M&A

  • Another Salesforce acquisition with BeyondCore enterprise analytics grab

    Another Salesforce acquisition with BeyondCore enterprise analytics grab

    Business analytics platform BeyondCore will be officially joining Salesforce, according to a blog post by BeyondCore CEO Arijit Sengupta. BeyondCore is an enterprise analytics tool that bolsters business intelligence with computational and statistical analysis. While Salesforce could have gone fishing and come up with a number of business intelligence companies to buy, BeyondCore was… Read More

  • Medium nabs Embed.ly to add to its list of publisher tools

    Medium nabs Embed.ly to add to its list of publisher tools

    Medium announced today that it has acquired Embed.ly to support publishers with backend APIs for embedding content. Embed.ly supports writers by providing analytics on content and customized recommendations and promotions. Their APIs are currently used by an all-star list of publishers, including The New York Times, NPR and The Atlantic. Companies like Reddit and Airbnb also use the… 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

  • Building A Great Company May Not Be Enough To Get Acquired Crunch Network

    Building A Great Company May Not Be Enough To Get Acquired

    The dream of many entrepreneurs is to build a successful business that can go public or be acquired for a large sum. While IPOs are hard to come by, acquisitions are more common. The mantra is that good companies are bought not sold. In other words, the best companies are sought after and not desperate to sell. But how can startup founders or CEOs ensure that they’re the ones who are… Read More

  • Return Of The M&A Crunch Network

    Return Of The M&A

    2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55% over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology related transactions this year alone have generated over $100B. Read More

  • A Look Back At Yahoo’s Flickr Acquisition For Lessons Today Crunch Network

    A Look Back At Yahoo’s Flickr Acquisition For Lessons Today

    When Yahoo made an offer to buy photo-sharing startup Flickr in early 2005, Stewart Butterfield and his team had a tough decision to make. There were many reasons for Flickr, founded by Butterfield and Caterina Fake, to sell, but also many to hold on and go for a larger exit. Flickr’s acquisition was one of the first significant consumer Internet acquisitions after the dot-com crash… Read More

  • Investment Banking 2.0 Says “Hello World!?” Crunch Network

    Investment Banking 2.0 Says “Hello World!?”

    David Gelles wrote in the New York Times this weekend about how large tech corporations have been conducting more M&A deals with less input from traditional investment banks. Because of my company’s insight into buy and sell-side M&A interest, I wanted to provide some additional insight into how we see the M&A world changing. Read More

  • India’s Snapdeal Acquires Fashion Discovery Site Doozton, As Battle For Online Fashion Heats Up

    India’s Snapdeal Acquires Fashion Discovery Site Doozton, As Battle For Online Fashion Heats Up

    Online fashion retail is fast becoming the next battlefront for India’s growing e-commerce startups. With two of the biggest Indian e-commerce companies — Flipkart and Myntra — preparing to merge as part of $330 million deal, rival Snapdeal is now pushing aggressively to get its piece of action in the online fashion retailing space. Less than two months after eBay… Read More

  • India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s biggest e-commerce company, Flipkart, is in the final stages of completing a merger deal with the country’s fast growing online fashion retailer Myntra, in what could potentially create a much stronger entity for fending off aggressive rivals Amazon, Walmart and the eBay-backed Snapdeal. At least three people directly familiar with ongoing talks said the Myntra board… Read More

  • What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

    What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

    Little Eye Labs was not the only acquisition Facebook was chasing in India last year. Salorix, a social media analytics startup that had raised $3.5 million in Series A from Inventus Capital Partners and Nexus Venture Partners in November 2011, was approached by Facebook in October last year. But by December, the acquisition talks were stalled. After several months of negotiations… Read More

  • Yahoo And Google Are Both Spending Big Money On Acquisition Sprees And What That Says About Their Futures

    Yahoo And Google Are Both Spending Big Money On Acquisition Sprees And What That Says About Their Futures

    These days it seems as if a startup so much as glances in Marissa Mayer’s direction, it can expect a bid within 24 hours. There’s been a lot of buzz about Yahoo’s new role as an acquisition hound of late, and Mayer’s attempts to turn the beleaguered giant into a mobile-first company and energize its ranks with young, acqui-hired talent. Read More

  • Gaming Industry Report: M&A Hits $4B Record In 2012, While Social Gaming Investment Plummets By $1B+

    Gaming Industry Report: M&A Hits $4B Record In 2012, While Social Gaming Investment Plummets By $1B+

    Today, international investment firm Digi-Capital published its in-depth review of the global gaming space, giving us a sense of the size, breadth, and activity of the international gaming market in both a year-end retrospective of 2012 as well as what we can expect from the industry in the coming year. For starters, Digi-Capital found that gaming M&A “beat all records” in… Read More

  • Defining The M&A “Nibble” And What To Do When You Get One

    Defining The M&A “Nibble” And What To Do When You Get One

    Editor’s note: Jason M. Lemkin served as CEO and co-founder of EchoSign, the web’s most popular e-signature service, from inception through its acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. in 2011. If you are in a reasonably hot and/or interesting space, and you have a modicum of traction or even perceived traction after X months or X years (likely years in SaaS), you’ll probably have… Read More

  • Google Replaces Its Head Of M&A With Don Harrison, Will Open A New Late-Stage Investment Group

    Google Replaces Its Head Of M&A With Don Harrison, Will Open A New Late-Stage Investment Group

    According to Reuters, Google is making major moves in its mergers and acquisitions group, replacing David Lawee with Don Harrison, a high-ranking lawyer at the company. Here’s what Reuters shared about the move; we have reached out to Google for comment: Google Inc is replacing the head of its in-house mergers and acquisitions group with one of its top lawyers and is planning to create a… Read More

  • With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

    With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

    The very surprising announcement this morning that Facebook is acquiring Instagram for $1 billion says a lot about the state of the web startup ecosystem and the tech world at large — and no doubt, a large part of the industry (and the blogs that breathlessly cover it) will be analyzing what it all means for a while. But for a big part of the financial sector, the deal signals one… Read More

  • Airbnb Acquires UK-based Crashpadder As Part Of International Growth Push

    Airbnb Acquires UK-based Crashpadder As Part Of International Growth Push

    Airbnb has acquired Crashpadder, a London-based company that runs an online marketplace where people can list their homes and apartments to be rented out for short stays (essentially, it was like a smaller Airbnb.) Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed. Visitors to Crashpadder’s website are automatically directed to a landing page about the Airbnb deal, which will… Read More

  • Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Apple finally confirmed earlier reports that it bought Israeli semiconductor startup Anobit Technologies. Apple did not confirm the price, which is believed to be between $400 million and $500 million. Apple bought Anobit for two reasons: its flash memory controllers are a key component of all Apple’s leading products (from iPads and iPhones to MacBook Airs), and in one fell swoop it… Read More

  • Why So Many M&A Deals Fail

    Why So Many M&A Deals Fail

    While some M&A deals turn out to be great successes, it’s no surprise that a lot of mergers and acquisitions fail.  The obvious factors explaining the failures include culture clashes or founders leaving – taking the DNA with them in the process. But M&A is more art than science, and the reasons why so many deals fail to deliver on their 1+1=3 promise are complex.  Here… Read More

  • Government Greenlights Google’s AdMeld Deal

    Government Greenlights Google’s AdMeld Deal

    The Justice Dept. finally gave the greenlight today to Google’s proposed $400 million acquisition of AdMeld. The deal was announced in June, and the review took almost six months. The government will not impose any major restrictions on the deal, which is now free to close in the next few days. Read More

  • More Growth Equity, Please: Average Number Of Rounds Raised By Startups Up 27% Since 2008

    More Growth Equity, Please: Average Number Of Rounds Raised By Startups Up 27% Since 2008

    In today’s VC market, it’s age before beauty. This is according to a new study released today by Shareholder Representative Services (SRS), the company that represents shareholder interests during the post-closing process in mergers and acquisitions deals. In other words, SRS is an independent advocate for shareholders that offers communications, accounting, and dispute… Read More