All posts filed under: Madhav Ramesh

NFL vs. NBA: The Duel for the Highly Profitable Global Market

By: Madhav Ramesh The vision of the American family that congregates around the plasma television watching Sunday night football is becoming nonexistent. With this vision slowly fading away, there has been a rise in popularity of other sports leagues, particularly the National Basketball Association (NBA). The avid football fan might be outraged by that statement.  However, empirical data definitely proves this assertion. According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of self-identifying adult football fans have dipped 10 percentage points, from 67% in 2012 to 57% in 2017. Whereas, other sports either kept a constant fanbase or have actually increased their viewers. In addition, another Gallup poll found that the Republican voters, who originally had the highest percentage of professional football viewers amongst those affiliated with major political parties, decreased from 70% in 2012 to 55% in 2017. This decrease is not a random coincidence. Much of the fault lies in the league’s lackluster effort to expand its market. However, there are some other issues that may be attributed to the cause of this decline. The rise …

Dream to Reality: The Monetization of Autonomous Cars

By: Madhav Ramesh What are the benefits to autonomous vehicles and how are companies going to make money from these new inventions? Autonomous cars are no longer a fantasy. Analysts expect a massive boom in the autonomous vehicle industry in the near future, but before that can happen, certain pressing questions need to be addressed.  Can we trust the safety of these cars? How will the introduction of autonomous vehicles shape the economic landscape, and how do we eventually deal with potential disruption in multiple transportation related industries? And how can the developers of the technology, specifically Google, monetize their research? The self-driving car trend has some encouraging statistics but some overwhelmingly negative qualities as well. According to Intel and the Strategy Analytics research firm, the large scale adaptation of autonomous piloting technology could boost the global economy by as much as seven trillion dollars. However, autonomous vehicles could also force about five million truck and taxi drivers out of a job in the United States alone . One of the main obstacles of self-driving cars …

Can Google’s Pixel phones succeed? Insights into Google’s Entry into the Cell Phone Business

Google has just released the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL cell phones. Google’s aim is to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple. Can Google succeed in entering the competitive marketplace of cell phones despite their prior failures? Has Google found the blueprint to success or simply repeating the same mistakes?