Is SaaS doomed?

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christophjanz.blogspot.comIf one looks at the stock price development of public SaaS companies in the last few weeks, one could come to the conclusion that SaaS is over the hill. Salesforce.com: 17% down from its 52 week high. Veeva: 30% down from its 52 week high. Workday is 29% down, Box 47%, Hubspot 22%. Everyone got hit, as you can see in Tomasz Tunguz’ post about the topic.

There are several reasons why this conclusion (that SaaS is past its prime) is wrong. Firstly, it’s not just SaaS stocks which took a dive. The NASDAQ and the Dow Jones are both down more than 13% from their 52 week highs, too. Secondly, as this chart of the BVP Cloud Computing Index shows, SaaS stocks have outperformed the market significantly in the last couple of years, and it’s not surprising that when the market corrects, stocks that went up more strongly than others are going down more strongly as well.

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