Archive for Author: Jeffrey Trongone

Sep 12, 2016

Banks are under pressure, is there any hope?

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Banks have long been an important and trusted pillar of the economy; from saving to lending, underwriting to trading, banks are a necessity for consumers and businesses. But, following the fallout from the recent financial crisis (nearly 10 years ago), banks have struggled, with increasing and ambiguous regulations, record low interest rates, slower global growth and higher scrutiny. Enter the latest wave of Fintech. Fintech is nothing new, with electronic trading, online brokerage, ecommerce and electronic payments well integrated into the financial ecosystems, but this time feels different. Launching a disruptive Fintech company has never been easier, with public cloud…

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May 26, 2016

Cash (Flow) is King

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It surprises some clients that we are now focusing as much on incremental margin as we are on top-line growth. To be clear, we’re not against growth. High revenue growth rates drive higher valuations. But we’re increasingly seeing that, except in cases of companies with massive top line growth, most acquirers and investors are also looking hard at sustainability. And for many of them – measuring incremental margin is a key sustainability metric.

Mar 21, 2016

The Evolution of Business Intelligence

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We are in the business of helping B2B technology and data services companies to sell, acquire, and raise capital. One of our focus areas is known as enterprise data & analytics, which encompasses firms providing advanced analytics, big data, business intelligence, data management, and information services. We regularly publish a newsletter with updated m&a statistics focused on the space – you can see the latest here: February 2016 EDA Market Update.

Dec 14, 2015

Looking Past the Unicorns to the Middle Market – The Sweet Spot

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A quick look through today’s business headlines and you’ll see reports of massive capital raises and eye-popping valuations for some of the so called “Unicorns” – young, fast-growing, privately held (VC-backed) technology / technology-enabled companies valued at $1 billion and above. Some of these firms are very impressive, growing more than 100% per annum and raising hundreds of millions from private investors. Some are working on finding an appropriate way and time to give investors liquidity at a suitable value. Few this year have found strategic buyers: Lynda.com (LinkedIn) and Virtustream (EMC), for example. According to CB Insights, through Q3’15…

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