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Mary Meeker on Steroids

Morgan Stanley’s Mary Meeker, the “Queen of the Net”, is famous for her in-depth analyses of technology markets. In 2009 Mary and her team have been heavily promoting mobile Internet as the next big wave in the technology market. Several copies of her 68 slide October “Economy & Internet Trends” presentation from the Web 2.0 Summit have circulated around the web. Recently Morgan Stanley released the 671 slide presentation, the Mobile Internet Key Themes Report, that underlies Mary and her team’s research. Click through to the full post to review the entire presentation or to download it from Morgan Stanley.

Suing Gartner Won’t Solve Your Magic Quadrant Problems Part Deux

The ZL Technology/Gartner litigation continues. After having their first case dismissed, ZL has filed an amended complaint charging Gartner with defamation and trade libel. Given the high standard of proof in American libel litigation it is unlikely that ZL will fare any better this time around than they did the first time. Perhaps ZL might consider the advice of Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic. He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University. In a recent TechCrunch article Vivek describes how he turned his developers into the best enterprise sales people in his market. Vivek’s experiences are interesting for not only startups, but mature companies as well. His strategies certainly have a much higher probability of success than ZL’s quixotic litigation approach. See more details inside the post.

Supply Chain Management Exits

Supply Chain Management is not the most glamorous or valuable software market. In Q309 public Supply Chain Management companies had media EV/Revenue metrics of 1.3x and EV/EBITDA metrics of 9.8x. According to the Software Equity Group Supply Chain Management ranks 19th out of the 24 software technology categories they track. Interestingly enough, there have six major exit/corporate development events in the past two months in this market space including a major dividend, two major acquisitions/mergers, a large secondary offering, and two IPO filings. If boring old Supply Chain Management can generate this much activity then perhaps the rest of the tech market can look forward to a happy new year as well.


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