Can Machine Learning save McDonald’s?

Dynamic Yield’s platform could theoretically analyze a customer’s orders, and discover that individual usually buys a Big Mac around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Consequently, Dynamic Yield could send the person a text or an email with a coupon for a free drink with a Big Mac at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Accordingly, Dynamic Yield has built a “Triggering Engine.” A Triggering Engine is an app that automatically generates and sends emails and push notifications that will supposedly reach customers at critical moments.

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Is Zillow Making Money?

Therefore, people are buying stock in a company that loses money on its investments that is expanding its investing activities. Ben Graham was right “Mr. Market is insane.” Moreover, it is not clear how Zillow will pay the houses to buy to flip. For instance, Zillow had just $651,058 in cash and equivalents, $66,083 in receivables, and $903,867 in short-term investments on 31 December 2018. Hence, Zillow had assets of $1.892 billion at the end of 2018. Consequently, I think the only ways Zillow can finance the flips are to borrow money or issue collateralized debt. Thus, Zillow is adopting the business model that led to the mortgage catastrophe of 2007 to 2008.

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