Chirayu Wadke, partner from Seedplus joined us in a two part conversation to discuss the most important trends in smartphone, internet of things (IoT) and mobility landscape and why the recent Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm failed. In the second part, we discussed why the recent Broadcom and Qualcomm deal fell apart and its implications to Asia Pacific companies making acquisitions in the US market.

Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Chirayu Wadke, Partner, SeedPlus (@chirayuwadke , LinkedIn) [0:38]
  • Why Broadcom and Qualcomm deal fell apart [1:04]
    • Can you provide a background to how Broadcom came to be and why it has decided to acquire Qualcomm? [1:48]
    • How far can the M&A methods and stripping innovation out by Hock Tan go? [4:50]
    • In the end, the deal did not go through. What are the key factors to the failure of the deal? [7:08]
    • Does the boardroom dynamics affected the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal? Why did Intel not enter as the white knight? [7:46]
    • The implications of Broadcom and Qualcomm are also felt in the other failed acquisitions by Asian companies in the US from Ant Financial’s failure to acquire Moneygram as well, does that mean that it will be increasingly difficult to consolidate the technology market? [9:20]
    • References:
  • Closing [12:52]
    • Can you recommend a book or movie or podcast or anything which recently made an impact to your work and personal life? [13:00]
    • How do my audience find you?

Podcast Information:

The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bernardleong & weibo) and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, “The Beginning” from Red Cliff Soundtrack.