Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

    IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

    IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform made famous by beating the three best Jeopardy! champions ever several years ago, bought Denver-based AlchemyAPI today. It did not reveal the purchase price. The acquisition gives Watson a key piece of machine learning technology. The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers, who are building cognitive… Read More

  • Message Systems Buys Rival Port25 Solutions To Create Email Infrastructure Giant

    Message Systems Buys Rival Port25 Solutions To Create Email Infrastructure Giant

    In a marriage of two email infrastructure rivals, Message Systems bought Port25 Solutions today for an undisclosed mix of stock and cash. With it, they have created a company that covers every email infrastructure need from small business all the way to mega messaging clients like social networks. Message Systems CEO Phillip Merrick, says the acquisition gives his company unmatched coverage. Read More

  • DataStax Grabs Aurelius In Graph Database Acqui-Hire

    DataStax Grabs Aurelius In Graph Database Acqui-Hire

    DataStax scored a $106M funding pay day last September, and today it announced it was using some of that money to acquire open source graph database company, Aurelius, along with its engineering talent. No terms were disclosed, but all eight Aurelius engineers will be joining DataStax immediately. The new team will begin working on what they are calling “a massively scalable… Read More

  • Dropbox CloudOn Purchase Another Move In Evolving Enterprise Strategy

    Dropbox CloudOn Purchase Another Move In Evolving Enterprise Strategy

    When Dropbox announced earlier today it had bought CloudOn, a tool for editing Microsoft Office documents on your iPad, it represented another step in Dropbox’s attempt to become more friendly to the enterprise. Dropbox announced a partnership with Microsoft last November to embed Dropbox into Microsoft Office, and chances are this purchase is an extension of that, while fitting in with… Read More

  • British Authorities Drop Autonomy Accounting Inquiry, US Investigation Continues

    British Authorities Drop Autonomy Accounting Inquiry, US Investigation Continues

    The British Serious Fraud Office today dropped its investigation into accusations of accounting improprieties at Autonomy, citing insufficient evidence to continue the investigation, but it made clear that the US investigation would continue. “In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for… Read More

  • How Yello Mobile Ate 61 Startups In One Year

    How Yello Mobile Ate 61 Startups In One Year

    So many eyeballs, so little growth. Or so Yahoo’s recent performance under Marissa Mayer could be summarized. Joining Yahoo as its head in 2012, Mayer quickly made a splash with a rapid series of acquisitions, from the billion dollar purchase of Tumblr to the $30 million acquisition of Summly. The performance of that strategy has been lackluster. While Yahoo has acquired nearly 50… Read More

  • Demandware Snags Point Of Sale Provider Tomax To Extend Reach From Web To Store

    Demandware Snags Point Of Sale Provider Tomax To Extend Reach From Web To Store

    Demandware announced today that it bought Tomax, a cloud-based point of sale company for approximately $75M in cash and incentives. According to Demandware CEO Tom Ebling, the acquisition extends Demandware’s reach from eCommerce websites to the brick-and-mortar storefront. Ebling said that they were attracted to Tomax for several reasons. First of all, like Demandware, they are… Read More

  • Citrix Scoops Up Virtual Storage Vendor Sanbolic

    Citrix Scoops Up Virtual Storage Vendor Sanbolic

    Citrix purchased Sanbolic today, a company that provides virtual storage optimization services, filling in a missing piece in its virtualization product portfolio with the acquisition. It’s worth noting that Sanbolic plays nicely with Citrix desktop virtualization technology and considered Citrix a strong partner before the agreement, so the deal makes sense in that context. The… Read More

  • Oracle Continues March To Cloud Buying Data As A Service Broker Datalogix

    Oracle Continues March To Cloud Buying Data As A Service Broker Datalogix

    Oracle added another piece to its growing cloud portfolio today, buying digital-marketing, Data as a Service broker Datalogix. The move not only gives Oracle another cloud tool, it’s one that’s aimed directly at marketers, an area where Oracle is fighting hard with rival Salesforce.com and others for dominance. The announcement did not include terms. Datalogix gives Oracle… Read More

  • Datto Snags Cloud Service Backupify

    Datto Snags Cloud Service Backupify

    Datto, a backup and disaster recovery service from Norwalk, Connecticut, purchased cloud to cloud backup service Backupify today. It was a move designed to give Datto a more complete product portfolio. Terms were not available, but Backupify co-founder and CEO Rob May told TechCrunch that his investors were more than satisfied. “It was a lot more than we raised,” he… Read More

  • Rumor: Ektron Deal Could Include Merger With European CMS Vendor EpiServer [Updated]

    Rumor: Ektron Deal Could Include Merger With European CMS Vendor EpiServer [Updated]

    As though the Ektron story we have been following over the last week hasn’t been convoluted enough, we started hearing rumors yesterday that the deal actually includes another component. The company could be merging with Stockholm-based Web-content management vendor EpiServer as part of the deal. The story, if it turns out to be accurate, underscores some of the problems that… Read More

  • Rumor: Web Content Management Firm Ektron Sold To Private Equity Company [Updated]

    Rumor: Web Content Management Firm Ektron Sold To Private Equity Company [Updated]

    A source told TechCrunch this week that Ektron, a web content management firm based in Nashua, NH has been sold to an unnamed private equity firm for around $48M plus taking on $50M in debt. The source said the actual cash exchanged in the deal would only be in the $30M range, which is pretty low for an established enterprise software company. It’s worth noting that the company has… Read More

  • EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC announced some big changes today including the purchase of three cloud companies, a new hybrid cloud product and a reorganization designed to emphasize the cloud. For those of you who don’t speak technology-buzzword English, the Hybrid Cloud is an approach where some of your computing is done in an on-premises data center and some is delivered by a public cloud provider such as… Read More

  • Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

    Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

    In a deal today involving two companies with links to the Boston area, Progress Software, which helps companies build business software, announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people. According to Karen Tegan… Read More

  • EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    While rumors have been flying that EMC has been trying to execute a merger with fellow computing giant HP, it threw a bit of a curve this week when it bought cloud startup Cloudscaling. Just when you’re thinking EMC might be irrelevant, it makes a move that suggests the company is still forging ahead. While EMC is at its core a storage company, it owns lots of enterprise pieces and… Read More

  • New Relic Buys Dashboard Tool Ducksboard As It Continues Expansion Into Analytics

    New Relic Buys Dashboard Tool Ducksboard As It Continues Expansion Into Analytics

    When you think of New Relic, you might think of traditional server-side application performance monitoring, and of course New Relic does that and other monitoring tasks, but increasingly it’s moving into analytics and today at its FutureStack user conference, the company announced it has bought cloud dashboard-building tool Ducksboard as it continues to broaden its analytics… Read More

  • Docker Acquires Koality In Engineering Talent Grab

    Docker Acquires Koality In Engineering Talent Grab

    Docker decided to use some of the $40M from its most recent funding round at the end of last month to purchase Koality today for an undisclosed price. Koality launched in 2012 to help developers test software in a more efficient way by letting them set up multiple instances of a build very quickly, so they wouldn’t be working in the production environment. In fact, they… Read More

  • Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please

    Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please

    We’ve been hearing rumors of a Rackspace acquisition for the last several months. The latest suitor according to Bloomberg could be Louisiana-based telco CenturyLink, but before we get too excited here, let’s keep in mind Microsoft, HP, Cisco and others were supposedly interested too, and in the end nothing came of it. And as you would expect in a case with so much… Read More

  • Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker, Inc., the commercial company behind the open source Docker project, announced today it had sold its dotCloud Platform as a Service business to Berlin-based cloudControl. The deal allows Docker to focus on its core software containerization business. Docker CEO Ben Golub told TechCrunch the company wanted to concentrate on the Docker part of the business. “At a high level, what… Read More

  • BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter. The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More