The Art of the Counter

Let’s say you have committed to selling your company. You have worked the landscape of potential partners thoroughly. You have finally arrived at the point where someone sees enough value in what you and your team have created that they are prepared to put in an offer. You have formal and informal advisors who have educated you on the relevant value metrics for your market and your business. Even the buyer of your company has shared with you how they think about valuation and the sort of internal models … Read More

By |November 13th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

What Startups Can Learn From the 2013 Red Sox

Here at BA we are all big sports fans, and most of us root for the Red Sox. So after watching Big Papi and his bearded associates win the World Series last night, I started to think about some of the lessons that entrepreneurs and young companies can learn from Boston’s championship run.

Worst to first. Starting with their epic collapse in September 2011 and ending with a last-place finish in the AL East last season, the Red Sox suffered through an awful 12-month stretch, but overcame it this year … Read More

By |October 31st, 2013|Blog|0 Comments


The goal of “Trending and Top of Mind” is to provide readers with a brief summary of the deals and industry news that Bowen Advisors is focused on, as well as links to the blogs and news sources that we found most informative.

Here’s what’s trending and top of mind at Bowen Advisors:

Vonage Acquires Vocalocity for $130M  |  October 10, 2013

BA: Evidence of further consolidation in the Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) and hosted VoIP market, Vonage acquired Vocalocity for $130M (including $25M in stock consideration. Though more on the tangential, contact … Read More

By |October 28th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Apple, Microsoft, and Lessons for Digital Health

Apple’s recent announcement of a new series of iPads, Macs, and the newly “free” operating system and productivity applications reminds me of Microsoft in the 90’s.  Microsoft beat up Netscape and almost anyone with a utility application by including a “good enough” free version within their operating system. Today, Apple has a seamless user experience, including hardware, and is using it to lock Microsoft out of the tablet market.  Do we expect Apple to knock Microsoft Office out of companies everywhere?  Not likely, but Apple’s ecosystem will push Microsoft … Read More

By |October 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

The Mobile Internet and the Cambrian Explosion

How A 500-Year Old Fossil Field Helps Us Understand Today’s Technology Revolution

We are in the midst of a new technology discontinuity driven by exploding global adoption of increasingly powerful smartphones and other mobile devices. The combination of one billion interconnected users and rapidly expanding broadband wireless networks is driving a new innovation revolution that is impacting cultures and markets worldwide. A dizzying array of new mobile applications, devices and technologies are being introduced every day to feed the insatiable appetites of an expanding market of app-hungry consumers.

To understand how … Read More

By |October 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments