Finding the next Microsoft has been the Holy Grail for many investors. However, anyone who has dabbled in technology stocks can't help but be dismayed at their extreme volatility--it's not unusual for tech stocks to gain or lose 10 to 20 percent in a single day. So how can you win in this market and find the next Cisco, Intel, or Oracle? The key to winning, says bestselling author Geoffrey Moore, is to play the "gorilla game."
Moore's previous two books, Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado, are the bibles for many marketing professionals and product managers. In these books, Moore describes the life cycle common to the successful adoption of technology products and pinpoints moments in the cycle, for example "the chasm," the "bowling alley," and the "tornado," where products can either flourish or fade away. In The Gorilla Game, Moore takes these concepts, with the help of coauthors Paul Johnson and Tom Kippola, applies them to finding gorilla stocks--stocks that dominate their market niche. The book looks at how the market values technology stocks and provides case studies of markets where gorillas have been born. Moore and his coauthors put their ideas to the test in the final chapter and pick a portfolio of stocks that they believe have the potential to become winners in the gorilla game. The result is a highly perceptive investment guide that anyone who's a fan of Moore's earlier work will find exciting and profitable. Highly recommended.
Each year at least one author comes out with a book touting investment opportunities in high-technology stocks. A recent example was Michael Murphy's Every Investor's Guide to High-Tech Stocks and Mutual Funds
(1997). Moore's is the early entry this year. He is chairman of a Silicon Valley consulting firm that specializes in marketing strategy, and he has written two books about marketing high-tech products, Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
(1991) and Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge
(1995). Here he turns his attention to the elements that turn companies into "gorillas," those firms that overwhelmingly dominate their markets, such as Microsoft and Cisco. With his marketing insights, Moore examines what it is small companies do to grow into gorillas; and he advises how to spot these companies before their stock prices soar. He uses Oracle and Cisco as case studies, and he suggests that two areas in which to search out future gorillas are the Internet and customer service software. David Rouse