Snapchat IPO: It’s All About the ARPU, Dummy

BY JOE MATTA – FINANCE EXPERT @ TOPTAL #Equities #IPO #Snapchat #Stocks #Valuation Read the Spanish version of this article translated by Marisela Ordaz For those who haven’t been following the news since Snap announced its intentions to go public, the press cycle has been on a rollercoaster ride. Initial valuation estimates in the $20-25bn range were quickly followed by a few bolder claims that the IPO may fetch the company a valuation as high as $40bn. With this in mind, immediate post-announcement commentary was decisively bearish, and largely centered…

A Remote Worker’s Guide To Staying Healthy

BY VICTOR ABADIO Remote work, or working from home. A common dream that is becoming more and more a reality. When most people think about working in a home environment, they think they will be able to wake up late, work in their pajamas, not worry about traffic jams and so on; basically, do whatever they want. And, while that may be partially true, working remotely can have an effect on your physical health. That’s why it is important for remote developers to stay active and healthy, and that’s what…

Open Source Software – Investable Business Model or Not?

BY NATALLIA CHYKINA – FINANCE EXPERT @ TOPTAL #OpenSourceSoftware #SaaS #VentureCapital Open-source software (OSS) is a catalyst for growth and change in the IT industry, and one can’t overestimate its importance to the sector. Quoting Mike Olson, co-founder of Cloudera, “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” Apart from independent OSS projects, an increasing number of companies, including the blue chips, are opening their source code to the public. They start by distributing their internally developed products for free, giving rise…

The Impact of Brexit on the Financial Services Sector

BY TOBY CLARENCE-SMITH – LEAD FINANCE BLOG EDITOR @ TOPTAL #Banking #brexit #Economics #Finance #FinancialServices Last year, 52 percent of the UK population voted in favor of leaving the EU, a historic event branded as “Brexit.” Since then, speculation has been rife surrounding the impact of Brexit on the UK economy – particularly the financial sector. In this article, I take a look at what the anticipated impacts of Brexit on the UK financial sector are, assess their merits and likelihood, and see what the long-lasting impact on the financial…

The Vital Guide to Hiring Valuation Experts

Selling a business is like crossing the finish line of the longest and most arduous marathon of your life. Getting paid to pass your business on to its new owner is the ultimate reward for your brilliant idea and the right valuation expert will ensure you don’t stumble across the finish line. Naturally, establishing the value of a company is not always done ahead of a sale, it can be done ahead of a new round of fundraising, when preparing for an IPO, or even as an internal assessment. However,…

How to price your product/service

Today’s recipe is about your business’ core ingredient – the pricing strategy. Here at Deerasa, we know that pricing a product or service fairly is one of the biggest aspects that entrepreneurs face when running their business. Charging the right price enhances your sales and directly relates to your product’s positioning – which is why in this article we’ll explain why the pricing strategy is definitely not guesswork. “It’s part art and part science” – Charles Toftoy, associate professor of management science at George Washington University. This quotation couldn’t be…

Keep Calm And Transition To A New Development Team

It is common for a software product to transition from one development team to another during its lifetime. Different stages of the product may call for a different type of development team: a consultancy to build the initial version, a solo freelance developer to maintain it, an in-house team to bring it to scale, or a professional designer to add some “pop”. Despite how often this occurs, many non-technical founders and product owners find themselves unprepared and scrambling when the time comes to bring on the next team. This often results in…

You Need a Hero: The Project Manager

This article is for you, the plucky entrepreneur with an app idea in your heart and a bit of cash in the bank. The diagrams that you’ve scribbled on cocktail napkins will disrupt the entire world, and dump trucks full of money have already been dispatched to your house. To ensure that they arrive on time, here’s some simple advice for making your production cycle run smoothly. Why You Need A Project Manager In The First Place “Computer programs are the most complex things that humans make”, says Douglas Crockford….

The New Wave of Entrepreneurship

There is a multi-trillion dollar economy opening up to technology faster than ever. It has been driven by trends that have changed the nature of how entrepreneurs will be characterized going forward; specifically, industry executives will be the next wave of in-demand startup CEOs. In April of 2007, Apple changed everything with the launch of the iPhone. It is hard to imagine that it has only been 8 years since the release of the first truly pervasive smartphone, but there is no denying its impact has been world-changing. Beyond the…

Developing your Brand Identity

The brand is the backbone of your business. It needs to be strong and taken care of. So many people overlook the importance of creating a solid, consistent and engaging brand. When you understand your brand identity inside out, customers are more likely to understand it too, that’s why the Deerasa team has devised these bite-sized yet essential pointers to help define your brand. A brand strategy must be fluid, clear and consistent Your brand voice should be the same tone and language type across all platforms; from your website,…

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