Salesforce (tkr: CRM) president and Chief Operating Officer Bret Taylor may soon succeed company founder Marc Benioff as Chief Executive Officer. That's the rumor as reported by a number of news outlets this week. If true, Taylor's operating experience - particularly on the product side (Taylor was Salesforce's Chief Product Officer prior to becoming COO … Continue reading Is Salesforce COO Bret Taylor The Company’s Next CEO?
Given inflated Technology company valuations and a weakening U.S. Dollar, we expect for stock swap M&A transactions to continue - especially as it relates to cross-border M&A. The DXY Index continues to drop as the USD falls relative to the currency basket (click chart below). The U.S. economy remains soft. Companies continue to cut headcount. … Continue reading Stock Swap Transactions Are Likely To Continue
Rather than differentiate its product from Microsoft Teams, Slack Technologies is using the courts to compensate for its lack of creativity. Admittedly is it not easy to compete with Microsoft. This is especially true when your product is an undifferentiated horizontal offering. Rather than compete in the courts (Slack Files EU Competition Complaint Against Microsoft), … Continue reading Compete On the Playing Field. Not In Court.
Our 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year included Andy Florance of CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Lance Uggla of IHS Markit (tkr: INFO), Ajay Banga of Mastercard (tkr: MA), Satya Nadella of Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) and Bill Stone of SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC). The risk/reward ratio for the equity markets hasn't been this unfavorable since the … Continue reading Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year
Bloodletting is thought to have originated in Egypt several thousand years ago. Bloodletting became standard medical treatment in medieval Europe to treat various conditions including plague, smallpox, epilepsy and gout. Investors continued the bloodletting in Thursday's trading session. Despite the blood and emotions, there is plenty of room for stocks to drift further downward. Many … Continue reading Let It Bleed
Unless your name is Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google or Microsoft, it is best to pursue vertical go-to-market and product strategies. Only the previously mentioned Technology giants have the requisite scale to take a horizontal approach. We provide examples of "Vertical Leaders" and "At-Risk Horizontal Players". Tickers mentioned: ACN, AMZN, AAPL, AVGO, BOX, CCC, CRM, CSCO, … Continue reading Go Vertical or Go HomePremium