There is a marquis name that has appeared on the S-1s of the most high-profile IPOs in the past two years — Goldman Sachs. And joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt New York is the man responsible for many of the investment bank’s bets on technology, Anthony Noto, the global co-head of Goldman Sachs’ global telecommunications, media and technology group in investment banking.
After a number of well-performing IPOs for technology companies (Workday), some controversial ones (Facebook), and offerings that have performed dismally in the financial markets (Groupon and Zynga), the jury is still out on whether Wall Street gets Sand Hill Road (disclosure: the TMT group worked on some of these IPOs, not specifically Noto). Noto and Goldman Sachs have been the underwriters for all of these companies, and with the next wave of technology companies, such as Box, Dropbox and others, expected to go public; we can expect Goldman Sachs to be a driving force.
Is there an IPO market for consumer technology companies in the future, or is enterprise king among bankers these days? What can be learned by Facebook’s messy public offering? Noto will be answering these questions and many more in a couple of weeks.
He joins our list of Disrupt NY speakers that currently includes Bill Gurley, Chamath Palihapitiya, John Donahoe, Roelof Botha, Ron Conway and David Lee, with more to be announced.
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Anthony Noto is global co-head of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Group. Before that, he was co-head of the Global Media Group for TMT Investment Banking. Anthony rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2010 after serving as the National Football League’s executive vice president and chief financial officer for nearly three years. While at the NFL, he oversaw league-wide finance and strategy functions, including corporate development, labor finance, operational finance and accounting, tax and treasury.
Prior to joining the NFL, Anthony was the Internet, Entertainment and Cable Equity Research analyst and business unit leader for the Communications, Media and Entertainment Equity Research team at Goldman Sachs.
Anthony joined the firm in 1999 in Equity Research to cover the Internet sector and added coverage of the Entertainment sector in 2003. He was a top-ranked analyst in both the Internet and Entertainment sectors in the annual Institutional Investor poll and Greenwich Survey from his first year covering each sector. Anthony also achieved the distinction of being the No. 1 ranked Internet analyst from 2003 to 2007. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2004.
Prior to first joining Goldman Sachs, Anthony worked at Lehman Brothers, where he was part of the Institutional Investor All-American Team covering the Broadline Retailing sector. Before transitioning to equity research, Anthony was a brand manager at Kraft Foods and a captain in the U.S. Army as a telecommunications officer. Anthony serves on the boards of Women’s World Banking and Greenwich Academy.
Anthony was a U.S. Army Ranger, an All-East and Academic All-American football player, and the No. 1 graduate in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1991. He also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.