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ServiceNow Ready to Deliver Under new CEO

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th 2017

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Cloud-based enterprise services provider ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) continues to outperform market expectations. It recently announced a leadership change when it brought over former eBay and Bain & Co. CEO John Donahoe as the new CEO. ServiceNow’s exiting CEO Frank Slootman took the company from $75 million in revenues to revenues of $1.4 billion last year. And now, the new leader is aiming to grow faster to cross the $5 billion milestone.

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2017 IPO Prospects: Blue Apron Ready to Deliver an IPO next

Posted on Monday, May 15th 2017

Meal-kit delivery services like Blue Apron have seen stellar success in the recent past, driven by convenience offered to the consumers. By providing recipe instructions along with pre-portioned ingredients, consumers can prepare delicious home cooked meals. Researcher Packaged Facts pegs the US meal kit delivery services market to be worth $1.5 billion last year. It estimates that the industry will grow to be a multi-billion dollar market over the next five years.

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Billion Dollar Unicorns: Robinhood Joins the Club

Posted on Friday, May 12th 2017

In 2016, fintech companies raised about $12.7 billion across more than 800 deals, according to CB Insights data. Another Billion Dollar Unicorn from this sector is Robinhood, which is trying to democratize stock trading through its technology-driven brokerage.

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Microsoft Shifting Gears on All Fronts

Posted on Thursday, May 11th 2017

Last year, I had suggested that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) may well be a dark horse in the five horse tech race. Its recent performance confirms that analogy. And the horse is running a good race. The company continues to compete with the likes of Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet across multiple offerings to make sure it no longer lags.

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India’s Most Dangerous (Ad)Venture: A Turnaround Strategy for Flipkart

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th 2017

Flipkart last month announced that it has raised $1.4 billion in funding from Tencent, eBay, and Microsoft and that it will be buying eBay’s Indian business. It is also in talks with Snapdeal for a possible merger or acquisition. But would buying these broken businesses help Flipkart fight Amazon? This question haunts the aficionados of the Indian startup movement. If Flipkart manages to somehow find success, the nation’s nascent startup momentum will continue. If it fails, it will fail in a very public way, and it will take down the entire industry’s momentum with it. Especially, it will dramatically dampen the Indian e-commerce sector’s hopes and dreams. This post is an attempt to look for a silver lining that may be able to turnaround the company. >>>

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Will Microsoft Acquire Tableau in 2017?

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th 2017

According to an IDC report published last year, worldwide revenues for Big Data and Business Analytics are estimated to grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to over $203 billion in 2020. The growth is expected to be driven by banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, federal/central government, and professional services, which accounted for nearly half of worldwide Big Data and Business Analytics investments.

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SAP Continues to Soar, Despite Earnings Miss

Posted on Monday, May 8th 2017

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Enterprise services provider SAP (NYSE: SAP) continues to ride high on the success of Hana and its Cloud initiative. In the recent result announcement, SAP missed its earnings expectations. But the market is not worried and the stock has soared to a record high. Nothing appears to be stopping this stock.

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Facebook Continues to Battle Controversy

Posted on Friday, May 5th 2017

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According to eMarketer’s report on US advertising, total digital ad spending in the country is expected to grow 16% to $83 billion this year. While Alphabet will remain the leader in the market with 41% of US digital ad revenues, it will continue to lose ground to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) within display advertising. Facebook’s US display business is expected to grow to 32% to $16.33 billion and account for 39% of the US display market. Alphabet will be a distant second with 12.5% of display ad share.

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