How much would it cost to buy WSO

Lowkey think the interface and layout of this app is poor and pretty sure it generates $0 revenue.

Anyone have ball park numbers on a all cash deal?

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iercurenc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm curious about what is costs to maintain this site. I'm talking strictly the site hosting, not the courses and other career resources. Anyone have an estimate?

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Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You sure you work in finance bud? Is this your first time on the site? WSO has four pretty clear revenue streams

1. Ad revenue. Assuming you dont live under a rock and arent blind, surely you see the ads on the site. Do you think WSO puts them there out of brand loyalty, or because the companies pay a fee?

2. WSO Training Courses. When you enter the home page you see, at the very top of your page, the following quote, "Join 929,713+ students for the most modeling tests, the most cases and the best instructors from elite firms". So firms and individuals are paying for these services, seems like another fairly sizeable revenue stream, no?

3. Mentorship program. While the fees are generally low here, this is another service whereby WSO acts as the middleman for, generating revenue yet again. 

4. WSO Premium. Premium is yet another source of revenue whereby users pay for interview guides and specific firm data. 

So hopefully by now you can acknowledge that WSO can at least generate revenue. How much? Hard to say, but I bet it its more than you think given the # of site users and prospects trying to break into finance. 

Next, we have costs, which are likely very low. COGS for most of these services is 0 - <10%, so they have a gross margin far above 99% of companies. Next, we have opex, which is also going to be very low as SG&A and R&D are next to nothing. Lean # of FT employees and little to no R&D means fat operating income

So you have a company that has likely demonstrated exponential growth, is the sole player in a unique but growing market, and has a strong margin profile. 

But no, for sure you could buy it man. Looking forward to you submitting your IOI and revamping the site first year Analyst in S&T. 

Yeehaw22, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pretty detailed response thanks.

I love the passive aggressive insults as well. Actually been looking to lateral into corp dev any tips, should I blow $150k on my mba now or later?

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Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice job refuting any of the points I made, I can tell your response mirrored your OP in terms of thoughtfullness. 

Like S&T, most roles in Corp Dev dont require an MBA, its a pretty common exit op from IB / Consulting. I wouldn't expect you to know that given you thought a website (which does operate as a business and doesnt survive through subsidization) didnt generate revenue. 

I take it you're on the sales side of S&T, not a whole lot of critical thinking required. 

momnpopshop, what's your opinion? Comment below:

are you gonna answer the question or not dickhead


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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov

Can someone put together a simple analysis on this and share with the team? Would be good to see sometime tomorrow morning. Thx.

Pepsii, what's your opinion? Comment below:

They need to make peoples profiles more like social media websites, I want a banner to throw up funny / weird pics and a voice pronunciation like linkedin

  • Intern in IB-M&A

Don't forget pronouns!

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs

Patrick's probably reading this laughing at the fact that this guy thinks WSO doesn't make money.

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jl12, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I doubt he will do this but I would love for him to break down WSO from a business perspective. Even if it is just generalized, "ranged," information 

nalgenewatergod, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can you please fix the iPad app? You can only use it in portrait mode, not landscape which is really inconvenient for users who connect their device to a Magic Keyboard or padfolio.

Also the search feature has been busted since I joined the site but I'm assuming you're bucketing that into UI/UX

9d, what's your opinion? Comment below:

fwded to our mobile dev about the iPad's a tiny fraction of our traffic and we have limited budget but we'll try to get a workable landscape mode.

As far as search, can you tell me a specific search you tried where you couldn't find something?  there were indexing issues several months ago that were fixed and I think the results are much better now than historically.  thoughts?

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