Morning Report

What you need to know one minute before daylight
June 23, 2017
Lake Tahoe Daylight

Entrepreneurial Filmmaker, WhistlePig Whiskey Up for Sale, Grizzly Adams Smiles, Member Download on Phone, Rethinking Gawker

Good Friday Morning,   Daylight – Tonight is the Night – 42nd anniversary of the movie that created summer blockbusters: “Jaws.” The 1975 film quickly became...
June 22, 2017
Scotland Sunrise

2 Chainz Came By, George Clooney Sells Tequila Biz, Floaters for Uber Job, Brand Like Dr. J

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – Uber board floats top three names for the role of hired CEO: newly available Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Mark Fields (Ford)...
June 21, 2017
Morning in Sacramento, Calif.

Scoop on How Board Fired Uber Founder, Soundtrack Entrepreneurs, Instagram Beast, Punch Bowl Social, Crisis Business Model Works

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – The scoop on how Uber’s board finally claimed Travis Kalanick’s job. Five major investors demanded in a letter to Mr....
June 20, 2017
Lunar Lake Daylight

Shake and Bake or Shotgun Deal, BrideClick Buys ModeMedia, Love at First Sight, Vice Media Secures $450 Million

Good Tuesday Morning,   Daylight – Shake and Bake – Last week, I mentioned a Swapping Spit deal, where basically two bad companies begrudgingly hook up...
June 19, 2017
Cosmiques Ridge Daylight

Airbnb Hosts Revolt, Sugarcoat New Shake Shack, Missing Flounder and Slack Deal

Good Monday Morning,   Daylight – When the Fire Goes Out, Deals Get Done – A motivated buyer, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and a ready-seller, Whole...
June 16, 2017
Summer Sunrise in South Dakota

Amazon Buys Whole Foods, How Shake Shack is No Flash in the Pan, Bye to Butterfingers, Lululemon Bets Big on Men, Monterey Music Festival Today

Good Friday Morning. Amazon buys Whole Foods in $14 billion-dollar deal. That’s over.    Daylight – Wouldn’t you know – two members requested customized Morning Reports...
June 15, 2017
Morning Male Coqui Frog

Via Morning Glory, Amazon Looks at Slack, J. Crew Cuts Cute Deal, Mary’s Lion Becomes a Little Lamb, Swapping Spit

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – Sorry, this is coming out late this morning. Back from New York – now on to South Carolina and Nashville-trip...
June 14, 2017
Moroccan Sunrise

Keeping Score, LexisNexis Buys Ravel Law, New Pirate After 40, True Food’s Yoga Class and Restaurants’ New 9 to 5 – Shared Office Space

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – Of course, I am keeping score. The NYTimes reported late yesterday afternoon with huge headlines that Uber’s founder was taking...
June 13, 2017
Sydney Sunrise

Dark and Stormy Fast Growth, Watch Equidate Private Co. Trading Platform, Dropping the H Bomb at Lunch

Good Tuesday Morning,   Daylight – Put It This Way – I’m glad I wasn’t there, a seven-hour board meeting at Uber HQs this past Sunday...
June 12, 2017
Summer Daylight in Iceland

Three Wonder Women in One Weekend, WeWork Buys Fieldlens, Gucci Walks on Gloss and FANG Bites Back

Good Monday Morning,   Daylight – Other than Uber’s board deciding (done deal) to impose a three-month CEO leave-of-absence for Travis Kalanick, it was all sports...
June 9, 2017
Denali at Daylight

“Clear the Room” May Day in UK, Sirius Seeks Pandora, Digital Pharmacist Raises $6.5 Million

Good Friday Morning,   Daylight – From the Comey testimony, there is only one lesson – “clear the room” whenever you want to discuss something confidential....
June 8, 2017
Morning in Manarola

Bet On This Tweet, Joe’s Crab Shack Files Chapter 11, Chewse Raises $7.3 Million and Trump Praises Member’s Business

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – This morning, I would make this bet: Trump tweets live during James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. With...
June 7, 2017
Idaho Mornings

Uber’s HR Alcatraz, Dos Equis Dumps Most Interesting Man, UNTUCKit Raises $30 Million and Two New Members Prove 80/20 Rule

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t annex Alcatraz today. Hitting rock bottom, Uber at 2 p.m. in its San...
June 6, 2017
Key West Daylight

Fashion Entrepreneur Sounds the Bullhorn at J. Crew, Trump Starts 3-Star Hotel, $1 Billion Hostage Deal and Accenture Buys LabAnswer

Good Tuesday Morning,   Daylight – The Merchant Prince Leaves the Building in Big News – Retailer J. Crew, replacing fashion legend Mickey Drexler, named James...
June 5, 2017
Tuscany, Italy Sunrise

Rock and Roll Marathon Series Sold, Cattle Contractor Buys Pearl Harbor, Walmart Tests Employee Delivery, Greenlight Debit Card for Kids

Good Monday Morning,   Daylight – This morning in San Jose, Calif., Apple will show off its latest software and hardware, including Macs and iPads, at...
June 2, 2017
Tuolumne Meadows California Sunrise

Blue Apron Files IPO, WeWork on Buying Spree, Hotel California Lands in Eagles’ Legal Net, Stitch Fix Hires Goldman

Good Friday Morning,   Daylight – I am disappointed too, but it is not the end of the world yet. In fact, as soon as Trump...
June 1, 2017
Bodie, Calif. Morning Rainbow

In or Out, Jet Blue Boards by Facial Recognition, Wonder Woman Better Than You Think, NBA Finals Tonight, Snap Buys Drone Company for $1 Million

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – As far as big boy decisions go, set your phone alarms to 3 p.m. today – President Trump will tell...
May 31, 2017
Portland, Ore. Sunrise

Denny’s On Demand Grand Slam in Bed, BMW’s Robots Disco Dance on Assembly Line, Sprig Dies on the Vine and TiVo Lives Another Day

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – Lots of ambition, but execution is another matter for two big rollouts under the radar: BMW goes for first place...
May 30, 2017
Vernazza Village Sunrise

Grateful Dead Cult Strategy, Blink Health Blow Up, Uber Launches Trucker App, Ann Stallard Wins YWCA Award and Good Sportsmen Marketing Buys Bullseye

Good Tuesday Morning,   Daylight – If you are driving to work this morning and thinking about customers, watch the newly released Grateful Dead documentary, “Long...
May 25, 2017
Catalina Island Sunrise

Opendoor Instantly Buys Home, Odell Beckham Scores Largest Shoe Deal, Best Buy is High Again, Chef’d Raises $10 Million

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – Two big things today on the same spectrum – Amazon, in heart of the Manhattan publishing industry and walking distance...
May 24, 2017
Daylight in Nags Head, N.C.

Uber Rolls Over, Jack and Coke Still Friends – Not Corona, Howard Stern and Jamie Foxx Ignite Up a SIRIUS Classic

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – I had it out on the phone with the Uber brass at their HQs yesterday. I have been in their...
May 23, 2017
California State Route 1 Daylight

Manchester Madness is Music Pattern, Ford Fires Fields for All the Wrong Reasons, Americold is Hot Sale and Ringling Brothers Packs Up Tent Forever

Good Tuesday Morning,   Daylight – Last night’s appalling attack at the 21,000-seat arena, hosting Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester England, about 120 miles northwest of...
May 23, 2017
Ohio Sunrise

How Cloud Computing Won Preakness with Entrepreneurial Strategy, Lonnie Johnson Trending, VietAir’s Un-Marxist IPO Flies High

Good Monday Morning,   Daylight – Cloud Computing, a horse owned by a couple of hedge fund guys – you guessed it – in the tech...
May 19, 2017
Pragser Wildsee, Italy at Dawn

Mouths Wide Open at Google Conference, Deal Done at Ray’s, Lead with Revenue, Baby and Cheddar Pulls in $19 Million

Good Friday Morning,   Daylight – Google Grabs the Future – A lot of people are nervous in Silicon Valley this morning, and it is not...
May 18, 2017
Sunrise in Anniston, Ala.

Skip the Shiny Objects Syndrome, Sirius in Serious Talks to Acquire Pandora, ServiceNow Buys Qlue, Let’s Be Friends Better Than a Fight

Good Thursday Morning,   Daylight – Which is going to be more important for Entrepreneurs in the next six months – focus or the economy? I’d...
May 17, 2017
Bavaria Sunrise

ESPN Moves SportsCenter to Back Row, Buffett Lifts American, Sinks Delta, Netflix Dustup with France, ANT Moves IPO

Good Wednesday Morning,   Daylight – Trying to catch traction in a digital age and keep its position as the king of sports, ESPN unveiled yesterday...
May 17, 2017
Southern Alps Sunrise

Cyber Hell Scales, PBR chases NASCAR Brand for Fans, Sprint Starts Talks to Buy T-Mobile and Dyson Sucked into Battery Investment

Good Monday Morning,   Daylight – Don’t breeze by Friday’s “Katrina” of cyberattacks because it is not over. Another wave will hit this morning when employees...
May 12, 2017
Morning Sunshine in Holland

Snap’s Rose Garden Turns to Tall Weeds, RoboKiller, Sportdecals Re-acquired by Founders, Friendly Reminder

Good Friday Morning,   Daylight – Good luck on reading the tea leaves of this economy with the boom and bust of industries, depending on the...
May 11, 2017
Late Morning Liopetri, Cyprus Potamos Beach

Whole Foods Hell, Disaster in a Snap, Cockroach Labs Gets a Lift, Dropoff Picks $8.5 Million

Good Thursday Morning and two examples of what it looks like when the bottom falls out.   Daylight – With investors stomping on the floor and...
May 10, 2017
May Morning Snow in Montana

Trump Entrepreneurial Tricks or Team, Maple Joins Deliveroo, Delta’s Low Dive, G1 Goes IPO Show

Good Wednesday Morning. Charlie Brown and ‘Peanuts’ sold to DHX Media for $345 million.   Daylight – We all have heard that HR consulting cliché – Hire...