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Go inside the businesses driving global innovation, changing the way we live and work. Sands Capital is an active, long-term investor, and each podcast in our What Matters Most series offers investors an in-depth look at a particular company, explains how our high-conviction strategy led us to target them, and why we expect them to be a leader going forward.

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Go inside the businesses driving global innovation, changing the way we live and work. Sands Capital is an active, long-term investor, and each podcast in our What Matters Most series offers investors an in-depth look at a particular company, explains how our high-conviction strategy led us to target them, and why we expect them to be a leader going forward.

https://www.sandscapital.com/WMM-Disclosure

    Kaspi: The Super App Reshaping Kazakhstan’s Financial Landscape

    Kaspi: The Super App Reshaping Kazakhstan’s Financial Landscape

    Explore digital innovation in Kazakhstan in this episode of What Matters Most, in which we spotlight Kaspi’s compelling super app ecosystem, which boasts nearly 70% of the country’s adult population as daily active users. Research Analyst Brian Crofton guides us through Kaspi’s growth into the country’s premier digital financial services company. Uncover the distinct challenges and prospects of operating and investing in Kazakhstan, a geopolitically intriguing emerging market, and learn how Kaspi is revolutionizing the financial sector, boosting consumer interaction as it cleverly layers its platform, and hoping to accelerate the future of digital finance.

    Episode Transcript Available Here.

    Show Notes:


    (02:18) What is a fintech, really? And the story of Kaspi’s super app transformation
    (04:26) An overview of the three main business lines and a strong business model
    (09:00) “Now let’s plop it [the business model] into Kazakhstan.”
    (18:03) Synergies across the network and Brian’s favorite insight into Kaspi
    (20:08) Mechanics of the business: An initial public offering (twice) and the Baring Vostok connection
    (25:38) Brian breaks down Kaspi’s relationship with Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan’s relationship with the elephant in the room.
    (32:23) Investing in businesses domiciled in Kazakhstan comes with some additional research.
    (35:48) Growth opportunities for Kaspi and the potential to reach maximum penetration
    (40:27) Careful not to understate the potential value of layering new services on an existing platform

    Related content from Sands Capital:


    Banking on Emerging Markets (article)
    Digital Transformation Spurs Financial Inclusion in Kazakhstan (article)


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    Inside Cadence: The Software Powering Semiconductor Breakthroughs.

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    • 44 min
    Inside Cadence: The Software Powering Semiconductor Breakthroughs

    Inside Cadence: The Software Powering Semiconductor Breakthroughs

    In this episode of What Matters Most, Sands Capital Sr. Research Analyst Daniel Pilling takes us on a deep dive into the world of Cadence, the leading software provider in the semiconductor industry. From the evolution of semiconductor design to the potential of generative AI, we explore the intricate processes and challenges in chip design. We delve into the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, the value addition in both leading edge and analog chips, and the strategic role Cadence plays in this dynamic ecosystem. With their software integrated into the manufacturing process of semiconductors, Cadence has the potential to shape the future of the industry.

    Episode Transcript ⁠Available Here⁠.

    Show Notes:


    (00:53) Cadence’s two offerings
    (03:00) Overview of the semiconductor manufacturing process (if you didn’t listen to the Entegris episode) and the three-legged stool analogy
    (05:34) Electronic design automation (EDA) tools and evolution of semiconductor design process
    (09:52) Physical limitations, shrinking transistors, and the laws of physics
    (13:04) Error reduction, adapting to increasing complexity, and generative AI
    (17:17) Daniel’s five- to 10-year view on whether AI is a future alternative to EDA
    (19:00) Who actually uses Cadence software?
    (21:49) A counter to the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry
    (23:31) The value added in analog chips, and legacy Cadence software
    (25:58) Frequency of chip re-architecting
    (28:22) Management team and a second act
    (30:55) Risks and how Cadence can benefit from the Jevons Paradox
    (34:25) Daniel’s not worried about “the wall of worry.”
    (36:05) The end of Moore’s Law and the paradigm shift to quantum chips
    (40:36) How did Daniel become an investor?
    (44:44) Daniel’s closing hypothesis and conviction in investments



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    What Matters Most, Episode 1: Entegris
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    Globant Takes A Design-First Approach to Pure Play Digital Service

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    • 50 min
    Globant Takes A Design-First Approach to Pure Play Digital Service

    Globant Takes A Design-First Approach to Pure Play Digital Service

    If you’ve never thought about investing in IT services, this podcast episode could change your mind. Sr. Research Analyst Eric Black takes you through the investment case for Globant, the world’s largest pure play design-first digital services provider. Asset-light businesses such as Globant can be hard to evaluate, but the opportunities in the 1.5 trillion market of IT Services are undeniable. Eric helps us see why, unpacking the potential of AI, Globant’s strategic business partnerships, and the loyalty the company has generated from the more than 1,500 Fortune 500 and Fortune 2000 companies on its client list. Globant’s cutting-edge software solutions have made their way into products at Disney, ESPN, and Google and are making lives easier around the globe.

    Episode Transcript Available Here

    Show Notes

    (01:50) Not a labor-cost arbitrage model

    (03:44) The Disney Magic Band. The Globant product you’ve probably already seen.

    (05:14) Tech companies don’t do everything in-house. Enter: Globant.

    (06:59) What makes Globant a growth business?

    (08:41) A Thought Leader in AI for the last decade and MaganifAI

    (11:45) The research process into digital transformation

    (14:31) A one-size-fits-all all approach would be antithetical to the way Globant operates

    (18:26) The pandemic boost and a global presence

    (21:51) “Value-added focus” and the power of a leader

    (25:10) The competitive moat for a huge market and Globant’s potential advantages

    (28:24) Competitors have the same advantages? Why we like Globant’s pure play angle.

    (31:19) The disruptors lying in wait

    (34:21) Staffing costs and flexing to keep margins high and remain profitable

    (36:25) Researching a company operating in intangibles: what’s different?

    (39:04) The portfolio managers visit Buenos Aires

    (40:44) From “why would you invest” to “what’s the insight”?

    (43:04) Responsible investing in human capital, labor rights and gender diversity

    (44:49) Nefarious digital technology and cybersecurity - Globant’s response.

    (49:26) Under the radar companies and enablers of big trends can make for great investments

    (52:56) Quick recap of Season 2 episodes



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    Revolutionizing Public Safety: The Axon Ecosystem

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    • 54 min
    Revolutionizing Public Safety: The Axon Ecosystem

    Revolutionizing Public Safety: The Axon Ecosystem

    Its mission is simple: protect life, preserve truth, and accelerate justice. As Axon Enterprises innovates to try to achieve that goal, its solutions are rapidly becoming the industry standard. In this episode of What Matters Most, Sands Capital Portfolio Manager and Sr. Research Analyst Danielle Menichella, CFA discusses the business’ journey from Taser maker to artificial intelligence-powered software developer. We’re diving deep into how its wide range of technologies work in tandem, what the future of public safety might look like—and why we believe all of this makes the business an attractive investment opportunity.

    Show Notes

    (2:22) Axon’s product line, from Tasers to body cameras

    (6:50) The ethical considerations of investing in a manufacturer of weapons and surveillance equipment

    (13:55) Eyeing untapped markets and finding opportunities in growing markets overseas

    (19:55) Using artificial intelligence for faster redactions, transcriptions, and archiving of bodycam footage

    (21:07) Navigating privacy concerns around surveillance devices and data storage

    (27:15) Preserving human accountability as public safety technology advances

    (35:50) The big question for Danielle: To be or not to be tased?

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    • 44 min
    Charging Ahead: Visa Shows No Signs of Slowing

    Charging Ahead: Visa Shows No Signs of Slowing

    This episode of What Matters Most dives into the evolutionary journey of Visa, a titan in the payments industry. Discover how the company continues to thrive by enabling innovation. Join Sands Capital Portfolio Managers Sunil Thakor and Michael Raab as they unpack the company's history, technology, and the formidable network that cements its position as an industry leader. From IPO to the present, we dissect the anatomy of Visa's enduring success.

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    • 37 min
    Reliance Industries: Fueling India's Emerging Consumer

    Reliance Industries: Fueling India's Emerging Consumer

    Reliance Industries’ portfolio of products and services touches almost every person in India on a daily basis—and fueled by favorable micro and macro trends, the company shows no signs of slowing down. In this episode, Sands Capital senior analyst Matt Luneburg, CFA explains why Sands Capital has a strong conviction in Reliance.


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    • 56 min

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