Gene One Benchmarking Essay

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Introduction - Intersect Investment BenchmarkingThe financial services industry has plagued a constant flux of Intersect Investment overall business. With recent changes of financial power the firm has struggles like several other companies across the globe. To overcome and succeed Intersect Investment must expand like others to achieve current success goals. Similar to other companies Intersect Invest will make a drastic attempt to succeed like an array of other companies researched in the synopsizes below.Individual Company SynopsizesVISAVisa, Inc is the world's largest electronic payment network. IT is located in San Francisco, California. The company provides a variety of solutions for ...view middle of the document...

The IPO for Intersect did not turn out as favorable. Board members were divided and employees were turning in their resignations. Teri and Alberta both felt as though creating solid company should mean answering to Wall Street. In addition, the scenario stated that it may be better if employees left, rather than fight the IPO.UPSUPS is a company similar to Intersect Investments. UPS is an established company that already has revenue. UPS reasons for going public were not to provide funding for the company as why most companies decide to hold initial public offerings. For a larger company like UPS, being publicly traded allows them to use their stock as currency. They can buy other companies with it in a stock swap acquisition. Or they can give stock options to their employees and management as compensation instead of cold hard cash. Both can be excellent additions to a company's arsenal, if used correctly (Landley 1999).UPS planned to use the proceeds of the IPO to repurchase shares from existing shareholders. Once UPS went public it priced the IPO at 50 dollars a share, and traded 35 percent from the IPO and 164 percent from when it was privately traded.According to Chris Isidore (1999), "UPS always said that the ability to make decisions for the long term was a key reason it did not want to go public. Company officials said at the time the IPO was announced they were confident there would be no change in that culture. While analyst said they believe the company will be more conscious of Wall Street than in the past, they believe UPS will continue to follow its own course."Similar to Intersect Investments UPS had strong leadership teams, which were able to stay in control even after going public. Intersect Investments cultural change is challenging and may cause conflict within the organization, but the strong leadership will keep them in control and not Wall Street.Wells Fargo"On-line banking on the Internet is the Holy Grail of the Banking Industry. Internet banking does two things we have always wanted to do, it satisfies our customer's need and it reduces our costs. It is the key to electronic commerce, which could be the most important event in commercial history," states Dudley Nigg, Wells Fargo's executive vice-president of direct distribution (Afuah, 1998).Paul Hazen, Chairman of Wells Fargo, initiated the formation of a new 'Office of the Chairman', organized around 3 major customer segments and central staff groups that supported them. The objective was to bring creativity and vision to new innovations. As part of this new venture, a separate business unit dedicated to online financial services was set up, to be headed by Dudley Nigg. Given the great possibilities of the Internet, Dudley and his staff recognized many opportunities for the company, and the industry as a whole. Of course, just like Intersect Investment, along with this plan came many challenges.Just like the Intersect scenario, Dudley was getting some pushback from some...

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