Artificial Intelligence

An analysis of the current M&A landscape

John Donegan

Published on December 14, 2020

As the pandemic eventually comes to a resolution, we will likely see a resurgence of M&A activity. Timothy Kasbe, president of Zoho Corporation, weighs in on the influence of private equity firms, the recent SPAC boom, and what the overall landscape will look like in the upcoming months.

Seeing as Kasbe recently completed his doctoral studies in the ethics of artificial intelligence, we also took some time to discuss the effects of AI and its potential to bring about change. Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important to IT personnel, and it’s vital that we remain cognizant of the effects that AI is likely to have on society, business models, and management teams.


  • The state of the M&A landscape
  • Cybersecurity as a threat to deals during the COVID era
  • Traditional IPOs, direct listings, and SPACs
  • The cultural aftermath of an acquisition and the influence of private equity firms
  • AI regulation and the potential to stifle innovation
  • Technological job displacement
  • Artificial general intelligence
John Donegan

John Donegan

Enterprise Analyst, ManageEngine

John is an Enterprise Analyst at ManageEngine. He covers infosec, cybersecurity, and public policy, addressing technology-related issues and their impact on business. Over the past fifteen years, John has worked at tech start-ups, as well as B2B and B2C enterprises. He has presented his research at five international conferences, and he has publications from Indiana University Press, Intellect Books, and dozens of other outlets. John holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. from Boston University.

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