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Warriors Win NBA
June 18, 2015, Mark Lonergan
Tech Companies are like basketball teams—the best of both have leadership with grit, determination, and an optimistic view to the future.  Great company boards/team owners hire great CEOs, who in turn hire great management teams, etc. Led by Chairmen with great vision, the best organizations are headed somewhere and they are determined to win in fiercely competitive markets. The June... Read more »
November 14, 2014, Mark Lonergan
With the November 10 departure of CEO Shaygan Kheradpir from Juniper Networks after only ten months in the job, this brings into focus a growing problem in Silicon Valley—CEO departures after short tenures, with the resulting loss of company reputation and investor confidence. The Wall Street Journal reported Juniper stock was trading down 4.5% on the day after the news. An alarming number... Read more »
October 6, 2014, Mark Lonergan
A couple of our favorite clients were featured as Unicorns in an article by Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee. Unicorns, as defined by Aileen, are companies founded in the last 10 years which have achieved a valuation of $1 billion or more. In this thoughtful analysis, Aileen documents the lessons she learned by studying the 39 software companies in this exclusive club. Most of these companies are... Read more »
September 18, 2014, Mark Lonergan
With the announcement that Safra Catz (along with Mark Hurd) is taking over as CEO of Oracle today, the number of women CEOs in the Silicon Valley 150 just jumped by 25%. Oracle’s move is a significant milestone in the history of women in leadership roles in the Valley, something we at Lonergan Partners have been tracking carefully.  We recently profiled the CEOs running the companies... Read more »
People and Culture
July 29, 2014, Mark Lonergan
In a recent interview at the Fortune Brainstorm conference, Cisco CEO John Chambers was asked about the rules he applies before he agrees to buy a company.  Here’s what he said: Share a Vision with acquired company Matching corporate cultures Know the people and the tech Acquisitions must be strategic The closer to Cisco headquarters, the better the outcome... Read more »


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