Mergers and Acquisitions

  • A New, Standardized Way For Employees To Keep Their Vested Stock Options Longer

    A New, Standardized Way For Employees To Keep Their Vested Stock Options Longer

    Amid headlines about billion-dollars valuations are many employees who remain trapped unless their employers eventually go public or else sell to an acquirer in a cash deal. The problem centers on the option plan structure that startups use. Owing to a decades-old tax provision, employees have to exercise their options within 90 days of leaving or else lose them to the company. It’s… Read More

  • IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM announced its intent to buy Truven Health Analytics today for a whopping $2.6 billion. It is the fourth major purchase for Watson Health since the unit was established in 2014. Watson Health was formed when IBM purchased Phytel and Explorys in April, 2014. Both companies had the common denominator of being data-driven health companies. The unit added Merge Healthcare for another… Read More

  • AWS Bolsters High Performance Computing Offering With NICE Acquisition

    AWS Bolsters High Performance Computing Offering With NICE Acquisition

    AWS attempted to enhance its high performance computing offering today when it purchased NICE, an Italian software and services company for an undisclosed price. NICE provides a set of tools and technologies that were attractive to AWS, and brings with it an international clientele, which should help AWS expand its market with a set of customers who have high-end compute… Read More

  • 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

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