Investor Relations

Zero to IPO: Lessons from the Unlikely Story of HubSpot

Editor’s Note:  Slides from talk Dharmesh Shah, founder/CTO of HubSpot gave at the 2016 SaaStr Conference in San Francisco. Lessons on SaaS, pricing, culture, MBAs and customer happiness. Zero to IPO: Lessons From Unlikely Story of HubSpot from HubSpot

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Making Decisions During A Corporate Crisis

By Dian Griesel, President of Dian Griesel International The word “crisis” originates from the Greek krisis, which translates, literally, as “decision.” When public companies are faced with crises, decisions must be made about how best to communicate this information to shareholders, the investment community, the media and the public at large. However, just as there’s…

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U.S. and Global Residency by Investment

By Robert F. Loughran, Foster LLP The United States is just one of many countries around the world that offers temporary or permanent residency on the basis of a substantial investment in the country. Options exist to secure residency in most countries if job creation can be demonstrated. The U.S. residency by investment program, the…

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The SEC Discussion of Modernizing Corporate Disclosure

Recently, the SEC issued a 341-page concept release looking for public views via questions about the disclosure requirements for “periodic reports” (including earnings). The focus/goal is reforming both the actual content of corporate disclosures as well as the manner these disclosures are presented and delivered. The SEC first tickled these ideas at the end 2013…

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In Investor Relations, the Little Things Matter

By Marian Briggs, Executive Vice President, PadillaCRT It started when I turned on CNBC in my hotel room early on March 16. The biotech reporter was recounting the myriad issues beleaguered Valeant Pharmaceuticals faced on a conference call the day before. For instance, the company was already late releasing its Q4 numbers and what they did…

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Facilitating U.S. – Cuba Business Partnerships

By Emily Grim, Associate, Reneo Consulting LLC On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, just a short-time after the president’s historic visit to Havana, American citizens are left wondering how this shift in diplomatic relations will affect our country and, more importantly, what our changing…

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Do Former Sell-Side Analysts Make the Best IR Officers?

By Rob Berick, Senior Vice President / Managing Director, Falls Communications There seems to be an increasingly steady influx of former sell-side analysts becoming IR officers at the companies they once covered. In fact, a recent study by the National Investor Relations Institute and Korn/Ferry International found that only 12 percent of new IROs have a background…

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The Encroachment of Start-ups on Wall Street

By Leslie Bocskor, Managing Partner, Electrum Partners The reverberations from the recent financial crisis are, to this day, still being felt. The Complete Credit Collapse and Asset Price Meltdown (often called mistakenly the Great Recession in the media, understandably) , while initially seeming to be a disastrous, cataclysmic event for all those with mutual funds, allowed…

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Nasdaq Announces Acquisition of Marketwired

Press release distribution and media monitoring service expected to significantly enhance Nasdaq’s corporate offerings and product suite. Compiled By CommPro.biz Editorial Staff Nasdaq, Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Marketwired, a provider of news distribution services and analytics for communications professionals. Marketwired services over 8,500 clients, private…

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Should I Stay or IPO Now?

In 2016, it Could Depend on Your Sector When planning an IPO, proper timing and pricing are perhaps the most important decisions to be made. However, with volatile markets, interest rate increases and an ongoing economic recovery, significant questions exist about whether the current environment is conducive to going public. The answer is that at…

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Short Story: The Coexistence of FINRA and Social Media

By Jeff Mard, Vice President, HMG Company [You walk into a conference room] Hi there.   Ever go into a conference room and…. wait… if you are not working in the financial services space… take a moment to excuse yourself from this post.………… [After the conference room door closes] Jeff: [leaning over the table] Ok, pfst……

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A Prescription to Combat the New Year’s Hangover

By Jeffrey Goldberger, Managing Partner, KCSA As the clock struck midnight last week ushering in the New Year, many hoped for a successful start to 2016. Fast-forward to the first day of trading for 2016 and those hopes were quickly dashed. With negative news coming out of China and oil prices continuing to tank, the Dow…

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Helping Investors Stay Calm in a Volatile Market

By Nati Katz, Manager, Technology Practice, Burson-Marsteller Senior and longtime market experts claim that what happens during the first few days of January dictates the year’s overall stock market performance. If that’s true, and considering the opening trading day of 2016, investors have a lot to worry about. The first day of trading in 2016…

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Be Prepared, But Don’t Jump to Conclusions

By John McInerney, Group Vice President, Makovsky The first trading day of 2016 has been a brutal one in global stock markets. In China’s stock market lost 7%, Germany’s was off 4%, and Japan’s fell 3%. By the time trading started in the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off around 325 points only to…

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(2015 Top Report) Primer: Preparing for Shareholder Activism (DOWNLOAD)

Georgeson is the leader in helping clients prepare for and respond to shareholder activism, one of the most urgent topics in corporate governance today.  Download this primer to help understand these three components of activist preparation: Vulnerability assessment. Identify issues that could attract activist interest and tactics that may be used. Shareholder analysis. Evaluate your…

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Top 10 Investor Relations and SEC (Regulatory) Blogs of 2015

First things first. Thank you for reading Building Shareholder Confidence throughout 2015. Our readership continues to accelerate each year. Judging by our numbers, the tone (informative & “breezy”) and the topic-range fits the niches’ appetite. I’d like to think that informative & “breezy” aligns with our 2015 brand mission in regard to our products and services: intelligent value…

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The First Mile of the Annual Report Journey…

Even during the heavy lifting of “earnings seasons,” we’re now meeting with clients and prospects as they begin preparing for the production of their 2015 annual report and proxy. Amid all the strategic high-value conversations regarding messaging, transparency, engagement, access and compliance – the first words we almost always hear are “I need to save money from…

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