2017-08-11

Business Valuation: Aswath Damodaran On The Value of a User (video)

Aswath Damodaran - The Value of a User

Video above published Jul 26, 2017: While traditional business valuations have treated cash flow as the ultimate metric for gauging success, many of today's companies focus more on the size of their user community than their bottom line. Responding to evolving perspectives, newer valuation models attempt to assign value to individual consumers, but these models involve a series of assumptions and generalizations that do not always withstand scrutiny. Using Uber as a case study, this session compares and contrasts user-based valuation models with more traditional discounted cash flow (DCF) models, identifying where they converge and diverge.

Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is a Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. He received a B.A. in Accounting from Madras University, an M.S. in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California. He has been voted “Professor of the Year” by the graduating M.B.A. class five times during his career at NYU. In addition, Professor Damodaran is the author of several highly-regarded and widely-used academic texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Investment Management. Professor Damodaran currently teaches Corporate Finance and Equity Instruments & Markets. His research interests include Information and Prices, Real Estate, and Valuation.

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