When people think of software and technology for the non-profit sector, they generally think of Blackbaud, and more recently, Salesforce.com. Blackbaud is the biggest player in non-profits for sure, with over $546 million in revenue over the past twelve months, but Salesforce.com (which gives software away to small non-profits through its charitable foundation) is coming […]
If Google, a publicly-traded company with about $40 billion in annual revenue, can’t figure out if someone is an independent contractor or an employee, what does this mean for you? An article from Reuters last week, notes that Google is being sued by a former contractor, Jacob McPherson, alleging violation of federal labor standards, and that […]
“Merger Madness” was the headline this Monday as $100 billion in deals were announced. Halliburton (acquiring Baker Hughes) and Actavis (acquiring Allergan) shared the spotlight. These two big deals are just the latest in an already strong year for M&A. The total value for acquisitions of U.S. companies stood at $1.354 trillion before Monday’s news, up […]
Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase spoke a few years back to a business school class and he posed an interesting question. When considering whether to promote or hire an executive, ask yourself “would you want your kids to work for this person?” It was asked in the context of what makes a good executive […]
M&A: Keep it clean. Disposables, protective equipment, single-use technologies, and cleanroom operations on the rise.
The world can be a messy place. Companies that focus on keeping it a bit (or a lot) cleaner play an important role in public health, medical research and pharmaceutical manufacturing, to name just a few areas. The economic impact of contamination in those fields can be tremendous. Add to that the public […]
This week I had the opportunity to meet Mark Smith, the CEO of miEdge, a new subscription-based data service for insurance brokers selling group benefits to U.S. companies. miEdge uses algorithms to index and scrub publicly available data filed with the U.S. Department of Labor to identify and quantify sales prospects. Mark demonstrated for example how […]
Corporate venture capital is hot…really hot. U.S. funding levels spiked in Q2 2014 to nearly $1.2 billion and public tech companies are sitting on massive cash balances. These companies are looking to parley their huge cash positions into new growth opportunities through their own venture groups in order to try and keep up with the accelerating […]