Internet, Entertainment & Consumer
Laura Martin, CFA
Senior Analyst, Entertainment &Internet
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 (www.CapKnowledge.com) 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.
Senior Analyst, Leisure, Retail & Digital Gaming
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.
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.
Research Analyst, Entertainment &Internet
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.