|Destroying stuff is good for profits|
Predatory Venture Capital firms swooping in, buying controlling interest in a viable credit-worthy firm, borrowing to the hilt against that firm's business, transferring those funds to the mother-ship and then jettisoning the husk of the formerly viable company is a key characteristic of our "financialized" economy.
Our economy doesn't invent and make stuff any more. We shuffle numbers between accounts.
So let's stop screwing around with the penny-ante companies and go BIG. Hostile take-overs of these huge companies would have been unthinkable until the Fed pumped the economy to the bursting point with liquidity. That money is analogous to packs of wolves looking for places to go.
The key attribute for a good take-over candidate are sticky customers, solid profits and a business model that is not critically dependent on a very small cadre of people.
My list, in order of preference, follows:
Very sticky customers. They would buy Apple-branded etch-a-sketch pads for $2000. Music streaming and cloud business is "sticky". Hardware can be farmed out and rebadged.
Sticky because of convenience. One-stop-shopping. Business model is inherently simple enough that loss of some personnel will not scuttle the business.
Sticky because of penetration with businesses and Big-Data that can be mined for the next decade even if they never gain another customer.
Business model is like a middle-Eastern bazaar. Maybe more potential to part-out the businesses than the others but the complexity makes Google(Alphabet) less desirable than the others.
Too many competitors. Do not touch with a ten-terrabyte pole.
All sizzle. No steak. Dies if Musk walks.