Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Crunch Network

    Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon

    With Amazon as the 800-pound gorilla, many of my fellow investors choose to ignore e-commerce altogether. In fact, the industry hit recent lows in a number of deals and investments. But as Bonobos’ $310 million acquisition by Walmart and Stitch Fix’s IPO demonstrate, there are still plenty of exciting opportunities in this space for investors. Read More

  • Two compliance companies merge to build a $100M firm

    Two compliance companies merge to build a $100M firm

    Once upon a time there were two compliance companies. Smarsh was owned by Los Angeles-based private equity firm, K1 Investment Management. It worked with mostly SMBs. Another called Actiance worked with larger companies like the world’s biggest banks. This is the story of how K1 is bringing these two companies together. Both companies are focused on archiving and compliance around… Read More

  • Cloudflare expands into mobile performance with Neumob acquisition

    Cloudflare expands into mobile performance with Neumob acquisition

    Cloudflare made a significant acquisition today when it acquired mobile VPN startup, Neumob. The purchase gives Cloudflare a mobile performance tool it was lacking, and a road to its first direct to consumer product. The company did not reveal the purchase price. Neumob, which had raised close to $11 million, was founded in 2015 to give users a faster mobile VPN experience that purports to… Read More

  • VMware acquires VeloCloud as it moves deeper into networking

    VMware acquires VeloCloud as it moves deeper into networking

    VMware announced today that it was acquiring VeloCloud, a startup that focuses on cloud-based wide area networks (WAN), those networks that span a broad area across data centers or regions. The companies did not reveal the purchase price. The news confirms a report that The Information first reported  yesterday. The company appears to be an excellent fit as one of the primary use cases is… Read More

  • Cisco to buy Perspica and fold engineering team into AppDynamics

    Cisco to buy Perspica and fold engineering team into AppDynamics

    Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire Perspica, a machine learning-driven operations analytics firm that has raised $8.5 million. Cisco intends to fold Perspica’s team into AppDynamics, the company it purchased earlier this year for $3.7 billion. Cisco did not share the Perspica purchase price. All of these machinations have a purpose. Cisco is of course at its heart a… Read More

  • ServiceNow just bought a design firm because even enterprise apps have to look pretty

    ServiceNow just bought a design firm because even enterprise apps have to look pretty

    ServiceNow is best known for helping large organizations organize field service and help desk activity. Today it bought design firm Telepathy because it knows that offering enterprise-class functionality isn’t enough anymore. Your applications have to look good too. The company did not reveal the acquisition price Telepathy is a design firm that was founded in 2001 in San Diego and… Read More

  • As global startup exits grow, Europe sees its profile rise Crunch Network

    As global startup exits grow, Europe sees its profile rise

    Looking at the number of exits produced and the total dollar volume those liquidity events commanded, the European startup scene has shown growth over the past year. That fact comes from the Startups M&A 2017 Report — made in partnership with Crunchbase and Mind the Bridge. So how much has changed since the last report? Read More

  • Maestro gives big brands new tools to manage and control their live streams

    Maestro gives big brands new tools to manage and control their live streams

    From Twitch to Facebook to Periscope, live streaming is a growing phenomenon that’s making some decent money for the people who own the platform. For the actual people recording the streams and making things happen, not so much. Maestro, a Los Angeles-based company with a toolkit for capturing data and analytics, and engaging with viewers in live streams, has raised $3 million in a new… Read More

  • Mattress startup Purple merges with NY shell company in $1.1 billion deal

    Mattress startup Purple merges with NY shell company in $1.1 billion deal

    Purple, a Utah-based mattress startup, announced today it will merge with Global Partner Acquisition Corp (GPAC) in a deal that would value the company at $1.1 billion. The new deal is known as a “reverse merger” and would result in Purple becoming a publicly traded company overnight, but without the formal IPO process. Read More

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