Mergers and Acquisitions

  • AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect, a company that helps customers manage multiple cloud vendors, announced today it was buying former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield participant Xendo for an undisclosed amount. Xendo, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, 2014 enables users to conduct federated searches across cloud services, a function that could prove quite useful for AppDirect. In fact, AppDirect… Read More

  • Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau announced today that it has acquired HyPer, an early-stage German startup born in academia that has developed an advanced database technology. Tableau intends to incorporate the technology into its product set. Tableau is a business intelligence and analytics company, taking business data and helping companies make sense of it. The new HyPer database technology should provide… Read More

  • Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel announced overnight in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel. While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than sports broadcasting, it has been used to-date to enable fans to get a 360… Read More

  • Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million as buying spree continues

    Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million as buying spree continues

    Cisco continued its buying spree today as it announced its intention to acquire Israeli chip designer Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million. Cisco sees this acquisition as a way to bolster its hardware catalog with highly advanced chip technology. “By combining Leaba’s semiconductor expertise with the Cisco engineering team, we will accelerate our plans for Cisco’s… Read More

  • IBM Adds Post-Cyber Attack Planning With Resilient Systems Acquisition

    IBM Adds Post-Cyber Attack Planning With Resilient Systems Acquisition

    The RSA security conference is being held this week in San Francisco where security pros come together to discuss strategy. IBM made several security announcements this morning ahead of the conference, headlined by the purchase of Resilient Systems. Instead of trying to prevent an attack, Resilient gives customers a plan to deal with a breach after it’s happened. While IBM offers… Read More

  • 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

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