Our Technology Team looks for disruptive technologies that have the potential to create new markets or change the playing field in existing markets. We identify, follow and recommend companies that could benefit from these new trends. In addition to writing company-specific research reports our analysts publish several insightful white papers yearly on key disruptive technologies such as the Cloud, 5G wireless, artificial intelligence, and software-as-a-service. Besides being knowledgeable in the fundamentals, our team are skilled in using the most relevant valuation metric to value a technology company showing very high growth rates.
Our research coverage includes communications and infrastructure software, financial technology, internet, communications and Cloud services, SaaS/applications software, analytics, collaboration and infrastructure software, online travel, semiconductors, and emerging technology and services.
Communication Software/Infrastructure Software
Shaul Eyal is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Communications, Security, and Infrastructure Software sectors and is one of Wall Street's leading experts in those spaces. He started his equity research career covering Israeli technology related equities for the firm. Shaul holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University and an LL.B with honors from Oxford Brookes University. He served for five years in the Special Forces of the Israeli Defense Forces, where he held the rank of Lieutenant.
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Jason Helfstein is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Internet sector. He oversees all aspects of the firm's Internet strategy and his coverage includes Consumer Internet, eCommerce, Online Advertising and Digital Media. Jason has been with the firm since 2002, previously covering Media and Advertising, before shifting his focus to the Internet. Prior to Oppenheimer, Jason worked at Salomon Smith Barney on the Institutional Investor ranked broadcasting and cable research group. He is a top analyst according to the Wall Street Journal's annual 2010 poll, and received similar recognition from Forbes Magazine in 2009 and 2010. Jason began his career in equity research at Schroder Wertheim. He holds Finance and Communications degrees from Syracuse University.
Timothy K. Horan, CFATitle:
Communication & Cloud Services
Tim Horan is Managing Director and Senior Analyst heading the Communication and Cloud Services research team. He joined the firm in 1998, and has been covering the sector since 1994. Tim researches a broad range of communications and cloud companies with a focus on emerging services and applications.
Prior to 1998, Tim was a research analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams. He has been a award receipent of both the Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey and Wall Street Journal All Star Analysts. Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Tim worked as a civil engineer on various construction projects in the New York area. Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA degree in Finance, with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors, from Columbia Business School in 1994.
Koji Ikeda, CFATitle:
Koji Ikeda is an Executive Director and Senior Analyst covering the SaaS/Applications Software space with Brian Schwartz. Koji has been working on the SaaS/Applications Software team with Brian since joining Oppenheimer in 2012. In 2019, he was the #3 ranked Top Stock Picker in the annual Refinitive/Starmine analyst awards for the Software industry. In 2018, he was named a Top 100 Wall Street Analyst (#78) by TipRanks. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, he was on the equity research team at Roth Capital Partners covering the eCommerce, Internet, and Media sectors. Koji holds a BSBA from the University from Southern California and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. He also is a CFA charterholder.
Online Travel & Internet
Jed Kelly is an Executive Director and Senior Analyst covering Online Travel and Internet. Jed has been a member of Jason Helfstein’s Internet team at the firm since 2012. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Jed covered the U.S. and Canadian infrastructure sector at Cannacord Genuity He began his career at KPMG in their Audit and Assurance practice auditing consumer and financial services companies. Jed received a B.B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and a M.A. in Accounting from Loyola University in Chicago.
Analytics, Collaboration, and Infrastructure Software
Ittai Kidron is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Analytics, Collaboration and Infrastructure Software which includes storage, networking and the data management and virtualization layers. Prior to Oppenheimer, Ittai was an investment banker at Bear Stearns covering the Telecommunication industry. He began his career at KPMG as an auditor. Ittai holds an MBA with Highest Honors from the University of Chicago and a BA in accounting and economics with Honors from the Tel Aviv University in Israel. He served for three years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a senior investigator in the Military Police.
Richard E. SchaferTitle:
Rick Schafer is Managing Director and Senior Analyst and leads the firm's Semiconductor franchise. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a financial analyst and market researcher for Eurofon, Inc. & Co. KG Germany, a subsidiary of wireless test and measurement equipment manufacturer LCC, L.L.C. Rick received an international MBA from the University of South Carolina and holds BS degrees in Finance and Multinational Business from Florida State University.
Brian Schwartz is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the SaaS/Applications Software space. Brian has extensive experience in the SaaS/Applications software space, having covered the sector for over 20 years. He was recognized by the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” annual survey for the software sector; and in 2017 as a top stock picker for software and services by Thomson Reuters, and as a top 5 financial analyst by TipRanks. In 2013, he was awarded the #1 stock picker in the Financial Times|StarMine Analyst Awards. His research is focused on finding disruptive macro and micro software trends. His research methodology is based on proprietary survey-driven micro research on covered companies and framed by in depth macro research on the technology sector. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, he was a senior analyst at ThinkEquity covering SaaS/Applications software, and he has also held the same positions at Piper Jaffray, Montgomery and Co., and RBC Capital Markets. Brian also brings several years of general industry experience as President and Founder of event-based marketing company Pyramid Sports and also as Business Development Manager at RCM Technologies. Brian holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Michigan State University.
Emerging Services and Technology
Andrew is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Emerging Services and Technology companies. He initially focused on the emerging Israeli technology companies before broadening his coverage to Emerging Technology and Service companies. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Andrew worked in equity research at Ardour Capital and also in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. He started his career in various finance and accounting positions at Lannett Company and Lordi Consulting. Andrew holds a BS in Management and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Analytics, Collaboration and Infrastructure Software and Communication Technology Solutions
George Iwanyc is a Director covering Analytics, Collaboration and Infrastructure Software and Communication Technology Solutions, which includes storage, networking and the data management and virtualization layers. Prior to Oppenheimer, George was a principal industry analyst at Gartner Group covering the semiconductor industry. He began his career at Lockheed Martin as a reliability engineer. George holds an M.B.A. with Honors from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Martin Yang, CFATitle:
Emerging Technologies and Services
Martin is Senior Analyst covering Emerging Technologies and Services. He began his equity research career at Oppenheimer in November 2011, initially focusing on semiconductor and semiconductor equipment companies before broadening his coverage to consumer hardware and video game sectors. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Martin worked for Keating Investments as an investment analyst. During this period, he participated in evaluation of high growth technology companies in their pre-IPO equity financing stage. Martin earned an MS in Finance from the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver in 2010. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China.