About Public Comps

Jon Ma | June 10, 2019

Why We Started Public Comps

After falling in love with software investing, Howard and I realized how important it was to pull accurate financial data for each public company. However, we soon began to hate the manual process of going through SEC filings to look for individual financial metrics. Worse, when we went on Morning Star or Yahoo Finance, sometimes the data would even be wrong! To cheap to pay for CapIQ or Factset, we decided to automate the annoying parts of gathering financial metrics so others didn't have to go through our pain. We also realized how much we were learning in venture software investing could be helpful for the everyday investor to better understand public SaaS companies. Hopefully you find our content and product useful as you identify potential SaaS investments.

Howard Chen - Co-founder

Howard is a co-founder of Publiccomps.com. He is also a senior full-stack engineer at SignalFire. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he completed his B.A. in Computer Science (2016).While at Berkeley, he was a student instructor for DS 8 (the data science core) and the co-creator and lead instructor of a web development course. Howard previously interned at Salesforce (2014), and Groupon (2015). At Salesforce, he built hybrid Javascript applications on the Salesforce1 Platform.

Jon Ma - Co-founder

Jon is a co-founder of Publiccomps.com. He is also a senior associate at Signalfire where he focuses on venture and growth-stage investments. Prior to joining SignalFire, Jon was an investment analyst at Insight Venture Partners, a leading growth-stage software fund, where he sourced and evaluated growth-stage software investments. Jon graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University (2015) with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Machine Learning and Statistics.

Please note in all of Public Comps content, the views represented are that of Howard Chen and Jon Ma's only and not that of our current employer SignalFire or our previous employers. Take everything you read with a grain of salt and none of our content is investment advice!