Pure Play Tech Stocks to Benefit from IaaS Growth

  • Okta and Zscalar are both in cloud cybersecurity. Okta is in the identity and access management market which secures access to APIs, provides single sign-on, and prevents data breaches by protecting identity credentials through multi-factor authorization.
  • Twilio is a common household name in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area due to a well-run developer evangelism team. This company was heavily promoted at every developer conference over the last 10 years and you can bet that most of its revenue comes from a very loyal fan base. Twilio’s cloud products are voice-based and SMS/text messaging based, as well as other communication functions through APIs. The translation here is that you can essentially make phone calls and send text messages in the cloud, for instance, like when you call or text through Lyft’s ride share app. Developer-led technologies with strong adoption and loyalty are hard for competitors to shake. In fact, it’s one of the primary key metrics I look for when making tech stock buys.
  • Slack is also a common household name in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area, and the 8 million subscriber base in 2018 includes 50% global teams in Europe and Asia. Slack is a collaboration hub for work that lets you communicate across multiple team members without having to create long and confusing email threads. There are many productivity features such as sharing files, making calls in-app, and having separate work spaces and threads. Programmers were especially fond of Slack in the beginning and now it’s caught fire across all departments. In fact, I’m currently logged into Slack as I type this communicating with my team.
  • Veevo is disrupting the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries by assisting with sales and operations while meeting health industry regulations. Veeva has a history of being an outlier with no competition to speak of, and is one of the rare companies that was already profitable when it made its public offering in 2013. Today, Veeva is close to securing the fifth spot for a cloud software company to reach $1 billion in revenue. If Veeva does hit TAM, an exit strategy could be a solid acquisition for deep pocketed Walgreens, CVS or Amazon who has big ambitions to get into pharmaceuticals.
  • Workday is a cloud platform that increases productivity across HR and finance. This is done through machine learning, analytics and real-time reporting through a cloud platform. Products include financial management and human capital management. Workday is a large cap company and is ranked as the 27thlargest internet company by revenue and is one of the first five software companies to achieve $1 billion in revenue.

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Beth Kindig

Beth Kindig

CEO and Lead Tech Analyst for the I/O Fund with cumulative audited results of 141%, beating Ark and other leading active tech funds over four audit periods in 2