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?Forecast 2011? – Industry Luminaries Join Annual Tech M&A Webcast

“Forecast 2011” - Industry Luminaries Join Annual Tech M&A Webcast

"Forecast 2011" features industry luminaries panel, sponsored by software M&A firm Corum Group

Seattle, WA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 05, 2011

Corum Group, the leading software M&A specialist, will sponsor the 11th Annual M&A Forecast for Software, IT, Internet and Digital Media. This 90-minute “New Year, New Economy” event airs January 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The conference this year features a special panel of technology leaders spanning the spectrum of software and technology endeavor.

“With an unprecedented group of industry leaders to share their insights and predictions, we see this year's event drawing an even larger audience than the over 800 tech CEOs, investors and other participants from 32 nations we hosted in 2010,” said Nat Burgess, President of the Corum Group. “Corum Valuation Metrics on 26 market sectors, a lively panel of experts, and predictions from the World Technology Council will provide insights to help attendees enhance value.”

The first half of the webinar will include an industry overview, with deal highlights the past year, and an analysis of the six major market segments in the tech industry (Mobile, IT, Services, Consumer Applications, Infrastructure, SaaS, and Internet), broken into valuation forecasts for 26 separate sectors.

The second half of the webinar will present insights from the panel of industry luminaries and hands-on leaders, including inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and venture strategists, offering their insights on the previous year's M&A activity and trends opening up for audience Q&A at the end of the webinar. This session will feature a special section on “Warp Speed Growth” and the Top Ten Predictions from the World Technology Council.

Some of the experts scheduled for this annual event include:

IT Services: Ping Luo, computer scientist entrepreneur, President of VanceInfo North America, the #1 Chinese offshore software development vendor, fastest growing NYSE tech company in the world;

SaaS: Charles Rim, former corporate development Principal at Google, announcing his new venture as an Asian investor and entrepreneur himself;

Mobile: Reese Jones, inventor, entrepreneur and venture strategist, founder Netopia, acquired by Motorola for $ 208 million cash;

Consumer Applications: Jessica Tams, entrepreneur, founder of the international Casual Gaming Association with industry forecast;

Internet: David Lucatch, CEO of Intertainment Media Inc., Canada, “parallel entrepreneur” and President of internet hypergrowth phenomenon Ortsbo, Inc.

Infrastructure: Ric Merrifield, entrepreneur, now business scientist and cloud computing technical architecture strategist at Microsoft Corporation.

Q&A questions are welcomed from the audience via Webex throughout the webinar and are addressed at the end. Questions that are not addressed during the webinar, or those of a confidential nature, will be addressed privately following the event.

Registration is free on a first-come first-serve basis while seats last; to register, please visit

About Corum Webcast Events

Corum hosts monthly webinars which offer vital content and timely perspectives on current events in tech sectors like software and IT. These webinars regularly feature segments from guest speaker like Google, Cisco, EMC, IBM, HP and Microsoft, as well as leading private equity firms, executives and principals of recently acquired tech companies, and corporate development associates from Fortune 500 and other buyer companies around the world. In addition to guest speakers, other regular webinar features include an industry overview, focused on recent happenings, and the Corum Index, an analysis of industry valuation trends, as well as Q&A sessions.

About The Corum Group

For more than 25 years, Corum Group has been the global leader in M&A services for software and IT sectors. Corum has sold hundreds of companies and participants in Corum's M&A events (100 per year) have executed transactions worth more than one trillion dollars in value. With offices in eight countries, Corum researchers are able to keep an eye on deals around the globe, working in support of the industry’s premier team of dealmakers and M&A advisors who bring unmatched experience to their M&A transactions. Corum’s staff is led by principals with extensive service as former CEOs of their own tech companies, offering clients unparalleled expertise in M&A, and an unrivaled tradition of success. For more information, visit


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