A Deep Dive on Zoom’s IPO

👋 In today’s update, we’re talking about Zoom.

  • What do they do, what products do they sell, and who are their competitors?
  • Are they an economic franchise or just a business?
  • What’s their ceiling? Risks?

Resources used in this article:

  • Zoom’s S-1: Management’s discussion about their business starts on page 54.
  • Alex Clayton’s breakdown of Zoom’s S-1.

An Overview of Zoom

What do they do?

Zoom was founded in 2011 by Eric Yuan. Eric was a lead engineer for Cisco Systems Webex product (collaboration product similar to Zoom). Zoom helps companies communicate through video. They enable face-to-face communication through video, audio, and chat in a single meeting across different devices (desktop, iPhone, iPad) and different locations. For example, they’ve helped one customer with 1,000 all-remote employees, grow and maintain their culture.

Their goal is simple: To make Zoom meetings better than in-person meetings.

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How NEXTera Energy Became the King of Green Power

Resources used:

Financial statements | Income, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. You can’t edit but you can copy and make your own.

Funding and capital structure


Who is the world’s largest operator of wind and solar farms? It’s also America’s most valuable power company. Still stumped? It’s by design reports the WSJ.

NEXTera Energy (NEE) has grown into the largest power company mostly under the radar.

Let’s see how…

Three important points to their success

• They were focused on business fundamentals and not the Hollywood status that comes with being a champion for green power.

• Only built new sites after it lined up customers. This way, they avoided debt problems that sank rivals such as SunEdison. Instead of debt, they used federal tax credits.

• Has been led by the same executives for 15 years. The CEO, James Robo, came from GE and preaches financial discipline. He avoids hiring the type of workers who join the industry to change the world. 

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Can iRobot Reach 26 Million Households?

Resources used in this article:

2018 10-k  | The 10-k starts on page 93. The preceding 92 pages are the proxy statement.

Financial statements | Income, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. You can’t edit, but you can copy and make your own.

• 2018 analyst day slide presentation.


iRobot (IRBT)

iRobot (IRBT) is the best known public company and market leader in the consumer robot category. Their most popular product is the Roomba(left picture).

Company overview

iRobot is a consumer robot company that designs and builds robots that empowers people to do more both inside and outside the home.

A more complete overview can be found in their 10-k; pg. 94 of the document. The first 93 pages of the PDF is the proxy statement.

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