Annual Top-Ten Technology Predictions GP Bullhound’s Crystal Ball

Back by popular demand…G.P Bullhound’s Annual Top-Ten Technology Predictions. I shared these exclusive Annual Predictions last year, as I was impressed with their previous accuracy and the depth of their research on technology trends affecting our personal and professional lives.
I learned about this investment banking firm when they were a client of mine…and the most prolific one specializing in the technology space in America and Europe. They close more financing deals than any other Technology-oriented investment banks.
They agreed to let me share these Predictions with you again this year.
Learn what they are saying about Mobility, Security, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Software, Wireless, and the emerging leaders in these sectors.
Check them out!
How strongly do you agree or disagree?
Kudos to G.P Bullhound for their Research, analysis, and willing to make their stands and share with us.
Hope you benefit from their insights. Enjoy!

Digital Banking Continues to Rise

Tech-savvy millennials are driving the adoption in digital banking services

Traditional players are attempting to provide their own digital banking solutions

Some areas in the banking ecosystem remain uncapitalized by large players

There are associated risks and uncertainties around digital banking solutions

App Distribution Moving away from Apple and Google 

Some developers are considering cutting ties with the Appstore and Play store

Tech Giants are creating their own separate platforms to host their applications

Startup’s are developing more consumer and distributor friendly models

Employee Engagement Goes High Tech

Firms are exploring how technology can find the right talent and do so with zero bias

M&A activity shows that there is interest in Human Capital Management (HCM)

There are risks and concerns regarding the technology despite its potential

Retail Technology Gets Smarter

Most purchases are conducted offline, despite growth in digital retail

Companies are initiating the next generation of retail, combining physical and digital

Start- ups are providing an array of possible solutions to enhance physical retail

Artificial Intelligence is the End of Repetition, not the End of Life

From the 1910s to the 2000s, labor distribution has changed to reflect shifts in society

AI has the potential to –and increasingly will – solve important issues for the labor force

Though concerns exist around impact of AI and workforce automation, we believe working conditions will improve

AI will improve working conditions and the working experience

Many innovators in the space are painting a picture of symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence

Consumer Subscription Set to Eclipse Advertising

Software as a Service (SaaS) has become predominant enterprise software model

Ad-backed model misdirects companies to create as much demand for ad space, instead of improving user experience and satisfaction

Subscription based platforms are incentivized to improve their product and retain a loyal user

A Break-Up of an Advertising Duopoly

2018 = A watershed year for Amazon after relaunching its Advertising Services

It is ripe for Amazon to establish itself as a market leader in online advertising

Agencies and platforms are positioning themselves to help account managers navigate Amazon’s  constantly evolving platform

The need for an end-to-end partner is greater than ever

Last Minute Delivery Going the Distance

Users expect fast delivery to come as standard

The last leg of the delivery is the most expensive and inefficient aspect of shipping

Crowdsourced delivery is considered as a less asset-intensive method for delivery

Urban warehouses are under development to assist firms for fast deliveries

Companies are creating mobile warehouses to have inventory on-hand closer to customer’s doorsteps

End of the Boys Club

Investors are accelerating the success of female founders and women in Venture Capital

These investment strategies have garnered support from many LP counterparts

Female entrepreneurs are rewriting the narrative at the startup level as well

We are seeing a push for change from the top to unify the tech industry’s decision makers

Professional Capital Sources Scouting for Entry Points into Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies moving from the periphery into the mainstream and putting blockchain at the front of the corporate agenda

Our 2018 report “Token Frenzy, the fuel of the blockchain”, predicted a correction at a time of unprecedented euphoria

Interest in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) from financial institutions is in full speed

We predict 2019 will be the year of institutional capital inflow into blockchain

Click here to see their 2019 Technology Predictions Presentation 

 

 

Sonoma & Napa County Wildfires: Stanton Chase Raises $10,000 for Victims

While Napa and Sonoma Counties have gained notoriety around the globe for their outstanding wines, they recently were in the news for their destructive wildfires.  High winds and dry vegetation and hilly terrain all combined to create a fire storm that raced overnight through parks, vineyards, homes, businesses, hotels, and stores.  Tens of thousands were evacuated in the dead of night in the nicest of neighborhoods.

Wildfires came perilously close to Sonoma’s Scribe Winery, but CalFire crews held the flames back and the winery is still standing.

The fires burned over 5,000 homes, 210,000 acres, hundreds of businesses, and took over 40 lives.  Thick smoke and ashes blocked sunlight around the Bay Area for many days.  Thousands remain displaced today, and face the grim reality of having lost all their possessions and in need of rebuilding their homes.

Stanton Chase – San Francisco came together as a team to respond to this tragedy.  In addition to the many volunteers who served the evacuees in make-shift shelters, money needed to be raised to immediately get people back on their feet.  Our team wanted to help, so we set a goal to raise $10,000 for fire victims.  Within a few days we donated our first check for $8,500 to Brett Martinez, CEO of the Redwood Credit Union and spokesperson for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.  We recently donated the balance of our $10,000 goal.

Brett Martinez, CEO of Redwood Credit Union (RCU) receiving check from Paul Herrerias.

We are proud to report due our underwriting of all fund-raising fees, selection of the best online tools, and generous donation distribution partners, that 100% of the funds from our donors went to the victims of these fires.  With our research team’s skills, our network in the community, and everyone’s caring and generosity, we came together as ordinary people but were able to accomplish an extraordinary act of support.

The slogans ”Sonoma Strong” and ”Love is Thicker than Smoke” will remain in our minds and hearts for many years to come.

Judy James, Chair of Santa Rosa Metro Chamber and Board Member- RCU, receiving latest check from Stanton Chase for North Bay Fire Relief Fund.

Side note: Just days before the fires broke out our team was selected to conduct the search for CEO for the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.  This new leader will have the opportunity to help Santa Rosa and Sonoma County to rebuild from the worst natural disaster since the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

To contribute to our ongoing fund-raising efforts:  www.youcaring.com/FriendsofNorCal

For photos and a chronicle of our efforts to keep our network informed of the fires, see my personal Facebook page. 

To read details of fire unfolding from Chamber Board Chair, Judy James: http://california.comcast.com/2017/11/14/employee-profiles-judy-james-comcasts-first-responder/

Fountaingrove Golf Clubhouse devastated by fire.

Charred statues all that remain of destroyed business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanton Chase – San Francisco meets Brett Martinez and Judy James. Our team pledged to raise $10,000.

STANTON CHASE/SAN FRANCISCO NAMES TECHNOLOGY REGIONAL PRACTICE LEADER

Steve Caliger | North America Technology Practice Leader

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Caliger, a Director with the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Stanton Chase, has been named North America Regional Practice Leader for the Technology Industry Practice Group.

The announcement was made by Paul Herrerias, Managing Director of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.  Stanton Chase is a global, retained executive search firm with more than 70 offices in 45 countries.

“Steve has distinguished himself as a leader in our growing technology practice,” said Herrerias. “Our technology practice is one of the most well regarded in the area, and much of that recognition is the result of his work with companies in this sector. In addition to Steve’s work in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, he has also developed strong relationships with our worldwide offices, assisting them with identifying top-tier technology candidates.”

Caliger has a large network and understanding of career and business success, leadership, sales, marketing, development, operations, and finance.  He   has held leadership positions with technology leaders, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, and IBM, as well as startups and early stage companies.

“I look forward to working with our worldwide offices in this capacity,” said Caliger. “The technology sector is growing at a rapid pace, and with this growth comes the need for strong leaders who will guide our client companies.”

Caliger also works in the Stanton Chase Industrial and Supply Chain/Logistics/Transportation Practice Groups.