buyouts

  • Not Just IPOs: The Surprising Increase of Big Liquidity through Buyouts (TCTV)

    Around 2006 there was a sudden increase in so-called “partial liquidations,” where entrepreneurs could take some money off the table during a mid-stage funding round. Considered unheard of at the time, now they’re the norm for companies doing well. Then in 2009, we saw the rise of secondary markets, which allowed early stage investors and employees to take some money off… Read More

  • The Boring Ultimatum: Microsoft threatens Yahoo!

    Just an update for those of you keeping score in the Microsoft vs Yahoo! potential merger/buyout/hostile takeover — I’ll keep this as short as possible. Microsoft sent a letter to Yahoo! basically saying “We’ve repeatedly tried to buy your company. You have three weeks to sell. If you don’t, we’ll just buy a bunch of your stock.” Yahoo! sent a letter… Read More

  • Sprint Sniffing Vonage

    Following the verdict of a catastrophic patent infringement suit from Verizon, one that likely signals the end of Vonage as we know it, word comes that Sprint could be exploring a buyout of the ill-fated VoIP provider. Although Vonage is also embroiled in a patent dispute with Sprint, sources indicate that Sprint is keen on the possibility of acquiring Vonage’s 2.4 million customers at… Read More

  • Best Buy Snaps Up Speakeasy

    The only reason I know that Speakeasy is an ISP is because they offer a fantastic speed-test. Web-apps aside though, Speakeasy customers may want to keep a close eye on bills and future price changes and user agreements now that Best Buy has bought your precious ISP. The retail giant paid a reported $97 million for the company and plans on boosting small business plans and services within the… Read More