Acquisitions

  • The deal that never was: OYO says it didn’t acquire rival ZO Rooms after all

    The deal that never was: OYO says it didn’t acquire rival ZO Rooms after all

    There’s closure around one of the most curious tech deals out of India in recent times, but it isn’t the conclusion most will expect. OYO Rooms, the budget hotel network that raised $250 million in September from SoftBank’s Vision Fund and hotel giant China Lodging, confirmed today that it didn’t buy out close rival ZO Rooms despite plenty of evidence suggesting it… Read More

  • Will the tech acquisition spree continue?

    Will the tech acquisition spree continue?

    The year was off to a good start for technology acquisitions, according to data provided by PwC and Thomson Reuters. There were 486 U.S. tech deals announced in the first quarter, totaling $42.8 billion. In terms of both number of deals and value of deals, it was the best start of the year for U.S. tech M&A since 2014. Read More

  • A conversation about tech M&A trends and Trump

    A conversation about tech M&A trends and Trump

    Some very big brands outside the tech space have been stepping in to acquire technology companies as the pressure to keep up with consumer-powered digital trends touches more industries. Add in a deregulating President Trump and the mercury could keep rising for tech company valuations this year, suggests John Stiffler, senior M&A director at business and technology consulting firm West… Read More

  • What does Trump mean for tech M&A?

    After Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory earlier this month, the tech community has been trying to assess how the new administration will impact them. There are concerns that there will be fewer H-1B visas for engineers, making it harder to hire the world’s best talent. People also interpret Trump’s stance on the Apple-FBI controversy as an indication that he will… Read More

  • Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    While many people are arguing that the proposed $85 billion AT&T and Time Warner deal would be bad for consumer choice, billionaire Mark Cuban has a contrarian viewpoint. The merger would lead to “more competition” he tells TechCrunch. Cuban, who made his money through a different media acquisition, thinks the combination would help challenge the tech giants like Facebook… Read More

  • Google acquires API.AI, a company helping developers build bots that aren’t awful to talk to

    Google acquires API.AI, a company helping developers build bots that aren’t awful to talk to

    Google has just disclosed that it has snatched up the team behind API.AI. API.AI provides tools to developers to help them build conversational, Siri-esque bots. As humans, we’re pretty good at communication. If someone says “the girl saw a man with the binoculars,” we can generally use contextual clues to figure out if they meant that the girl saw the man by using binoculars… Read More

  • The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn Crunch Network

    The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

    We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect on what this means from a data, privacy and email perspective — given that all three are potential strengths, weaknesses and concerns arising from the merger of two giants. Read More

  • Atlassian acquires StatusPage

    Atlassian acquires StatusPage

    Atlassian today announced that it has acquired StatusPage, a Y Combinator-incubated service that allows online businesses to keep their users updated about the status of their online services. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. This marks Atlassian’s first acquisition since going public last December. Adding a service like StatusPage, which launched three… Read More

  • Acqui-hire experts Tasman acqui-hired by consulting juggernaut Ernst & Young

    Acqui-hire experts Tasman acqui-hired by consulting juggernaut Ernst & Young

    So you wanna buy a startup? But how do you get the deal signed and roll their team into yours? Consulting behemoth Ernst & Young wants to have the answers and rule M&A advisory services in Silicon Valley. So today it acqui-hired Tasman Consulting, Bay Area specialists in integrating acqui-hires and acquisitions into their new parent companies. Read More