Elon Gasper

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Executive Vice President, Research & Technology
Elon Gasper founded pioneering animation and speech software company Bright Star Technology in the 1980s. With Corum's assistance he closed venture funding, expanded and then sold Bright Star to a public company in the early 90s. He holds 9 patents for his software innovations and was a finalist for the Fleugelman, the only personal achievement award given by the Software Publishers Association. He has also won a Traditional Game of the Year, a Best Practices for Product Innovation, a COMDEX Envision and a Codie, the retail software 'Oscar'. After Bright Star, Elon went on to drive development, business and marketing strategies in a variety of companies and roles, including Chief Technologist in entertainment giant Vivendi Universal's Sierra Online division; Senior VP at VizX Labs, a pioneering SaaS business delivering DNA analysis tools to scientists; and participant in a number of other start-ups, notably in the medical device, geoweb and telecommunications spaces.

Recent Blog Posts:

Critical M&A Contract Terms #7: Avoiding delays due to disclosure schedules
Disclosure schedules, meaning “attachments” or “documents” in this context, always take longer than anticipated—and those delays can kill a deal. ​We recently worked on a pair of transactions where disclosure schedules were critical. One closed and the other did not. In the first, the experienced... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 15 September 2015
Q3 Report
We put together a complete picture of every one of the six sectors we track and all 26 subsectors when we do our quarterly report webinars. This blog will boil it down to the basics, but if you want the whole rundown, you can check out our webinar here. The third quarter set records in the public... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 23 October 2013
Notable deals and facts
The Corum Group’s research team keeps track of every tech M&A transaction so we can keep ahead of the trends and keep an eye on what comes next. Here are some important deals we noted, and some facts that caught our eye. Deal value from megadeals was almost double this year what it was last... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 18 September 2013
2013 Mid-Year Global Tech M&A Report
With 2013 over halfway through, the public markets are still on the rise and tech M&A is being dominated by “megadeals” and “hypervalutions”, with companies such as Yahoo! embarking on a major shopping spree.  What other trends and strategies are driving the market? Corum’s 2013 Mid-Year Report... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 14 August 2013
Dows Record Close M&A Market Soaring
With the Dows March 5 closing at 14,254, the highest ever, the Tech M&A market continues its own bullish activity with over 250 deals in the past month including e-commerce company Channel Intelligence being acquired by Google for $125M, VMware picking up storage optimizer Virsto Software for... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 5 March 2013
On the anniversary of Steve Jobs death
Today is the anniversary of Steve Jobs death, and its worth a visit to Apple.com to see the commemorative video there. How much more drab our world would be without his work, and how long delayed would be the progress he brought! Steves encouragement and his unrestrained critique were important... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 5 October 2012
Geo-Consolidation
In August, I participated in Where is Everywhere, a market spotlight webcast from World Financial Symposiums, where I examined the significant consolidation in the overall geospatial and location-based space, highlighting ten key deals from the previous 80 days. Were seeing sellers from new... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 20 September 2012
Analysis: Apple action positive for mid-tier tech M&A
Last month Apple declared a dividend and a buyback package, but its actually a positive indicator for tech M&A at all but the highest levels, since it takes several alternatives off the table.   First, clearly it removes the threat of its disbursing anytime soon any large special payout to... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 2 May 2012
Financial Services sector highlighted in Tech M&A Webinar
Our Tech M&A webinar on Thursday spotlighted some transactions in the Financial Services sector. Here is an excerpt from the material with extension:   As a relatively relevant October Vertical Market deal we chose SASGAS, AKA Shanghai Advanced Software, which provides financial regulatory... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 7 November 2011
Casual Connect Games Conference
I attended Casual Connect, the Casual Games Conference, in Seattle last week. It was an exciting scene that certainly lived up to its name, as I saw plenty of old friends and met a lot of new folks doing some great work in this burgeoning market. On the dev side, new technologies and core games... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 26 July 2011
Google releases Voice Search
Though itd been available on mobile and other venues, it looks like Google has now rolled out Voice Search at google.com, too. Can you say Mergers and Acquisitions? See what you get; I did, since it seemed an appropriate search term to try with the top search engine and tech M&A buyer of this... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 23 June 2011
Why Google should buy the music industry
Thats the headline where Glyn Moody takes off from a single line in Mashboxx founder and former Grokster President Wayne Rossos quote to step back and point out the fantastic scale of Google in relation to a whole field of the digital content market in consumer applications M&A: Larry, Serge... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 19 April 2011
Cloud thunders into consumer market; M&A impact to come?
Last night Amazon finally did what a number of companies have been striving to do, releasing a consumer-friendly way to take advantage of cloud computing. Not that plenty of consumers weren't already enjoying some benefits of the Cloud for home productivity in tools like Google Docs and Gmail's... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 29 March 2011
Tech M&A coverage in Popular Mechanics?!
Here is speculation about the impact on consumers given in an article on the 7 implications of AT&T / T-Mobile deal: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/news/7-implications-of-an-at-t-and-t-mobile-merger.
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 23 March 2011
Webinar on 1/11/11 - 2010 Review and 2011 Predictions
One of the exciting things we do here at Corum every new year is sponsor the Annual M&A Forecast webinar. This year's event on Jan. 11 will look at last year's growth trends and transactions and compare them to predictions and projections for the coming year. In 2010 we topped out at over 700... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 6 January 2011
How to play Tech M&A? Corum tells Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch
Corum President Nat Burgess was quoted on WSJ's MarketWatch this weekend regarding "How to play the technology stock M&A wave": http://www.marketwatch.com/story/small-technology-stocks-are-ripe-for-takeover-2010-08-27. Excerpts:   Hewlett-Packard is offering $2 billion to buy a small data-... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 30 August 2010
Selling Up Selling Out goes to Singapore
Were taking our Selling Up Selling Out show on the road to Singapore for the first time ever this month! Mark Reed, who was Corums lead M&A Advisor on the recent Japan-Singapore acquisition of Apex Systems, will be leading the July 27 training workshop on M&A, too, helping tech execs... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 14 July 2010
Tech M&A makes news
Mainstream press reports on the increase in tech M&A keep popping up, with Business Week joining in yesterday with Tech M&A: Ready for a Ramp-Up at http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/may2010/pi20100524_861450.htm.  They echo Nat Burgess explanation quoted last week in USA Today:... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 25 May 2010

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