Tech & Media Watch Blog

By Eitan Yam | 25 April 2018

Centralizing the Decentralized Blockchain Concept

Blockchain technology involves the use of distributed ledgers and smart contracts. The technology has been making headlines for the past year. While partly due to the interest in Bitcoin, the pioneering digital currency, Blockchain’s many use cases creates its own excitement...

By Jakob Sand | 18 April 2018

Three Ways Blockchain Can Remedy Energy’s Emerging Broken Links

As I have previously written about, renewable energy is seeing a boom in technology-related M&A.Part of the reason is that renewable energy creates new challenges for utilities and energy companies. Blockchain technology could potentially remedy these challenges and in the...

By Jakob Sand | 11 April 2018

To ICO Or Not To ICO – That Is The (Tax) Question

Will blockchain and initial coin offerings – or ICOs for short – be so compelling a funding tool that venture capitalists need to start looking for something else to do?On the surface, it sounds like a ridiculous question. The messaging app provider Telegram would likely...

By Jakob Sand | 04 April 2018

BDO and Blockchain – How Blockchain Fits In The Future Of Our Services

BDO is working proactively with blockchain. We are looking at ways of developing new solutions and services, as well as augmenting existing ones, via blockchain and smart contracts. The goal is to add value to our clients’ business processes, drive innovation, boost efficiency...

By Jakob Sand | 08 March 2018

BDO Analysis: Will Amazon’s Alexa Be The One To Control Your Home?

Amazon just put down $1 billion and acquired smart doorbell-maker Ring. That may sound like a lot of money, but should be seen as an investment in developing the online shopping giant’s smart home technology portfolio.  

By Jakob Sand and Andrew Viner | 26 February 2018

What Chinese Companies See When Buying Up European Media

One of the more surprising statistics that I read recently was that the total M&A spend of Chinese companies surpassed their US counterparts for the first time in 2016, reaching a combined $219.3 billion - a staggering amount. A good chunk of that was spent on European targets...

By Jakob Sand | 11 February 2018

Why The Future Of Manufacturing Could Be Green Goo And Microscopic Bots

Technologies like 3D printing and augmented reality are creating a wave of disruption in the manufacturing industry. Further into the future, bio-manufacturing and nanotechnology await, ready to change manufacturing from the ground up.

By Jakob Sand | 05 February 2018

How Tax Can Make Manufacturing Technologies More Affordable

Companies will spend approximately $6 trillion on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions over the next five years. However, lack of knowledge about tax rules and grants that might make investments cheaper and more profitable could hamper the ROI of these investments. The same...

By Jakob Sand and David Yasukochi | 31 January 2018

How The U.S. Tax Reform Will Impact Technology M&A

Technology companies are likely still trying to work out if the long-awaited U.S. tax reform was an early Christmas present or a stocking full of coal. The answer is more of the former than the latter. The same seems to be the case for technology-related M&A. One early...

By Jakob Sand | 29 January 2018

Rise of the Co-bots – the next generation of robots revolutionising manufacturing

Industrial robots are traditionally big and burly - and about as safe to be around as a switchblade knife with a razor blade handle. That is why they are placed in protective cages. Collaborative robots are the opposite. Extensive sensors and limitations on movement speed and...