Internet, Entertainment & Consumer

Laura Martin, CFA
Senior Analyst, Entertainment, Cable & Media

Telephone: (917) 373-3066

Laura Martin joined Needham & Company in 2009, where she publishes research on the largest Internet, entertainment and cable companies. Martin began her career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in media investment banking. After the Drexel bankruptcy, she moved to Capital Research & Management as a media analyst where she advised $100 billion and managed a $500 million portfolio of media stocks. She moved to Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994 as the senior media analyst publishing research on the largest U.S. entertainment and cable companies. She was nationally ranked by Institutional Investor magazine each year between 1999 and 2001. In 2002, Martin moved to Paris to become EVP of Financial Strategy and Investor Relations for Vivendi Universal. In 2004, she founded Media Metrics, LLC publishing equity research on the largest entertainment, cable and Internet stocks in the U.S., where she was nationally ranked as “Best of the Independent Research Boutiques” by Institutional Investor for many years. In 2004, she also joined Capital Knowledge, LLC ( to provide expert witness testimony and valuation consulting. Laura received her BA from Stanford and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Sean McGowan
Senior Analyst, Leisure & Lifestyle

Telephone: (212) 705-0466

Sean McGowan joined Needham & Company in 2007. Prior to that, Sean was at Wedbush Morgan, where he was managing director and associate director of research. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as an analyst covering toys and specialty retailers at Harris Nesbitt and its predecessors, including serving as director of research from 1998 to 2002. Sean was ranked among the top five in his sector in The Financial Times and Starmine’s “Starmine Awards” 2010 analyst survey. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Hofstra University.

Kerry Rice
Senior Analyst, Internet & Digital Media

Telephone: (415) 262-4890

Kerry Rice joined Needham & Company in 2011. Prior to that, Kerry was a research analyst at Wedbush Securities covering companies in the Internet and e-Commerce space. He also worked as a research analyst at Pacific Growth focusing on the communications space and prior to that analyzed the communications software space as a research analyst at JPMorgan (formerly Hambrecht and Quist). In addition, Kerry worked at Alcatel for several years in research & development as an accounting manager. He holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Accounting and Economics, both from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Charles Wolf
Senior Analyst, Digital Lifestyle

Telephone: (212) 705-0447

Charles Wolf joined Needham & Company in 2000. Charlie is well known for his two signature publications, Wolf Bytes and Wolf Bits, which provide in-depth analysis of significant industry issues. He began an 18-year career in the Finance Division of the Columbia Business School in 1966, rising from assistant professor to professor, during which time he published many articles on financial economics and decision theory in major academic journals. He is also co-author of The Role of Private Placements in Corporate Finance, published by Harvard University Press. Mr. Wolf joined the equity research department at Credit Suisse First Boston (then The First Boston Company) in 1984. Between 1988 and 1993, he was elected to Institutional Investor’s “All-America Research Team” in the personal computer industry category. Between 1993 and 1996, he was a consultant to CS First Boston, managing the “New Analysts Program” and writing on the Economic Value Added approach to stock analysis. In May 1996, he rejoined CS First Boston as an analyst covering the PC industry, a position held until October 1998. From November 1998 to November 2000, Mr. Wolf was an analyst covering the PC and enterprise hardware industries at UBS Warburg. He earned his AB, MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard.

Dan Medina

Dan Medina
Research Analyst, Entertainment, Cable & Media

Telephone: (212) 705-0295

Dan Medina joined Needham & Company in 2009. He began his career in New York as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers, Inc. He then moved to the investment banking department of Bear, Stearns & Co., in LA. In 1992, Dan began working in the business development and corporate advisory groups within the Bank of Tokyo at its U.S. subsidiary, Union Bank of California. In 1996, he moved to Avco Financial Services to become head of acquisitions and divestitures for North and South America. In 2000, he founded Capital Knowledge, LLC, a financial consulting firm providing expert witness testimony, capital markets advice, and valuation services to senior management teams. Dan received his AB from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.


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