To borrow a line from one of America's all-time great CEOs, Dr. John Malone - "Big Bubbles Get Bigger - Little Bubbles Disappear" There is less surface tension as bubbles rise thus they continue to expand. The same is true of technology companies both from an M&A perspective as well as from a competitive standpoint. … Continue reading Big Bubbles Get Bigger
The supply of Data Scientists is a constraint toward building Advanced Analytics practices including broadly-defined AI. Therefore, we expect this supply constraint to be a catalyst for M&A activity. We covered this "supply" topic last week in our article "AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity" The supply of data scientists is being stretched … Continue reading Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals
We all want to feel special, to believe we make a difference, that we contribute to society whether it be through job creation, volunteering our time or some other means. M&A is no different. Target company CEOs and management teams want to feel loved. This is especially true of founder CEOs. Should a founder CEO … Continue reading We All Want to Feel Loved. M&A Is No Different.
Some companies execute smart, strategic acquisitions better than others. Here’s a short list of publicly-traded FinTech & Info Services companies that do M&A well: CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Intercontinental Exchange (tkr: ICE), IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and Verisk (tkr: VRSK). Click Here for Revenue, EBITDA and related metrics. We love FinTech … Continue reading Build. Acquire. Repeat.Premium
Three logical, prospective M&A trades (Fintech & Enterprise Software), that make sense for the next 12-36 months. Learn more about each target and prospective acquirer at CEORater.com ...
Podcasts (and Music) Provide Apple an Opportunity to Gain Market Share Apple wishes to boost its iCloud business which lags AWS, Google and Microsoft's cloud offerings. In addition, Apple Music lags Spotify. In podcast land, the Apple Podcast directory commands approximately 70% market share. Other directories include Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and many others. The … Continue reading Now Is the Time for Apple to Acquire SoundCloudPremium
Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A In this edition of the CEORater Podcast we cover: 1.) Autonomous driving teaser.. 2.) Perhaps Microsoft (MSFT) ought to acquire Anaplan and other SaaS/cloud Financial Management tools to create an upgrade glide path for Excel? We think so. Infor would do well to follow a similar M&A path. … Continue reading Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A
Cultural fit between merger/acquisition partners is essential in order to maximize the probability of a successful transaction. We define successful M&A transactions as those where the parties who agree to merge/be acquired have engaged employee bases that are motivated to work and create new products and services together. To engage with customers together. This goes … Continue reading Culture Is King in Strategic M&A
My recent CEORater Podcast where I discussed various Attributes on the CEORater platform that speak to a given CEO’s leadership style. We cover two Attribute groups: "Strategy & Tactics" and "Investor-Related": We have incorporated these and other CEO Attributes into the CEORater platform (42 Attributes in total). The CEO Attributes are based on my experience as an Equity Research Analyst where … Continue reading A CEO Analysis: Part II
The Three "I"s for Selecting Board Members: 1.) Intellectual Curiosity 2.) Industry Experience 3.) Inquisitive IBM lacks Board members that have Software industry experience other than CEO Ginni Rometty. We recommend that IBM turn over its Board and replace BoD members with new members who have significant Software industry experience given that Software - particularly … Continue reading The Three “I”s for Selecting Board Members