Jeffrey Goldfarb is the U.S. Editor of Breakingviews. Based in New York, he coordinates coverage in the region, while frequently writing about Wall Street, private equity, M&A and the media and tech industries. Before becoming a columnist in 2007, he covered banking, mergers, international trade, healthcare and the internet for Reuters and BNA. From London, Jeffrey led the European corporate finance team for Reuters and coverage of the continent's media sector. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from The George Washington University. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @jgfarb
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Jim Koch’s tale of brewing Samuel Adams is refreshingly candid about battles with Budweiser, a controversial IPO and other troubles. Unlike many stale business books, “Quench Your Own Thirst” reads like a pub chat. Only Koch’s pride in bad governance leaves a bitter aftertaste.
The streaming service increased revenue by 80 pct last year to $2.1 bln. More than 80 cents of each dollar pay for songs, however. Even assuming generous growth and operating leverage, Spotify will need to do still more to merit a higher valuation than its latest of $8.5 bln.
The Japanese automaker’s deal with Uber and its German rival’s with Gett come after GM invested in Lyft and Fiat Chrysler hooked up with Google. Each can learn from the other, but the technologists see opportunity while the manufacturers have more to fear about their fate.
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