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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

China is buying up American companies fast

China is buying up American companies fast, and it's freaking people out - Business Insider

Wow - A Chinese company is going to buy Ingram Micro! Total deals announced this year are $81 Billion dollars. The previous period was $11 Billion. Ingram Micro is part of Ingram Industries, which includes Ingram Content Group. I wonder if this would be part of the deal? Ingram is the largest book distributor in the US, but Amazon has taken away a lot of their business.

Some questions:

  • So what has changed? Why are Chinese companies buying more businesses outside of China? 
  • Why is the Chinese government supporting this?
  • Can Chinese companies successfully manage a non-Chinese workforce? In the US, the Japanese bought a lot of US companies and often this was a failure. Culture is a huge issue when doing a successful acquisition. Cisco is one of the few companies I know that has been successful in acquisitions.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If You Major in STEM, it Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College

I am surprised by this.

I wonder, if the percentage of people actually working in Stem varies depending on the college?

Or is it mid-tier have as good, or actually better Stem programs?

Disclaimer - I am a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, which is a huge source of Engineering graduates, but in most measurements would be a mid-tier at best college overall. In Engineering, it's one of the top ones.

If You Major in STEM, it Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College - The American Interest

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