Jon Scott

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Chairman
Jon joined Corum in 2010, originally out of their Seattle headquarters, and currently out of their Amsterdam office. He has close to 30 years experience serving high technology companies with the last 20 mainly in chief operating and chief executive roles. During this time Jon has become known for his ability to successfully integrate strategies and tactics into well executed operating plans, building strong teams and achieving excellent results.

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Mobile Security Whats the fuss about?
I said it before and the trend continues.  More and more employees, including executives, are demanding to leverage their personal mobile devices in more and more ways.  The term "BYOM", or bring your own mobile, is popping up everywhere.  This is spreading more and more mobile malware, including... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 4 May 2012
More data breaches create big opportunities
The sales of data security technologies will continue to grow rapidly.  There is no other option.  Lets face it, the current standards in place through periodic tests and audits to gauge a companys data weaknesses arent working.  This became even more obvious with the recent hacking of Global... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 27 April 2012
Why is the JOBS Act important to Tech M&A?
A few comments on the recently passed JOBS Act.  This is a very powerful piece of legislation almost unanimously passed by Congress and BOTH sides of the aisle and signed by the President last week.  How it came about is an interesting story.  About a year ago, some executives were asked to join a... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 16 April 2012
Physical and Logical Security
As I mentioned in my last blog, the RSA show in San Francisco highlighted some interesting trends. It seems that more enterprises are realizing that the lines between physical and logical security are blurring, especially in terms of risk management. Last September, ASIS International, an... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 6 April 2012
Mobile malware?
I attended the annual RSA conference in San Francisco in late February.  Its always an interesting event.  This year I heard more talk around the issue of mobile application security and smartphones.  Not the apps that an enterprise might give its employees to extend a legacy application, but the... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 30 March 2012
Growth in Social: It's coming from some interesting places
Where are some of opportunities going to come from in Social? Well, one opportunity is in attracting the older demographic. In the last 24 months, users 55 and older represent the fastest growing age segment in social networking. But for future trends I suggest looking at digital natives, the... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 13 January 2012
People outlive corporations Is innovation the key?
I recently read that only a tiny fraction of corporations reach the age of 40. A couple of professors concluded this after studying more than 6 million firms. They wrote that despite their large financial resources and significant human resources, the average large firm does not last. The gist of... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 10 January 2012
Mobile madness
I started out in mobile computing way back in the '80s, so it has been fascinating to watch the mobile wave take place. The past year has been a watershed one for mobile as an industry at large, as America catches up to Europe by abandoning landlines altogether.   Mobile phones were adopted over... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 14 November 2011
Avoid a deal disaster with a carve out
As you would expect, we see a lot of interesting behavior with buyers and sellers during transactions. One of our recent themes has been discussing deal disasters things that cause deals to fall apart. Here is a deal disaster that outside investors need to watch for when they are selling a company... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 6 October 2011
Strategy, fundamentals & the new world
  In the tech M&A business, we speak to a lot of investors. These range from entrepreneurs, to venture capitalists to private equity firms. With the recent market volatility, you can imagine we ask them their take on this. Just the other day I spoke to a partner at a $4B private equity firm and... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 26 September 2011
Timing and patience
In my last blog, I wrote about timing. This entry is about timing, but adds the element of patience. Given the increased activity in software M&A, we are frequently hearing from early stage company founders who are anxious to not miss the current window of opportunity to sell their businesses.... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 1 August 2011
Timing, entrepreneurs and management maturity
You often hear the saying that timing is everything, and in M&A this can be so true. More often than not, timing is only one factor that leads to a successful transaction. There are a number of other factors that often get left out of the great timing stories I hear. Today I am going to focus... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 30 June 2011
Innovation Down Under
Australia is an interesting market. I just came back from client meetings down under and also conducted one of Corums Merge Briefings in Sydney attended by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate development staff from some of Australias largest technology companies. Ive made a number of... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 3 June 2011
Hypervaluation
We had a number of Corum deal makers weigh in on the phenomenon of hypervaluation in our April webinar, and this is a trend that seems likely to continue. An excellent example was SalesForce.com's acquisition of DimDim in January. This was a company that had yet to make a profit, but was still... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 4 May 2011
Security and mobile devices
I spent a few days at the annual RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. As always it was an interesting event, however, not many of the attendees I spoke with felt they came away seeing much of anything new.   Virtual security, a hot topic two or three years back, has quieted down. Im not sure... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 25 February 2011
CEOs and IT Security
After the new year, an intriguing new trend was reported where more CEOs are taking an interest in their firm's IT security. With all the virus scares and security failings in the past year, it's not hard to see why, but this is encouraging. If you're not already part of this trend, you should... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 14 February 2011
CEOs and IT Security
After the new year, an intriguing new trend was reported where more CEOs are taking an interest in their firm's IT security. With all the virus scares and security failings in the past year, it's not hard to see why, but this is encouraging. If you're not already part of this trend, you should... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 14 February 2011
Four Technology Predictions
1. IPO activity among tech companies, in transaction volume, will climb a modest 10% due to continued difficulty in attracting institutional buyers. 2. Technology M&A activity will climb by 30% as the VC's funds raised in 2004 and 2005 era are pressured to produce liquidity and they sell... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Chairman on 28 January 2011
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