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Podcast with Motley Fool: Big Tech Plus the 1 Stock I’d Buy Right Now

I had the privilege of joining Tim Beyers and Brian Feroldi on The Motley Fool podcast earlier this month.  In the hour-long interview, we cover topics such as big tech, my research process, tech valuations, and we also cover a number of individual stocks including Twilio, Bandwidth, Zoom, Facebook, and Palantir. The discussion starts off with big tech and why I believe Google Cloud Platform has missed an opportunity to catch up to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services on cloud IaaS. With that said, all three players are aggressively pursuing edge computing and how to combine the compute and…

Tech Growth Earnings Review for Q3 2020 – Part 3

In the 3rd part of my Q3 earnings analysis, I review reports from Zoom Video, Okta, Snowflake, Crowdstrike, ZScaler and Elastic. Zoom Video Zoom Video provided a nearly flawless earnings report for the first full quarter that followed initial work-from-home orders. The blend of Zoom Video having virality across consumers from its freemium model combined with enterprise is the company’s strength strategically as the competitors do not have the virality component. In Q3, customers with more than 10 employees represented 62% of revenue with net dollar expansion rate of 130%. Globally, Zoom exhibits strong growth, as well, with revenue from…

Why It’s Too Late for Google Cloud to Overtake Microsoft Azure

In our latest Forbes report, we discuss why Google (Alphabet) may have missed a critical window this year for the infrastructure piece. We also analyze how Microsoft directed all of its efforts to successfully close the wide lead by AWS. Lastly, we look at how all three companies will bring the battle to the edge in an effort to maintain market share in this secular and fiercely competitive category. Google Cloud grew two percentage points from 5% to 7% since 2018 while Azure grew four percentage points from 15% to 19% in the same period. In the past year, Google…

Fiverr: Explosive Growth with a Bright Future

Fiverr has climbed 678% this year. In this analysis, we examine if the growth can continue in the short-term and also post-COVID.  Specifically, our research shows that Fiverr is leading its industry and outpacing its primary competitor, Upwork.  We look into why this might be and what the future could look like. Background: Fiverr’s platform transforms the traditional freelancer staffing model into an e-commerce-like transaction.  The company’s model is known as a Service-as-a-Product (SaaP) offering, where sellers can list their services in over 300 different categories and buyers can easily find and purchase these services with the click of a…

Tech Growth Earnings Review for Q3 2020 – Part 2

In the second part of my Q3 2020 tech earnings review series, I covered Roku, Square, The Trade Desk, Datadog and JFrog. Roku Roku reported Q3 earnings on November 5th. The 73% year-over-year revenue growth the company announced was 23% above consensus expectations. Gross profit rose 81% YoY while gross margin rose 216 basis points in total to 47.6%. Roku added 2.9M active accounts in the quarter (+43% YoY). Total streaming hours increased by 0.2 billion hours over the last quarter to 14.8B (+54% YoY), while ARPU grew 20% YoY to $27. Roku was a beneficiary of the rebound in…

Tech Growth Earnings Review for Q3 2020

In my latest Forbes article, I covered the Q3 results for Big Tech earnings. Each company beat on both the top and bottom lines. Other than Alphabet, they are all trading down after-hours following these results as the market digests the magnitude of the beats, and in Apple’s case, the lack of guidance. Snap: Snap reported Q3 results on October 20th, beating both the top and bottom lines. The ongoing recovery of advertising budgets helped to boost Snap’s revenue growth to 52% YoY in Q3, which now sits just below the 58% pre-COVID growth rate the company recorded during Q1.…

Podcast: Tech Growth Stocks ZM ROKU FSLY BTC and more

I had a great time talking with Ryan Henderson and Brett Schafer on the Chit Chat Money podcast last week. They challenged me with questions on the bear case for Roku and Zoom Video. For instance, they asked if Roku will lose to the tech giants on over-the-top and if Zoom has reached peak usage. We also talked about sensitive topics such as what it’s like being a woman in finance — you’ll hear whether I think it’s more challenging to be a woman in finance or tech and why. We also revisited Fastly, which I’ve been hesitant to invest…

Momentum is on CrowdStrike’s Side: Will it Last?

This is an analysis by David Marlin, equity analyst for Beth.Technology. In this analysis, he explains why he is long CrowdStrike. A periodic transaction report filed on September 3rd revealed Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi purchased 5,000 shares of CrowdStrike for a total investment of roughly $650k.  It’s easy to speculate why the Speaker of The House would be purchasing shares of a cybersecurity company that has a history of working with the Democratic National Convention and FBI.  CrowdStrike was instrumental in alleging Russia interfered in the 2016 election, an allegation that led to a multi-year investigation.  The…

Beating Smart Money & Bloomberg Video

The best gains come from getting in front of the herd. The second issue is that many tech companies go through periods of high growth yet can’t sustain this long-term unless there is excellent product market fit. Momentum investors and trend followers struggle most when it comes to FAANG-like gains because they can’t determine the true gems from those that are simply doing what most tech does (disrupt a market for a period of time).

IPO Round Up

IPO Report card: As of late, the underlying goal of IPOs appears to be how to get retailers to pay as much as possible until the lock-up expires. It doesn’t matter if Berkshire invests unless you get a chance to buy at the same price. Your shares could lose 50% and Berkshire would break even. That’s not a public offering by any stretch of the word. Please keep in mind, that many winners in tech retrace well below their opening price (up to 50% below opening price in the case of Crowdstrike). Prior to Snowflake raising its opening price (for…