“It’s been 2.5 days since the news first broke that Google (GOOG) was buying Motorola Mobility (MMI). There have been endless analyses about the deal,” Eric Jackson writes for Forbes.
“I agree with John Gruber that I think it’s most likely that Motorola put the screws to Google to make this deal happen. Carl Icahn first mused publicly about Motorola’s patents several weeks ago – obviously itchy for a deal,” Jackson writes. “CEO Sanjay Jha also touted Motorola’s patents on the last earnings call. Jha also made it clear publicly last week that Motorola was considering developing on the Windows 7 Phone OS. We now know that Motorola had been in discussions with Microsoft (MSFT) and Google for the last several weeks. Jha was obviously pushing for a full buyout of the company. It’s something Microsoft wasn’t willing to do but Google was.”
“I don’t believe for a second that Google will keep the handset or home business. If that is their plan, they are going to be deciding to turn their back on their partner ecosystem and becoming an end-to-end Apple clone in th mobile business. Maybe that’s what they believe and maybe they’re right. But, if so, their marketshare would drastically dwindle. I think they did the deal for the patents,” Jackson writes. “I expect Microsoft to outbid Google for the Motorola Mobility assets. I don’t think Google will keep Motorola. I think Microsoft will decide to trump them. I am expecting a higher offer in the coming days.
Jackson writes, “Larry Page is a 38 year old guy who’s never led anything before 6 months ago. He wasn’t even a community organizer before this. Academic research clearly shows that some of the riskiest strategic shifts for companies happen in a new CEO’s first year on the job. They want to put their mark on the place. They’re also much more self-confident than they probably deserve to be.”
Much more in the full article here.
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