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Month: June 2019

CrowdStrike IPO: Price at 2x Addressable Market

Crowdstrike is another Silicon Valley startup that recently went public with triple-digits across the board including revenue growth, net retention rate, and annual revenue-run rate, which may have you wondering, how does one tell all of these Silicon Valley IPOs apart? For the Crowdstrike IPO, as with most cybersecurity companies, competitive landscape is crucial and requires bulletproof product differentiation as security is a very crowded space. This analysis will look into the product differentiation between Crowdstrike and its competitors for endpoint security to achieve an understanding of valuation and to form a prediction of how Crowdstrike will perform as a…

Will Facebook Cryptocurrency Have A Long-Term Impact?

Facebook has been clobbered by privacy issues for nearly 16 months now. A pivot into cryptocurrency could help save the social media giants market cap while making good use of the platform’s 2.3 billion users. The main issue for investors is the short-term risks with privacy and data may not outweigh the long-term opportunities with crypto this year. Background on Facebook’s Cryptocurrency: News has been circulating for some time about Facebook’s cryptocurrency venture with news officially breaking on Friday that Facebook has signed a consortium of firms known as the Libra Association to govern Facebook’s cryptocurrency. The list of names…

Uber Stock Had Disappointing Q1 Earnings: So Why Did the Price Go Up?

Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, is blaming timing and the trade war for the stock’s poor performance in its public market debut rather than focusing on the company’s unprofitability. When Uber filed to go public, the S-1 filing showed a massive operating loss of $3 billion per year. The most recent earnings report on May 30th showed the losses are getting worse at $1 billion per quarter for the “deeply unprofitable” company. Revenue is slowing down with growth of 20 percent to $3.1 billion in the most recent quarter compared to 25 percent revenue in the year-prior quarter. This was Uber’s…

Slack IPO: Pros and Cons

June 20th is the official date of the Slack IPO, although the technical term is not an IPO but rather a DPO for Direct Public Offering. Of the cloud software companies to go public over the last few years, Slack may be Silicon Valley’s pet favorite. You can think of Slack as a cloud-based messaging and delivery hub for teams as email is ineffective for frequent communication and projects. The product is simply amazing in terms of productivity and team work flow. From a customer perspective, the cost of the paid product is offset by the time employees save by…