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Posts tagged with Acquisitions

Twitter acquires Posterous

Twitter has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, and yesterday it apparently put some of that money to use in making what might be its most prominent, if not largest, acquisition yet.

What did Twitter buy?  Short-form blogging site Posterous. 


Rumour: CNN to purchase Mashable for $200m

The next big (read: nine-figure) consumer internet acquisition may involve an unexpected buyer - CNN.

According to Reuters' Felix Salmon, the Time Warner-owned cable news network could announce as early as Tuesday that it is acquiring Mashable, one of the most popular tech/social media blogs for a figure that could be north of $200m.


Yahoo's five biggest acquisition screw-ups

Q4 financial results have hit us hard this week, from all directions.

Yes it's ridiculous that Apple’s quarterly net profit was larger than Google's Q4 gross revenue ($13bn versus £10.6bn), and yes it's sad to see Nintendo almost triple its estimated losses.

But what of Yahoo? It's still hanging on in there, with control of millions of Yahoo mail accounts and a chunk of display thrown in good measure.


Adobe announces acquisition of Efficient Frontier

Adobe today announced that it has acquired digital marketing technology and services company Efficient Frontier, though the value of the deal has not been disclosed. 

According to Adobe, the move will "add multichannel ad campaign forecasting, execution and optimization" to its current offerings. 


Will Microsoft end up buying Yahoo?

In early 2008, Microsoft was willing to spend close to $45bn to buoy its search position. We know what happened next: Yahoo rebuffed, Microsoft walked away and Yahoo has floundered ever since.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Microsoft. The economy, along with the stock market, tanked later in the year, saving Microsoft from what could have gone down as one of the worst timed deals in M&A history.

And despite the stock market's rebound over the past several years, Yahoo is still valued at well under half of what Microsoft was willing to pay in 2008.

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Is Google's Zagat acquisition its most problematic ever?

Yesterday, Google announced that it is acquiring Zagat, a company whose name has become synonymous with printed restaurant guides. By size, the acquisition is likely nowhere near Google's largest.

As observed by TechCrunch, it appears that the acquisition price was under $66m.

But Google's Zagat acquisition has created quite a lot of buzz, and for good reason: this could arguably be Google's most problematic and challenging acquisition ever.


Google's Motorola Mobility acquisition: what folks are saying

Yesterday, Google agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn. If regulators approve the deal, it will represent its largest acquisition ever.

It's a bold move by Google co-founder and now-CEO Larry Page, and one which could literally make or break Android.

Not surprisingly, the acquisition has sparked significant discussion and debate. We've rounded up some of the most interesting things observers are saying. The consensus? Google either made the best move of its life, or the worst.


Caveat emptor: SeedSummit's standardized seed financing terms

Times are good for internet entrepreneurs. VC money is flowing again, supporting a startup boom the likes of which hasn't been seen since the late 1990s.

Large companies aren't shy about acquiring technology and talent, and for the most promising companies, the public markets are once again open for business.

Although much of the startup investment activity and buzz is focused on startups in Silicon Valley and New York, Europe isn't without startup action of its own.


Walmart makes social media acquisition

M&A is back in full-force in the consumer internet space, but this time around, it's not just the usual suspects -- tech companies -- doing the buying.

Case in point: yesterday, Walmart announced that it is buying social media company Kosmix. Founded in 2005, the company, which raised $55m in investment over the years, "filters social media to connect you to content that interests."


SEO: a due diligence must?

When investing in or buying a company, taking a peek under the hood is all but required. Anything else, of course, is sort of like going to Vegas and betting a huge chunk of your retirement on black.

Generally, due diligence includes looking at a company's financials. From the top line to the bottom line, prospective investors and acquirers need to know how healthy a company is and where it appears to be headed. But when investing in or acquiring an online business, should investors and acquirers be paying more attention to the SEO profiles of the properties they're considering?


eBay diversifies even further with big GSI Commerce buy

The eBay brand is synonymous with online auctions, but over the years, eBay's business has expanded well beyond those auctions.

The company's crown jewel -- PayPal -- was purchased in 2002 for $1.5bn, and the online payment provider now accounts for more than a third of eBay's revenue. eBay's portfolio also includes comparison shopping site Shopping.com, financing service BillMeLater and rental classifieds site Rent.com.


Will Amazon move aggressively into content?

Amazon may be the internet's dominant ecommerce company, but its ambitions extend well beyond retail.

It has fast become a key player in a market that is expected to become very large -- cloud infrastructure -- and now it appears to be making some moves into content which could be harbingers of things to come.