Here are some of the ideas that popped into our heads (with some of the reasoning… or lack-thereof… behind it.
- Bloomberg Law — mostly because it looks like they are making a run at Lexis' market share. Why not just plunk down the coin now and skip the battle altogether?
- Associated Press — A news organization owning a legal information provider isn't new… maybe they can succeed where others have failed?
- An E-Discovery Vendor — with all the advances in e-discovery tools, what could a Recommind do with all the content housed in those databases?
- Google — For a company that would like to index all the world's information, this would be one piece of the pie they've only taken little bites of. Why not eat the whole thing?
- Amazon — this is a company that has built a well run distribution service. Is this something that could be run in their cloud based services?
- Apple — Not that we think that Apple wants this, but I could really see them selling caselaw for 99¢, or you could pay $9.99 for the entire volume
- Microsoft — Somehow I'm envisioning a repeat of Encarta
- IBM — Actually, I liked this idea (probably because I came up with it.) I would love to see IBM put a "Big Data Guru" like Jeff Jonas on a project to take all the data that LexisNexis has, and put it into one giant pot, stir it up, and start finding relationships in previously unrelated data.
- Yahoo! — Pretty much the same reasons as Google, but Yahoo! needs something to make it more competitive and profitable.
I'm sure we named off a few more companies, but that's all I can remember now that my burger is kicking in and I'm a ready for an afternoon nap.
Any other suggestions for where a hypothetical LexisNexis sale should go??