Companies don't establish themselves in new markets overnight. All good things take time and effort. Market awareness typically evolves in three main stages as companies evolve from "Challengers" to "Established" players. Stage 1: Stage 1 companies carry high cost of customer acquisition, long sales cycles and low sales volume as indicated in figures 1 and … Continue reading 3 Stages of Market Awareness
Month: December 2019
Time. Make the Most of It.
Another year coming to a close. Gone in a blink. Time is the most precious asset. Here's our advice for CEO's to help ensure maximum output for every moment of time and resources invested. Scale Is Everything We've said it a thousand times before. Think big. Fit the budget to the plan, not the other … Continue reading Time. Make the Most of It.
Is Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) Undervalued? A Comp to EPAY-owned Paymode-X Suggests “Yes”.Premium
Hidden gems. One never knows when he or she may stumble upon such an asset. Paymode-X is one such example. Tickers mentioned in this note and/or podcast: AAPL, AMZN, AXP, BAC, EPAY, FB, FISV, GOOG, GPN, MA, PYPL, SQ, TFC, V A decade ago Bottomline Technologies (ticker: EPAY), acquired B2B payment network "Paymode-X" from Bank … Continue reading Is Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) Undervalued? A Comp to EPAY-owned Paymode-X Suggests “Yes”.Premium
We took a snapshot of FinTech company valuations based on an extract from our CEORater database. We looked at Enterprise Value as a multiple of LTM Operating Cash Flow. You may access the file HERE or after the break below. Should you have any questions reach me at email@example.com Tickers mentioned: BR, FDS, FICO, FIS, … Continue reading FinTech Valuations
March of The Pigs
Not all content providers will feed at the trough. Revenue, pricing and business models are likely to change for certain direct-to-consumer content providers as new offerings canvas the market. Disney has the high ground. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, CMCSA, DIS, GOOG, NFLX, T. Two tables included: analysis of each company plus Netflix pricing menu. Those … Continue reading March of The Pigs
BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…
The asset management game is all about Assets Under Management ("AUM"). The entertainment game is all about "IP". By the way, Bob Iger likes Bond. Asset Management & Entertainment Share a Hunger for Assets Over the past decade asset managers have shifted away from active management and alpha generation in favor of index funds and … Continue reading BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…
Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse
Venmo - PayPal’s crown jewel - built its network on Facebook’s back. Facebook (tkr: FB) ought to move to acquire PayPal (tkr: PYPL). Venmo is perhaps the most user-friendly Peer-to-Peer ("P2P") payment service in large part due to its Facebook integration which makes it easy for users to connect and transact with each other. Connect … Continue reading Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse
We Expect Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to Continue to Invest in Proprietary Processing Technology
Processing capability is becoming increasingly strategic to the success of advanced cloud services such as artificial intelligence (machine learning and deep learning) and quantum computing. Cloud-based services are the growth engine for Technology giants AWS (Amazon), GCP (Google) and Azure (Microsoft). Similarly, Apple’s new content offerings (Apple TV+, Apple News+) and Apple Health are built on … Continue reading We Expect Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to Continue to Invest in Proprietary Processing Technology
Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts
Yesterday Expedia (ticker: EXPE) announced that its CEO and CFO had resigned effective immediately. The reason? A disagreement in strategy with Chairman Barry Diller. Expedia's former CEO and CFO had pursued a corporate reorganization to "streamline operations" to "drive innovation at scale." Our observation - certainly insofar as the Technology industry is concerned - is … Continue reading Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts
AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats
Deepfake technology is an advanced cyberthreat that has captured the imagination over the past number of months. Deepfakes have the potential to re-write history (see the fake President Nixon Apollo 11 video below), spread mass disinformation and engage in fraud. How best to mitigate the risk of advanced cyberthreats such as deepfakes? We have previously … Continue reading AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats
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