Corum Group Chairman to speak at Softletter’s SaaS University Conference in Washington DC

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Corum Group's Chairman Ward Carter will be speaking on SaaS M&A at the upcoming Softletter SaaS University on July 20-22 in Washington DC. Carter, a veteran software industry executive with over 14 years experience in software and SaaS M&A, has lead many significant transactions in the software field. A frequent industry speaker, Carter will be addressing trends in acquisitions of Software and SaaS companies, including valuations, changes in structure, and how to build value to attract the best buyers and highest valuations. The Softletter event is the leading industry forum for Software and SaaS executives looking for ways to build their business and attracts knowledgeable industry speakers from throughout the world.

SaaS University DC Event Features Ward Carter, M&A Advisor and Chairman of Corum Group

I've gone to other SaaS conferences and got tips; I went to Softletter's Chicago conference and got hard data and answers

Corum Group’s Chairman Ward Carter will be presenting a special session on trends in Software and SaaS M&A entitled SaaS Valuation Premium – Time to Sell? at the SaaS University Conference in Washington DC July 20-22.

In a recent industry paper, Carter noted “With a record 300% volume increase in Tech M&A in Q1, and a record valuation increase over the last 12 months, every buyer is looking for acquisitions - at the top of their wish lists are SaaS companies. Strategic buyers sit at near seven-year stock price highs, flush with record amounts of cash, and financial buyers are now back in the game with over $500 Billion burning a hole in their pockets. This is creating what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a “SaaS Premium” for your company. “

SaaS University is all about hard data and practical execution strategies for SaaS and cloud applications companies. The event includes more than 30 separate sessions, including SaaS sales and marketing, finances, transition to SaaS, and Cloud/Infrastructure. Attendees also receive Softletter's 2010 SaaS report which provides valuable benchmarks and proprietary industry data.

Ward Carter is Chairman of the Corum Group, the leading seller of software and related technology companies. Corum has done landmark SaaS merger and other transactions with many of the leaders in the SaaS field including and Concur. Ward has personally been at the vanguard of the SaaS revolution, running many of the leading valuation and negotiation forums. He was also a contributor for nearly five years with Softletter and other leading software industry pubications as an expert on topics related to software and technology M&A.

About Ward Carter:
Mr. Carter's technology background includes field and management positions with Burroughs Corporation (later Unisys). Later, as vice president of a Wall Street investment firm and as a principal in a regional venture capital firm, Mr. Carter raised funds for ventures in computer hardware, software, and biotech. As an executive for a Seattle-based archival storage software company he attracted venture capital and assisted in the eventual acquisition of the company. As the president of InfoMatrix, and later of Discovery Sales + Marketing, Mr. Carter provided strategic consulting support to emerging software companies.

In 1997 Mr. Carter joined Corum Group where he has successfully managed numerous software mergers & acquisitions worldwide, and was appointed president in 2006 and Chairman in 2010. He graduated with Honors from Seattle University with a BA in Business.

About Corum Group:
The global leader in software M&A, Corum Group has specialized in serving software and technology companies for over 25 years from its network of offices throughout North America and Europe. The company has created more than 6 billion in wealth for its clients while completing over 220 software M&A transactions. With an experienced team of senior M&A advisors backed by top industry valuation and research analysts and the industry’s most comprehensive database of potential buyers and investors, Corum offers unparalleled support in achieving its clients' M&A objectives.

About SaaS University
For four years Softletter's SaaS University has provided actionable SaaS benchmarks, metrics, and hard data not available from any other source. The 2010 event showcases SaaS Communities for Growth and Profitability as well as Private Meetings with VC and M&A Experts.

All Washington D.C. attendees will also receive their choice of either the 2010 Softletter US SaaS Report or the 2010 EuroSaaS Report. Each report contains over 500 pages of up-to-date and invaluable information on SaaS operational and business metrics. Key breakouts by company revenue size, development stage, country (EuroSaaS), and years in business - a $499 value. Plus a complimentary three month subscription to Softletter, which includes six issues at an additional $100 value.

See why Gary Skiba, CEO, Midamak said "I've gone to other SaaS conferences and got tips; I went to Softletter's Chicago conference and got hard data and answers," Register today for the Washington, D.C., event on July 20, 21 and 22 - 30 sessions, five keynotes, four workshops, three days - or other venues in the US and Europe.


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