Mergers and Acquisitions

  • What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups Crunch Network

    What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups

    A new player has entered the enterprise productivity race. For decades, Microsoft reigned as the market leader in enterprise productivity — until Google pushed into the space with Google Apps. Now, with the acquisition of Quip, Salesforce is joining Microsoft and Google in the race. Read More

  • Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history Crunch Network

    Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

    Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill. Consolidation in any market is expected, but AI is consolidating at such a rapid clip, at such an early stage and by so few companies that there are strong reasons to be concerned. Read More

  • ScienceLogic acquires AppFirst to bolster its IT infrastructure monitoring service

    ScienceLogic acquires AppFirst to bolster its IT infrastructure monitoring service

    IT monitoring specialist ScienceLogic today announced that it has acquired AppFirst, a service to give IT admins deeper visibility in what apps and services run across a company’s servers, virtual machines and cloud instances. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. Minnesota-based AppFirst was founded in 2009 and raised a total of $15.2 million… Read More

  • The next $1 billion startup acquirer won’t be a tech company Crunch Network

    The next $1 billion startup acquirer won’t be a tech company

    Acquisitions starting with a “B” are not uncommon in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Roughly two to four billion-dollar deals have gone down each quarter (on average) over the last few years. The recent purchases of Cruise Automation by General Motors and Dollar Shave Club by Unilever turned heads for another reason —  the buyers were as non-techie as you can get. Read More

  • Snapchat is acquiring mobile search app Vurb for $110M+

    Snapchat is acquiring mobile search app Vurb for $110M+

    Snapchat could help you organize a night out with friends or get a digest of the day’s news thanks to its acquisition of mobile search startup Vurb. TechCrunch caught wind of the impending deal over the weekend and now The Information reports Snapchat is in the closing stages of talks to pay $110 million for Vurb (75 percent stock, 25 percent cash). Snapchat is also said to offer $75… Read More

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise picks up SGI for $275 million

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise picks up SGI for $275 million

    The last decade-plus hasn’t been great for SGI. The company formerly known as Silicon Graphics declared Chapter 11 in 2009. That same year, it was sold to Rackable for a song, with that company somewhat confusingly changing its own name to SGI (short for Silicon Graphics International) during the process. Now former competitor Hewlett Packard Enterprise (which spun out from HP last year)… Read More

  • Rackspace sells Cloud Sites unit to Liquid Web

    Rackspace sells Cloud Sites unit to Liquid Web

    Rumors have been flying for over a week that Rackspace was for sale, but today instead of the whole kit and kaboodle, the company announced it was selling its Cloud Sites web hosting unit to Liquid Web. The fact that Liquid Web is itself a cloud web hosting company would seem to make the two a perfect match, allowing the company to expand its business through acquisition. The two… Read More

  • Rackspace sells Cloud Sites unit to Liquid Web

    Rackspace sells Cloud Sites unit to Liquid Web

    Rumors have been flying for over a week that Rackspace was for sale, but today instead of the whole kit and kaboodle, the company announced it was selling its Cloud Sites web hosting unit to Liquid Web. The fact that Liquid Web is itself a cloud web hosting company would seem to make the two a perfect match, allowing the company to expand its business through acquisition. The two… Read More

  • How to tell if your small company needs to expand through acquisitions Crunch Network

    How to tell if your small company needs to expand through acquisitions

    The market for mergers and acquisitions, particularly in software, is red-hot: Big private-equity firms, flush with cash, did 170 software deals worth $27.22 billion in the first half of 2016 alone. But the software M&A frenzy also highlights how smaller tech companies can turbocharge their growth by pursuing highly strategic, add-on acquisitions. Read More

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