Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit

    IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit

    IBM confirmed that it has acquired video conferencing service UStream this morning. With several cloud video acquisitions in tow, the company also announced it was forming a new cloud video services unit. Fortune first reported the UStream purchase and reports peg the purchase price at $130 million. IBM would not confirm that amount. The new unit will be comprised of four acquisitions… Read More

  • IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    Anyone who has a credit card has probably experienced some sort of fraud over the last few years. I personally have had it happen several times and I am by no means unique. Today IBM purchased IRIS Analytics, a firm that helps banks detect fraudulent use of credit cards using machine intelligence. The company has been considering a product like this for some time, Bob Griffin, general manager… Read More

  • If At First Your Acqui-Hire Sucks, Try Again Crunch Network

    If At First Your Acqui-Hire Sucks, Try Again

    It took back-to-back acqui-hires for me to learn there’s a right way and a wrong way to do them. We had made it. Despite running low on money and having little traction, my company was acqui-hired by Yahoo in October of 2013. I was thrilled to have a large salary at a well-respected company. Seventeen months later, I was laid off. Read More

  • Plot Thickens In Dell-EMC Deal As VMware Announces It’s Walking Away From Virtustream Deal With EMC

    Plot Thickens In Dell-EMC Deal As VMware Announces It’s Walking Away From Virtustream Deal With EMC

    Ah, nothing goes easy with that $67 billion Dell-EMC deal, does it? Today the plot thickened a bit more when VMware announced in a filing with the SEC that it was walking away from the agreement with EMC to form Virtustream as a jointly owned company. Re/code first reported this news. This whole deal has from the start been a fairly complex tale, and like the movie Groundhog Day, one we… Read More

  • Dell Could Be Shopping Some Assets To Help Relieve EMC Deal Debt Load

    Dell Could Be Shopping Some Assets To Help Relieve EMC Deal Debt Load

    Since Dell announced its intention to buy EMC for $67 billion in October, there has been a lot of speculation about how the company was going to pay off the massive $40 billion debt it used to finance the deal. I wrote about some of the EMC assets Dell might consider selling to help offset the huge obligation. Other rumors have had the company selling off its PC business to HP, but it turns… Read More

  • The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs Crunch Network

    The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs

    Writing down unicorns benefits everyone. Read More

  • Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

    Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

    When the news broke in early October that Dell was planning on buying EMC for a whopping $67 billion, more than a few jaws dropped (including mine), but in the weeks since, reports have surfaced about multiple problems from tax issues to VMware’s plunging stock price and the post-deal creation of Virtustream. It’s too soon to say the deal is in jeopardy, but there are enough… Read More

  • Where Are All The Enterprise Tech Buyers? Crunch Network

    Where Are All The Enterprise Tech Buyers?

    Enormous tech M&A deals have been announced recently: EMC/Dell, WDC/SanDisk, Lam-Research/KLC-Tencor. These follow a very busy year of large tech M&A, with Avago/Broadcom, Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent and Intel/Altera. This year is shaping up to be a record one for M&A activity across all industries. However, with the large number of multi-billion dollar mergers, there is a nagging… Read More

  • Docker Fills Big Hole With Tutum Acquisition

    Docker Fills Big Hole With Tutum Acquisition

    Docker announced today that it was purchasing Tutum, a cloud service focused on deploying and managing Docker containers in any environment, whether the cloud or on-premises. The company did not disclose the purchase price. Docker has always emphasized building, shipping and running containers — those discrete programming building blocks sometimes called micro-services. With… Read More

  • Dell Buys EMC For $67B In Largest Deal In Tech History

    Dell Buys EMC For $67B In Largest Deal In Tech History

    In  the largest tech deal in history by far*, Dell and partners MSD Partners and Silver Lake agreed to buy EMC today for $67 billion or $33.15 a share. This is way over the $27 price being rumored last week, and makes the deal far larger than the $37 billion that Avago paid for Broadcom just last May. What makes this deal even more interesting is that Dell, with a valuation of around… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    This morning IBM announced plans to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based data storage vendor. The move appears to be a way to shore up IBM’s hybrid cloud storage chops. Terms of the deal were not available. Cleversafe was founded in 2004, and was well ahead of its time when it came to anticipating the big data revolution. According to its website, the company foresaw the coming data… Read More

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