, we’ll decline if need be;
it’s all for the donors that fund our campaigns-
ha!- the voters believe we do it all in their names.

Negotiate to get our votes and our vetoes,
oppose our new taxes- we’ll oppose their torpedoes.
Let’s make a good deal so both sides can save face.
We have to go home with a result we can sell-
so we can say, “We opposed!”…as it all goes to hell.

 

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Branding: What’s The Purpose Of A Slogan? By NEIL S. SISKIND

What is the purpose of a company slogan? The purpose is to get consumers to buy a product; or, at the very least, to get consumers to think about or connect with a product or brand, and, ultimately, consume it.

Lately, I’ve been seeing company slogans that I don’t understand. They are posed as questions:

Stoufers: What are you hungry for?

Capital One: What’s in your wallet?

Mazda: What do you drive?

Is the respective question supposed to motivate us to buy the respective company’s product? Are we supposed to be motivated by the respective question to start contemplating purchasing the respective product?

When Capital One (through Samuel L. Jackson) asks me, “What’s in your wallet?”, there are many answers: My license; my Amex; my health insurance card. But nothing in the question makes me say to myself, “I should get a Capital One card.”.

A slogan has a limited amount of time to convey a message or to emotionally connect a brand or product with a viewer. It should inspire action (buying). It should not be a wasted opportunity.

Nike’s “Just do it” slogan is one of the most famous slogans of all time. It inspires action. It invigorates. Arguably- it makes one think of Nike in the vein of energy and strength.

When Mazda asks me, “What do you drive?”, my answer is not, “I wish it could be a Mazda“. While a lot of cars run (or drive) through my mind- a beautiful, sexy Mazda is not one of them. I think Mazda’s slogan should be more like: “Have you looked at Mazda? You would be very, very surprised.”. Now, that could potentially make me think about looking at a Mazda. Stoufers would be better off with a slogan like: “Feeding America for 100 years- there’s a reason for it.”. To that, I might say, “Hmm, good point.”.

A slogan is a company message that has a brief moment to try to connect a viewer with a product or brand. I’m not sure that asking a vague question like, “What is in your wallet?” uses that brief opportunity wisely.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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The Secret U.S. Economy- By NEIL S. SISKIND

The secret U.S. economy – which could bring down the entire U.S. economy and the stock market- is the Main Street retail economy. It’s the economy that financial analysts don’t consider or discuss when they evaluate and raise earnings expectations, and it’s the economy that financial television ignores when commenting on stock market indices. When Amazon or Starbucks opens a new store in Manhattan or China, it makes international news and circulates in the news feeds all day long- but when sixteen delicatessens and sporting goods stores from Cleveland to Orlando shut their mom and pop doors after 30 years in business, there’s not a word about it from the national media, even though it means job losses, real estate vacancies, retail support-service revenue losses, and losses for wholesalers to these stores.

From pizza shops to hardware stores, from liquor stores to clothing stores, from sign stores to cleaning companies- large companies have decimated Main Street jobs.

The people who get new jobs in large companies have to work more and make less. For example, a hardware store employee or owner who wants to stay in the hardware industry has to go work at Home Depot at a low wage and long hours.

This is why the jobs are there- but the wages stink. The data speaks for itself.

The FANGs, plus Apple, plus national retailers, including Home Depot and Walmart, are cleaning Main Street’s collective clock. These companies’ scale, national reach, and worldwide reach, with their big selections and lowest prices, can not be competed with by small, local businesses. The scale of technology is too powerful.

This is why Wall Street calls for growth; the analysts are looking at public company reports and have no understanding of the small business down their own block. They don’t look at the local picture-framing store (whose revenues are down because of digital pictures on cell phones) or the local car wash (whose revenues are down because of Uber and people doing less driving). These companies need far more than tax cuts to survive.

Beware of analysts and investment banks and their “ivory tower” views of what is going on in the real world. Is Amazon replacing the wage of every owner and every employee of every bookstore and every sportswear store that closes on a Main Street somewhere? I think not. Is the fifty year-old woman who lost her job at a local bookstore interested in working in an Amazon warehouse? Is there even one nearby? Or is she qualified for an Amazon corporate job if she wanted one? Where does she go next?

Lack of opportunities and of chances for upward mobility in local economies (and local opioid problems across places like New Jersey, Florida, and all of New England, related, in part, to the lack of stimulating work and career options) is a much bigger issue for the national economy and the stock market than is being understood or acknowledged.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Jim Cramer Says To “Buy” No Matter What

Jim Cramer says that there is a “stock shortage” and to buy on every single dip for quite some time. Let’s check back in in 30 and 60 days to see if this has been sound advice.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Some Tax Law Realities

Small companies will not get more customers and more pricing power. Technology and Amazon are still the main structural changes to pricing power.

Large companies will grow larger as they reinvest in their technologies.

So, if a company wants to sell movies online, it still will not be able to compete with Netflix even if its taxes are lower. If a company wants to build-up its online store, it still will not be able to compete with Amazon.

As the result, large companies may hire more and help in the wage growth department. Yet, all of the other factors depressing wages and small business still exist.

Here is a quick example of things:

Snapchat is extraordinarily inventive. Yet, Facebook keeps ripping-off its ideas. Lower taxes for Snap (Snapchat’s owner) will not help Snapchat compete better and it will not hire more people. Lower taxes will not get Facebook to stop ripping it off.

Here’s another example. Joe’s Hardware store (a made-up company) will not be able to better compete with Home Depot because Joe’s now will have lower taxes.

The tax law will help the big companies get bigger and will barely help those companies already being challenged by the new economy and its favoring of large companies.

Targeted tax cuts may have been a better idea- ones that benefit small businesses to help them compete in this “Amazon” and national-company-favored environment. In this case, more businesses could survive and hire more people in their respective communities. This could help with pricing power, employment, and wages.

What works for the overall economy is the goal. If businesses grow- and hire- then it is a good thing. But small businesses offer better job growth, better opportunities, upward mobility and wages, and a better quality of life than large companies. For example, an owner of a clothing boutique would have more creative license, opportunity, and income potential by building that business then that same person will have working 40 miles from her home in an Amazon warehouse, where she will make less money. Or a hardware store owner has more incentive and will work harder for himself than he will for a local Home Depot where he has no stake. As an owner of a good business he will make more money than working in a mass market retailer’s local store.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Is Snap Getting Acquired? By NEIL SISKIND

As I’ve always said, Snap doesn’t need to beat Facebook (or Instagram), it only needs to grow Snapchat’s services for, and its revenues and profits from, its young users. It’s not a contest with Facebook, despite the media’s insistence on portraying it as a Facebook vs. Snapchat showdown, and its generally irrationally-negative storylines for Snap and Snapchat[1]. The multitude of articles by journalists and comments by analysts have been off-target with regard to Snap’s value to investors. For example, user-growth has become a financial industry obsession for social media. But, as a content marketing tool, a social media platform’s existing users and their regular engagement on the platform is far more important. Whether Snapchat adds users every month, or even whether Snap turns a profit in 1 or 3 years, is not of paramount importance. As an asset for a large media company, which, by virtue of buying Snap, would become the exclusive marketer of content and products and services to over 180M people every day (mostly under 25), all in one place, Snapchat is invaluable.

Consider that two of the most watched television programs of all time were Super Bowl XLIX, with 114M viewers, and the final episode of M*A*S*H, with 105M viewers. Snapchat has nearly 200M “daily” users (that is “everyday”, as opposed to “one single” TV show episode) to whom a corporate owner can advertise all of its content and products, without time, content, or format limitations, daily, for no cost(of course, the purchase price of the company would be a large one-time cost for the ability to have such unfettered and exclusive marketing to this viewership, but, the lifetime value of such unfettered, unlimited, unrestricted daily access to this audience/consumer base may be enormous in comparison to the cost to acquire it). Consider what it costs for a company to advertise for just 30 seconds during the Super Bowl. By owning a social media platform of Snapchat’s size, an acquirer could not only advertise all day, every day, to hundreds of millions of young people- but could also actually distribute content and sell related product to almost 200M viewers and consumers every day, with no advertising expense.

Going forward, entertainment content will be delivered to audiences digitally and 100% over the Internet, including through social media. Any content provider that lacks control of its own content outlets- including its own social media outlets- will be paying, for a lifetime, for access to someone else’s. Why would a large company seeking a way to market, advertise, and sell content and products through a global social media company want to to pay Instagram’s fees for the rest of its corporate life, rather than own its own global social media company.

Snapchat has extraordinary value as an asset for a larger media company (or larger technology company with media aspirations) in this media merger environment, where companies are desperately seeking large numbers of young viewers and where companies are desperately seeking to broadcast their content and sell their products direct-to-consumers (and provide more interactive and unique experiences through augmented reality and artificial intelligence).

If Snap is purchased for Snapchat’s loyal and young daily users, and for how that audience can be tapped for the marketing and sale of content and services exclusively by one large company, and for its augmented reality and artitifical intelligence tools and capabilities, then the only way Snap’s and Snapchat’s values can be calculated is by determining the value of an acquiring company’s exclusive, constant, and free access to the the hundreds of millions of daily, young Snapchat-users over a determined time period, and its adoption of Snap’s technologies to improve its existing products. In other words, it is impossible for anyone to know Snap’s and Snapchat’s values at this stage, except by evaluating Snapchat as a marketing and sales tool (and as a content-enhancing technology provider) for a specific acquirer.

CNBC regularly talks about augmented reality and about Facebook’s need for more young users, and about old media seeking its own direct-to-audience distribution outlets. CNBC’s anchors and guests even constantly talk about Twitter stock. But they almost never include Snapchat in the conversations. And big media- CNBC and Jim Cramer, included- appear to have lined-up against it. CNBC and Cramer will rave when some huge food company buys some $10M artisan cookie maker, or when Intel buys some chip technology that has yet to even enter the marketplace, but will continue to dismiss- and degrade- a social media company and mass media content distributor such as Snapchat, with its nearly 200M daily active users and $600M plus in 2017 revenues. How is Snap not much more of a likely and worthy takeout target for a larger social media or old or new media company than a new flavor of soda or a potato chip is for Pepsi- especially in an environment where companies like Disney are doing all they can to distribute content direct to consumers, and where audiences are cutting cords and spending so much time on social media- including on Snapchat- which has a higher time spent on-site per-user than Instagram, and where augmented reality and artificial intelligence technologies are in high demand and are high-growth industries?

Think about this: If a large media company, like a Disney or a Viacom, announces that it is buying Snap and can alleviate Snap’s expenses by incorporating Snap’s product development and marketing expenses into such acquirer’s existing cost infrastructure- and will now use Snapchat as its exclusive social media company to market and sell its content, how would you feel about Snap then? How do you think the stock would react? Or- think about this: What if one day you wake up to read that Tencent has bought another 25% of Snap and is working to launch Snapchat into China and to make Snap its exclusive U.S. video game distributor. How would you feel about Snapthen? How do you think the stock would react?

Here are 7 potential acquisition scenarios that, in and of themselves, make Snap a must-own stock to me:

1. Tencent could acquire SnapTencent of China, the world’s largest Internet company by revenues, is seeking international expansion of its multitude of digital services, including international distribution of its proprietary media and video game content. Tencent owns 12% of Snap. As Tencent seeks to grow worldwide, Snapchat’s nearly 200M daily users, many of them younger (almost 60% of Snapchat-users are under 25), is a compelling asset for Tencent.

2. Facebook could acquire SnapFacebook and Instagram need younger audiences. Snapchat has a younger audience than both Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, Facebook can not get into China. If it wants access to China, it will need a partner like Tencent, a 12% owner of Snap. Moreover, Snap appears to be far ahead of Facebook in its augmented reality and artificial intelligence capabilities.

3. An “old media” company desiring to instantly modernize its content and distribution could buy Snap: Old media companies, like Viacom and Disney, need direct-to- consumer distribution. Snap does not need to be profitable for Snapchat to be a powerful vehicle for a large media company to reach large and young online audiences. Snap’s costs can be absorbed by a larger company’s infrastructure and cost structure to significantly lessen its losses.

4. Having exclusive ownership of the only available, large, multidimensional, social media company could be incentive to buy SnapTwitter and Snap are the only companies that a larger company can buy if it wants to own a social media company that will have relevance in the broader marketplace. No other social media company will ever exist (outside of China) in a Facebook world. Snap and Twitter have made it this far against great odds. Any company that wants its very own social media presence for distribution of content and/or products must buy Snap or Twitter. Snap is more of a mass media content and multi-services developer, and third-party content broadcaster, than TwitterSnapchat will be, more and more, an online entertainment and lifestyle service (including a video-gaming company, through the help of Tencent).

5. A major retailer could buy Snap: Target or Walmart could buy Snap for the purpose of keeping their names in the mix of young shoppers while advertising their stores- and everything inside of them- on their own proprietary social media platform. It would be like having their own Facebook- with access to the Chinese consumer through Tencent.

6. Any one of Snap’s individual products and services hold value for which it could be acquired: Any one aspect of Snapchat can make Snap valuable to an acquirer: It’s advanced and popular augmented reality tools; it’s young demographic; it’s 180M-plus daily active users; its social media category; or Snap’s relationship with Tencent.

7. Snap could be acquired just for its proven product development talent: Evan Spiegel is a genius digital product developer who doesn’t need to steal ideas from other social media companies. But they steal his ideas regularly. Snap’s talent, alone, is a great asset for a larger company seeking to grow social media services for the purpose of delivering its own content and products.

Of course, there are many more reasons to own Snap stock (related to commerce and entertainment). Just on fees alone for service referrals to Tencent’s multitude of digital services (including video downloads, online gaming, digital payments), or just by getting into the Chinese Internet market (unlike Facebook) through Tencent, or because of its advanced augmented reality and artificial intelligence capabilities to enhance a company’s existing content, Snap can be a home run. In terms of Facebookcompetition, Snap needs just one innovation or one exclusively licensed product where Facebook can not compete and it can be an instantaneous game-changer. Tencentcould provide Snap with exclusive access to any of its popular or newly-developed video game or entertainment properties. The acquisition scenario is the minimum and default reason to own Snap stock.

The risk is February’s revenue growth being lower than expected, or there being any loss of users or any lessening of the average time spent on the site by existing users. A widening of losses, if the aforesaid metrics are positive, is not as vital a metric under an acquisition analysis. No company would be buying Snap for its profit picture … or they will be waiting a very long time to make their play. Any acquirer would, itself, help to alleviate the earnings bleeding, or make the profit outlook an unimportant issue.

If chatter about the acquisition of Snap begins, we will see the stock of Snap … crackle and pop!

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  1. For example, a publication called TechCrunch wrote that “talent is trickling out of Snap”, simply because one guy left (who by his own account, is simply a serial entrepreneur who craves new horizons). But the article fails to remind readers of how Snap has access to not only Evan Spiegel and his group of developers who are so good that they are serially knocked-off by Facebook and Instagram, but also to the talent of the largest Internet company on earth, by revenues, Tencent. I’m not sure that one guy who was with the company for less than a year is the difference for Snap.

 

endnote

  1. I have, herein, differentiated Snap, Inc., the company, from Snapchat, the service.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Yelp, TripAdvisor, And A Lesson In Decency In The Modern Era

We ate at a restaurant last night. The website and reviews looked good. But the service was terrible. The linguine vongole was too salty to even eat, the wine was bitter, and everything about it was “off”. It was quite a disappointment; and it was expensive.

Am I going to run home to hurt people and their business, and put their employees’ jobs at risk, and do what I can to disgrace people and their livelihoods by writing my negative opinions on Yelp and on TripAdvisor, and on all these other chat-rooms disguised as legitimate corporate entities? Am I so selfish, cruel, and self-centered to attack someone’s business in public???

Certainly not. I would not have done so “by mouth” in a public venue in 1995- and I will not do so “by typing” in 2017- because I have respect for people, respect for hard-working people- and respect for myself … and something called compassion. It’s all in how you were raised.

In my experience, people who do these selfish, often vicious, and self-centered things do not go far in life. Other people can sense who they are dealing with when they interact with such people. It’s a spiritual defect that can be detected by others, sooner or later. People have lost all sense of right and wrong when it comes to technology- and their moral compasses have been smashed to pieces. I often read the most vicious and needlessly hurtful things online.

If this restaurant succeeds or fails is of no concern to me. If it fails, I will understand why. If it succeeds, then the masses disagree with my taste. A truly decent person will keep his or her mouth shut and hope that the restaurant figures it out- rather than attack it in public. But, a truly indecent person will choose the negative response and walk through life attacking others- often while achieving nothing themselves.

Cruelty and thoughtlessness are not necessary.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Neil Siskind: Poetry

A Truth Of Life
By: Neil S. Siskind

The life in wait of fair and right,
is life not lived in truthful light,
is life that’s lived in dark of night,
and life that’s blind, unblessed with sight.
Insist and wait for right and fair,
the sole and only one to care,
with pride inside, you’d bravely dare,
but long you’d wait- with no one there.

FANG- Don’t Fear the Tax Tail- by NEIL SISKIND

Analysts are suggesting that due to the tax plan, consumer product companies (among others) may benefit more than technology, because of the greater tax benefits.

But there is an old saying: “Don’t let the tax tail wag the dog.”

Tax cuts, alone, will not help companies that have been struggling with margins, with distribution, and with Amazon.

In fact, Apple, Amazon, and Netflix are consumer product companies.

There is no reason to move from the largest, most successful technology company stocks into consumer staples (unless it is for defensive purposes). Even if consumer product company earnings look better (only) because of tax cuts, Apple, Amazon, and Netflix will still be the largest and fastest growing consumer product companies.

Achieving good revenues, margins, and profits for businesses is always better than showing greater earnings due to lower taxes or other accounting reasons- especially if revenues and margins are unimpressive. Investing in the former is a far better idea.

So, don’t focus on the dog’s tax tail … watch his other end… the FANGs.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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A Brick & Mortar Holiday- by NEIL S. SISKIND

Are brick and mortar retail sales as popular as online shopping- for gifts only? When it comes to gifts, people want to be sure they get it right – and they have little time to get it wrong. Conversely, on a typical April day, when shopping just for yourself, you know what you like, what looks good on you- and, you have time to return it.

So maybe for the Christmas holidays, when everyone is crammed for time, and when shoppers are buying for many different people, brick & mortar will be the way to go. It may mean little more than that when evaluating brick & mortar sales this month.

Good brick & mortar retail sales sales may be only a Christmas time phenomenon.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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