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FullContact Makes Its First Acquisition – Acquires Cobook

Feld Thoughts

One of my basic strategies as an investor is to use targeted small acquisitions throughout the life of a company. I love playing offense.

Creative ways to scale SMB customer acquisition


The bigger you get, the higher your customer acquisition costs go. Many startups begin life selling to small business (SMB). Sounds great!

Refutation: An acquisition is always a failure

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Jake Lodwick wrote an article  on PandoDaily entitled “An acquisition is always a failure.” Sure not all acquisitions go that way.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing? So what?

Mergers And Acquisitions: 4 Tips To Escape The ‘Friend Zone’

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow acquisition business brokers merger mergers and acquisitions moneyEither way, you will have closure and have finally moved beyond the dreaded M&A friend zone.

Three types of acquisitions

Chris Dixon

There are three types of technology acquisitions: - Talent. As a rule of thumb, these acquisitions are priced at approximately $1M/engineer. Generally the prices for these acquisitions are significantly higher than talent acquisitions. Tech: When the acquirer wants the technology along with the team. Siri). startups

A look at Linkedin’s acquisition strategy


The big news in tech yesterday was Linkedin’s acquisition of for $1.5B. This is by far their largest acquisition to date.

Startup Acquisition: How to Attract Potential Buyers

Early Growth Financial Services

But given that planning for an eventual startup exit is something founders should address from day one, and since most exits are through acquisitions, it makes sense to keep that possibility in mind and to avoid any screamingly obvious blunders that could close off one route to exit. How to think about startup acquisition 1.

What Microsoft’s LinkedIn Acquisition Means for Professionals

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why Microsoft wanted this deal to happen, and why LinkedIn users could all stand to benefit

SEOmoz Acquires Followerwonk – A Perfect Small Acquisition

Feld Thoughts

The acquisition closed about six weeks ago and the Followerwonk product has been fully integrated into SEOmoz. think it’s incredibly powerful to accelerate the growth of a company via targeted acquisitions. Another recent example from my world just to see what I mean is Rally Software’s acquisition of Agile Advantage.

Startups Need Mergers And Acquisitions For Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Actively pursue mergers and acquisitions. Overreliance on acquisitions drains resources and de-motivates internal teams. Spin-ins.

Notes on the acquisition process

Chris Dixon

Comparatively little, however, has been written about the important transaction at the other end many startups’ life, acquisitions. Here are some things I’ve learned about the acquisition process over the years. As with financings, acquisitions take a long time and involve lots of meetings and difficult decisions.

Considering A Merger Or Acquisition? Vet Potential Investors In 3 Easy Steps

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow investors mergers and acquisitions money

Mergers and acquisitions take thought and planning

Taffy Williams

In a recent discussion with the CEO of a private company, an acquisition became the dominate topic. In addition, you may be planning an exit.

How To Preserve Your Company Culture After An Acquisition


Or perhaps the acquired business seeks an acquisition deal to gain access to a wider marketplace. by Benoit Vialle, COO of

Acquisition success depends on founders

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

But, sadly, most acquisitions don't play out as expected. Most acquisition failures can be tied directly to the founders leaving too soon.

Acquisition Interest?

Texas Startup Blog

David Cohen has a great post on his blog titled “You have Acquisition interest – now what?&# Ironically, we have been approached by a number of companies interested in talking to us about selling ShopSavvy. Only recently did I start taking this ‘interest’ seriously.

7 lessons from the Dollar Shave Club Acquisition


The post 7 lessons from the Dollar Shave Club Acquisition appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. The big news in the e-commerce World this week is Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club (DSC) for a cool $1B (cue the Dr. Evil laugh ). The simplest of ideas has gone from start to $1B in 5 years. It doesn’t get simpler than that.

Optimizing your Customer Acquisition Funnel

For Entrepreneurs

Startup Help freemium Harvesting demand versus creating demand Hubspot Inbound Marketing JBoss Lean startup Mirror42 Optimize customer acquisition funnel Remove blockage points in sales funnel Sales funnel sales process optimization Sysomos

Three types of acquisition – view from a public company CEO

The Equity Kicker

At a conference last week Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that he thinks about acquisitions in three buckets: companies that are really people who have a technology that Autodesk wants to build up (acquihires). large scale acquisitions. middle-size companies, meaning they have product that they’re selling, maybe even internationally.

Bigcommerce’s First Acquisition is in Austin: Zing


In its first acquisition, Bigcommerce announced Tuesday its purchase of Zing, an Austin-based startup that provides mobile retail technologies. Zing moved to Austin three years ago and has raised less than […] The post Bigcommerce’s First Acquisition is in Austin: Zing appeared first on SiliconHills.

A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

And last week’s $200M OMGPOP acquisition by Zynga is the starting-gun fire for deals that aren’t just “acquihires,” but real meaningful ones. 

Inside Geoloqi's Unusual (& Fascinating) Acquisition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's nothing typical about founder Amber Case. And this isn't your typical M&A deal. Here's how it happened. VCs right now are kind of weird.

An Acquisition Without the Acrimony?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Lots of acquisitions lead to redundancies, lay-offs, and ultimately unhappy marriages. Most acquisitions are designed to fuel growth.

The Saas Math Funnel: Acquisition


Instead it’s about the math behind acquisition. This is not a ‘how to’ acquire users post. All numbers are fictitious.

How Hot Design Is Driving Tech Acquisitions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

5000 design company was recently acquired by Salesforce. Here's how it used big company interest in design to drive the sale

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs

Metrics on all aspects of the customer acquisition process to find out what can be improved. have multiples that are more like 5 x CAC.) Thanks!

[Asia] Tech In Asia Buys GameSaku In Acquisition Blitz


In the News acquisition Asia GamesInAsia. Most importantly, Hendri and Glenn integrate very well with our Indonesian team.

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Don’t get screwed: Focus on customer retention over acquisition

The Next Web

The post Don’t get screwed: Focus on customer retention over acquisition appeared first on The Next Web.

How to keep founders around after an acquisition

Version One Ventures

That’s why we’ve seen example after example of “acqui-hires” in the past few years as well as some very large acquisitions where a big driver was the talent behind a start-up (e.g. However, only a few big companies have truly figured out how to keep founders around after the acquisition. Nest, Beats). Related articles.

The economic logic behind tech and talent acquisitions

Chris Dixon

If you want to sell your company – or simply understand acquisitions you read about in the press – it is important to understand how they think about these calculations. There’s been a lot of speculation lately about why big companies spend millions of dollars acquiring startups for their technology or talent. startups

Increase Customer Acquisition by 400 Percent with Storytelling, Part 1

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

People are spending on average five hours a day consuming content

Acquisitions Aren't About the Money

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But a successful acquisition involves much more than that. The great acquisition price was the by-product, not the goal

Building It Is Not Enough: 5 Practical Tips On User Acquisition


Finding scalable acquisition channels is a time consuming and strategic effort. Every, and I mean every, acquisition channel costs money.

Here's What You Need to Know About Microsoft's Acquisition of LinkedIn

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

On Monday, social media giant LinkedIn announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion.

Making Sense of Yahoo's Puzzling Acquisition Strategy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Marissa Mayer is on the verge of completing 14 Yahoo acquisitions in just six months. Will she reinvent Yahoo? And with $1.2 So stay tuned

Startup, IPO, Acquisition, Phenomenal Growth: the Inside Story of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How many startups go public, then get acquired, and then grow at a phenomenal rate?

The Secrets for Completing a Successful Merger or Acquisition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There may come a time when you're looking to merge with or acquire another business, so preparation's vital

Don’t Overlook This Wildly Profitable Customer Acquisition Channel

Nick O'Neill

The post Don’t Overlook This Wildly Profitable Customer Acquisition Channel appeared first on Nick O'Neill. Nathan Latka is Founder and CEO Heyo , a rapidly growing Facebook marketing service. This week I sit down with Nathan to discuss how his company has been leveraging webinars to skyrocket his customer base. Podcast

Our Perfect Merger (and Acquisition)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two-thousand and five was the year of the perfect merger and acquisition. In a single year, a couple got married, got pregnant, and founded a fast-growing company. It wasn't your typical big-business-buys-a-small-business story, though. Our merger was one of not just business, but of our entire lives. Here's how it happened. What would we do?