Verisign: A Case Study in Great Businesses

Verisign (“VRSN”):  The quarterly update from VRSN is so enjoyable.  It takes so little mental effort to realize that this is a great business.  Additionally, each quarter, you realize how much heavy lifting is being done for you by the...

Facebook’s User Network and User Data

Facebook’s strengths rest in two very distinct areas: the user network and user data. If you want to determine whether Facebook is healthy, you need to ignore the headlines and focus on these two aspects. Is the user network still intact? Is the user data still...

Update on Match and Tinder

When I first wrote about Tinder’s parent company, Match, I believed there were two risks. I know I made a mistake with the first risk, and I believe there are lessons to be learned from both risks I identified. First, Tinder operates a freemium network user business...

Burgers, Fries and Shakes

Shake Shack (“Shak”) is a burger joint that is much more than a burger joint. It’s tough to describe if you haven’t eaten there. At the end of 2018, Shak will have about 123 domestic (U.S.) company-owned locations and about 85 Licensed Shacks (the majority of the...

VRSN Follow-Up

VRSN reported their quarterly results last night with a brief 30 minute conference call (you could also read the transcript in about half that time).  The remarkable thing about VRSN is really how unremarkable it is. The business is highly focused on managing the .com...