Alina Soltys

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Alina Soltys joined Corum Group in 2010, located out of their Seattle headquarters assisting on the transaction side. As associate, she focuses on strategic positioning, growth opportunity development and financial analysis as well as speaking regularly at conferences such as Casual Connect and WFS. Previously she worked on the buy side at a boutique real estate development firm focused on multi-family acquisitions as well as interning in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Colliers International. Alina graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with honors, specializing in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

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With the first live Apple Watches released into the wild today, tech insiders are thinking about all the various potential applications. Fitness is the most obvious with a built-in heart rate monitor and accelerometer. ​ See my thoughts and other industry insiders on what it means for the GAMING... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 24 April 2015
Celebrity Equity
The participation of celebrities in the tech space is nothing new, with Ashton Kutcher and his A-Grade Investments an early but strong example.   Over the last couple of weeks, Jay-Z joined the group when he acquired Aspiro, the maker of Wimp and Tidal for $56m. ​ Positioned as a higher quality... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 14 April 2015
Game Developers Conference 2015
With a record setting 26,000 in attendance, GDC (Game Developers Conference) brought together an audience of indie game developers, gaming, entertainment and advertising companies plus fans waiting to hear news of the latest game releases and hardware announcements. While San Francisco is a short... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 10 March 2015
GamesBeat 2014 Conference Report
I was invited to speak at GamesBeat, a conference organized by VentureBeat, in September in San Francisco. The theme was World Domination, and it was certainly present throughout the talks as Tencent, iDreamSky, and Nexon took the stage and spoke about their local markets in Asia and their turning... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 22 September 2014
Asian Gaming Update from Casual Connect
I just came back from Casual Connect Singapore and Beijing on Memorial Day, and what a fascinating experience it was to see the pulsing energies of the cities and the people building them up. At both events, I had the opportunity to give talks on Gaming M&A and Future Trends with a special... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 29 May 2014
Messaging Apps
One of the main themes I shared at the Casual Connect Amsterdam conference last month was the rise of the mobile messaging platforms like WeChat, WhatsApp, Line and Kakao. They are growing exponentially, with Line up 450% Q4 2012 to Q4 2013. Revenues are driven through in-app purchases of digital... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 12 March 2014
Casual Connect Amsterdam
Casual Connect, a casual games conference that is hosted around the world, was held in the historic stock exchange in Amsterdam last week. Jim Perkins and I were invited to lead the Finance/ M&A track for the afternoon presenting on market trends, futurecasting along with Buyer and Seller... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 20 February 2014
Gartner Data Center Conference December 2013
Earlier in this month, I was down at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas at the same time the National Rodeo Finals were taking place which brought to town a lot of cowboys and cowgirls. Attending a number of sessions every day focused on big data, data center operations, storage... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 31 December 2013
Latest Billion Dollar Gaming Deal
In an effort to reach new consumers and become “The first truly global games company,” Supercell has received $1.5B in investments from Puzzle & Dragon maker, GungHo Online Entertainment, and Japanese investor, SoftBank. This is a huge announcement for the gaming community. One that verifies... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 15 October 2013
US Gaming Attracting Asian Giants
Last week I had the privilege to speak at Casual Connect San Francisco; providing a market update on recent M&A and fundraising activity in the tech space as well as gaming specifically, and forecasting what trends will be impacting the future. A summary of the largest trend we have been... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 7 August 2013
The Mega Battle
Social media marketing in the cloud  has been on a supersonic jet plane ride for the last 3 years and it doesn’t seem to be losing any speed. On June 4th, Salesforce.com entered into its largest agreement to purchase publically-listed ExactTarget for $2.5 billion dollars; 7.6x Enterprise Value to... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 6 June 2013
SAP's Big Data Move
In a timely and strategic acquisition, SAP purchased SmartOps, a provider of inventory and service-level optimization solutions slated to fit into supply chain management. SAPs HANA platform, cultivated after many years of research, has finally been introduced to the marketplace with unique... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 22 March 2013
Living with the Jetsons
We are living in our own version of The Jetson's - The New Mobile Society, driven by the convergence of form and functionality. Form: As Apple has learned the hard way, smartphones are more desirable with larger screen sizes. The iPhone, although an early leader, was primarily beat by one key trait... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 31 January 2013
Growing pains in e-commerce
Growing a start-up to a full scale business involves strategy, risk and guts. Over the last 24 months it has been very exciting to see a new crop of e-commerce sites evolve from the original foundations laid out by Amazon. Gilt Groupe was one of the first to hit their stride in the US along with... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 6 December 2012
Latin America: The Next Frontier
In our half yearly webinar, I touched on a few trends becoming evident in Latin America. The first half of 2012 is at an inflection point for deal activity in Latin America. Last year private equity was pouring huge sums of money across all industries in countries like Brazil, Argentina and Chile.... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 27 July 2012
IPOs bring positive news for software companies
To no surprise, successfully timing markets is extremely difficult, especially when attempting to tie market indicators to the direction of Tech M&A. Over the last few months, public markets have been performing poorly. Nevertheless, Corum has had an exceptional quarter selling privately-held... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 20 June 2012
Digitizing of the take-out menu
During our monthly webinar in May, I highlighted a hot sector that is taking off in Europe, with the first shoots popping up in the US. In April, LivingSocial acquired Onosys, a company that provides a platform for restaurants to set up online and mobile food ordering systems on their websites. In... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 23 May 2012
Valuable assets of 1st Gen Web Companies
First generation web companies like AOL and Yahoo have had many missteps in keeping pace with the 2nd generation companies. Now they are turning to the assets that havent lost any value: Patents. Yahoo is taking their patents and going to war with the new web darling, Facebook, which could be a... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 12 April 2012

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