Category: Software

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

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

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

TEK2day Podcast episode 290: A Conversation with Scott Kurland, Global Head of Product Marketing, SS&C (tkr: SSNC) "Singularity" Predictive Analytics powered by Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing ("NLP"), and general Artificial Intelligence have been part of investment management front offices (especially "quant" shops) for some time. Yesterday we met with Scott Kurland who leads the … Continue reading Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

We are sometimes critical of CEO compensation packages, yet we are first to admit that CEOs have an outsized influence on the future prospects of companies large and small. This is particularly true of fast-moving industries such as technology where having the correct CEO in place may mean catching the latest technology wave - cloud, … Continue reading CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

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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 

Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

Google flexed its on-device computing might last week at its annual I/O developer conference. This should serve as a wake-up call to other technology companies whether they be consumer-focused or enterprise technology companies. I'm still impressed by the fact that Google compressed Google Assistant's footprint by 200x (from 100GB to 0.5GB). Similarly, other advanced Google … Continue reading Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

It’s Good To Be King

It’s Good To Be King

Google is the AI King. More precisely, the king of AI, machine learning and deep learning. Google held its annual "IO" developer conference yesterday and we were most impressed by Google's ability to run sophisticated AI models entirely on-device. Many technology analysts will cover Google's new Pixel 3A phone and smart home devices. We were … Continue reading It’s Good To Be King

Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft embodies the cloud and all it encompasses including edge computing, AI and machine learning, mixed reality, autonomous systems and more. Microsoft is a good proxy for what tomorrow's cloud-driven economy may look like. Our view? A tapestry of natural language AI-based applications and autonomous systems, all running on core platforms primarily powered by a … Continue reading Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft's product design strategy borrows from the automobile industry Microsoft is a different beast under CEO Satya Nadella. One of the most profound changes under Nadella has been the way in which the company builds products. In the past, small independent teams would create new Microsoft products in a vacuum - not dissimilar to experiments … Continue reading Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech

Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech

Tesla plans to roll out its own insurance product. The insurance industry has known for years that the self-insurance wave was coming. "I am the eye in the sky... I can read your mind... I am the maker of rules.." So the song goes and so goes Tesla. Those of us who have spent time … Continue reading Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech