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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.

The Inside Story of a Small Startup Acquisition (Part 1)

Software By Rob

This acquisition is a long story, but if you have a few minutes let me tell you the best parts. Photo by psiaki. My Background. exit big!

The Inside Story of a Small Startup Acquisition (Part 3)

Software By Rob

Could you talk a bit about the diligence you did during the acquisition? would love more information about the acquisition process.

10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

VC Cafe

Continue Reading → CB Insights Clarity database Evolita LumaPartners LUMAscapes Mattermark Steve Jobs. ” 5)Evolita.

Sales for Startups: Lead Acquisition

Mark Birch

There are several factors to consider when pursuing any lead acquisition program. First and foremost however is the marketing objective.

Finding the Best Hires in Tech: 3 Things You should be doing NOW!

Active Garage

The state of the global economy notwithstanding, companies everywhere seem to be experiencing the some of the best growth seen in recent years.

The Manual-First Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

But, how would we get the deals in our database and categorize them correctly as “restaurant” or “concert tickets”?

How Our Tech Startup Succeeded Without the Tech

Vinicius Vacanti

But, how would we get the deals in our database and categorize them correctly as “restaurant” or “concert tickets”?

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Citrix cloud product is based on the open source CloudStack that came out of their acquisition a few years back. million developers.

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"The company will announce a deal to acquire ParAccel, a well-funded startup that specializes in."

Mark Birch

“The company will announce a deal to acquire ParAccel, a well-funded startup that specializes in analytics database software. It’s Actian’s third significant acquisition since 2011. big data tech enterprise tech databases RDBMS acquisitions analytics Ingres Actian is Ingres…Ingres of all things!

The Digital Car and Harman's acquisition of Aha Mobile - NextWala


The Digital Car and Harmans acquisition of Aha Mobile.   Harman today announced its acquisition of Aha Mobile , a Venrock portfolio company. the sales of Navteq and TeleAtlas to device OEMs (Nokia and TomTom, respectively) and the rise of other map databases such as OpenStreetMap and Google's own map database.

Mårten Mickos' Eucalyptus acquired by HP


As the Finnish CEO of MySQL he helped build up the database system from an open-source project to a $1 billion exit to Oracle in 2008.

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The One Piece of Advice I Give All Startups

VC Deal Lawyer

Early on, entrepreneurs focus on matters geared towards de-risking the business (e.g., You should know that as time passes, the problem worsens. 

Docstoc launches video program for its 30m users, may raise funds for acquisitions, but not service

The Next Web

” So what is Nazar looking for in potential acquisitions? It also says it’s been profitable over the past two years.

Smart Dashboard Modules: Insightful Dimensions And Best Metrics

Occam's Razor

Before we go on, what do I mean by database module? Search Contribution: Acquisition, Behavior, Outcomes! Good question! Ready to go?

Reinventing Life Science Startups–Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Steve Blank

For exits, acquisitions are the rule and IPOs the exception. Charles Dickens. It was the best of times and the worst of times. WTF is going on? 

Got Clutter? 5 Ways to Streamline Your Business

Up and Running

Cyber week has ended and Black Friday is behind us, and so are some great deals. Here are five ways you can de-clutter and streamline your business. 1.

Top 10 Most Generous Tech Acquirers of 2012

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Among Zillow's acquisitions on its shopping spree: Mortech, HotPads, Buyfolio, and RentJuice. Look no further.

What Startups Need To Know About Business Valuation


Firms that perform many 409A valuations have access to sophisticated databases and models to evaluate and quantify this probability. 3.

Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

Computer Associates:  CA sells a traditional security bundle and recently added spyware removal tools through their acquisition of PestPatrol.

Monty Widenius Named CTO of MariaDB


It unveiled also a financing round of $9 million from investors like Intel Capital and California Technology Ventures.

Harvard Is a Hotbed for Entrepreneurs (But Needs More Authenticity, Less Whiteboarding)

View from Seed

Editor’s note: We recently published original research on the startup activity of Harvard Business School classes between 2008 and 2014. During school?

Excellent Analytics Tip #17: Calculate Customer Lifetime Value

Occam's Razor

Some Marketers / Analysts use Click-thru Rate (CTR) to measure success of their acquisition campaigns. Optimizing acquisition channels with LTV.

There and Back Again: How a Seemingly Well-Planned Server Move Crashed, Burned, and Rose from the Ashes

Software By Rob

You can read more about the acquisition  here. Within 3 weeks I had to move the entire operation, including a large database, to new servers.

The Top 4 Items You Need Documented When Selling Your Website Through a Broker

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

These lists have value beyond by providing a new future owner with an audience to instantly market to after acquisition. Blog & Grow

13 Buzzwords to Stop Using

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Big data" Big data is data that exceeds the process capacity of conventional database systems and architecture. until they don't. I'm aware.) 4.

Series A Considered Harmful?

Possible Insight

According to to CB Insights , there were 111 private technology company acquisitions over $100M in 2012, thought not all of these would necessarily be VC-backed. Presumably, it is the smaller acquisitions they miss. In my last post , I showed how taking a round of funding logically reduces the available exit options. Run leaner.

Four Steps to Launching an Email Marketing Campaign

Duct Tape Marketing

Even if you only have a handful of email addresses, you should add those to your database. photo credit: Jack Moreh. Develop a Concise Message.

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The cloud landscape described, categorized, and compared

The best-known example of SDN probably is   Nicira , not in the least because of their $1 billion acquisition by VMWare.   OpenStack Neutron  (formerly known as Quantum) is also in this space. mean a bunch of text that describes an application in a certain programming language, integration configurations, or database configurations.

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Proof That Failure Is the Key to Success

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

“I can now get access to the money I need to make acquisitions and add new products. Case Study: PayPal The first is PayPal.

The State of Cybersecurity: Hackers Are Having 'Breakthrough Levels of Success'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We''re not even halfway through 2014, and already it has been an incredibly trying year for cybersecurity experts. companies. Target has no liability.

[Review] The Social Customer


The greatest challenge of the social media age isn’t to grow the largest fan or follower base. Defining Social CRM. The Social CRM Process.

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How to create a profitable Freemium startup (spreadsheet model included!)

For notifications, there’s been a lot of great work in the database and catalog marketing world, for example Strategic Database Marketing.

12 Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

commerce Switch up email acquisition--Did you spend the winter growing your subscriber base? Why a spring cleaning? Can you get better pricing?

Where are the opportunities for machine learning startups? [guest post]

VC Cafe

Large corporations have access to huge datasets and can acquire more (pace IBM’s recent acquisition of The Weather Channel data assets for $1.5bn ).

LinkedIn Will Eventually Buy Quora

Mark Birch

While it is still a long shot, we could be seeing the next big tech startup acquisition before the summer gets rolling. companies. 

Why There Will Never Be Another Red Hat: The Economics of Open Source

Peter Levine

Open source software powers the world’s technology. The future for open source, they argue , is as also-ran software, relegated to niche projects.

Stop Chasing Star Employees. Cultivate Your Own

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And in this hyper-charged atmosphere for talent acquisition, you may be doing yourself a disservice. The goals are not new.

Expert Networks Rollup – Business Connect China merges with Evalueserve Circle of Experts and Tribeca Insights

David Teten

Guidepoint Global’s acquisition of Vista for a (rumored) bargain price has apparently worked out well, and I’m very optimistic about Advantus’s prospects, given their strong base in China. Their database of experts, and to a much lesser extent their client database, have significant value to another expert network player.

SaaS Math: Activation, Retention and Churn


To be clear a user account is never deleted since that can mess up the database, but I usually apply the telco operator standard measure of churn.