Category: Information Services

If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily Come

If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily Come

Incentivize Prospective Participants with A Seat at the Table MoviePass shut down on September 14th. We do not have first-hand knowledge of MoviePass’ ever-evolving business model. However, we do know that MoviePass never quite figured out how to properly incentivize movie theaters to drive audience participation.  When building new network businesses, it makes sense to … Continue reading If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily Come

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AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

Companies mentioned: Adobe (tkr: ADBE), Alteryx (tkr: AYX), Amazon (tkr: AMZN), Automation Anywhere (private), BNY Mellon (tkr: BK), DataRobot (private), Google (tkr: GOOG), Microsoft (tkr: MSFT), Pegasystems (tkr: PEGA), Salesforce (tkr: CRM), SAS (private), SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC), Tableau (tkr: CRM, acquisition closed August 1st 2019), Tibco (private). Word count: 1,111. Two major trends have … Continue reading AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

Is It Time to Sell Your Company?

Is It Time to Sell Your Company?

When is the correct time to sell your company? Many entrepreneurs and CEOs struggle with this question. A blueprint unfortunately does not exist. Below are signposts we have observed primarily across Application Software, FinTech, InsurTech, Information Services, IT Services and Technology-Enabled Services. The company participates in a mature end market and continued growth is dependent … Continue reading Is It Time to Sell Your Company?

Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

Some years ago many insurance carriers wrote tranches of long-term care (“LTC”) life insurance policies which have proved to be toxic. These “toxic” LTC policies - primarily written between 1999-2004 - were at the heart of a scathing critique of General Electric (tkr: GE) last week which ultimately accused the company of accounting fraud. While … Continue reading Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

Three Activist Investor Targets

Three Activist Investor Targets

We recently wrote that “Scale Matters in Tech”. Technology companies that have captured the number 1 or number 2 position within a particular vertical enjoy Economies of Scale including: 1.) automatically getting a seat at the table for sales bakeoffs, 2.) job seekers naturally gravitate toward market leaders, 3.) prospective acquisition targets will find you, … Continue reading Three Activist Investor Targets

Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

Based on June quarter earnings call results, management teams have less visibility into Sales pipelines, Revenue forecasts and Profitability in the aggregate than several months ago. This in turn causes would be acquirers to haircut purchase price valuations if not walk away from deals entirely. In the former case, valuation haircuts typically either stall deal … Continue reading Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

We tip our hat to LSE for thinking outside the box, moving beyond a commodity business to acquire a somewhat unique data set (one of the big three with Bloomberg and Factset).  Blackstone Group (BX.N) acquired a majority stake in Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO) in October 2018, valuing the company at the time at … Continue reading LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

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Companies mentioned: Accenture (ACN), Alibaba (BABA), AWS (AMZN), Azure (MSFT), Bottomline Technologies (EPAY), Broadridge (BR), DataRobot (Pvt.), GCP (GOOG), IHS Markit (INFO), Oracle (ORCL), Palantir (Pvt.), Qlik (Pvt.), Solera (Pvt.), SS&C (SSNC), Tibco (Pvt.), Verisk (VRSK). Accenture’s CEO of North America, Julie Sweet, will become CEO of Accenture effective September 1st 2019. Ms. Sweet is … Continue reading Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.Premium 

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Whether evaluating a company as an investment vehicle or as a potential vendor, the processes are similar. Three elements are at the heart of our due diligence process when we evaluate Technology companies as investment vehicles and when we evaluate them as vendors. 1.) Quality of the Management Team. We listed this attribute first as … Continue reading Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

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From Satellite Imagery to 3D Maps to Home Rentals to Smart Home Devices and More Companies mentioned in this report: Airbnb (private); Alarm.com (ALRM); Amazon (AMZN); Apple (AAPL); ARCHIBUS (private); Autodesk (ADSK); CoStar Group (CSGP); DigitalGlobe/ Maxar Technologies (MAXR); DocuSign (DOCU); EagleView (private); Ellie Mae (private); ESRI (private); Facebook (FB); Fidelity National Financial (FNF); Google … Continue reading Real Estate TechPremium