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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.

Navajo Systems SaaS Encryption Sold to SalesForce

VC Cafe

Following the acquisition, SalesForce will open its first R&D center in Israel. Navajo systems cached homepage.

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.

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. 

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.

Exit Strategy - Acquisitions are usually under $30 million

Angel Blog

The really interesting story these days about tech exits is not the small number of really big acquisitions, it’s the big number of smaller acquisitions. He reports that the Mergerstat database, which includes about 5,000 tech acquisitions per year, showed an average selling price of $12 million. What do you think

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Battery Ventures Leads Pursway’s Series A

VC Cafe

Pursway uses patent pending sentiment analysis technology on social networks, enabling clients to identify the influencers and followers for each of their products product within their customer database. The company’s solution aims to increase ROI, cross selling and customer acquisition through better targeting.

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.

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.

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 ).

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.

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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Introduction to Growth Hacking for Startups

VC Cafe

In a nutshell: Acquisition  - Get people to hear about your product from press, blogs and social channels. like/+1/follow? Distribution Hacks.

[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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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?

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.

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?

Email Marketing: Campaign Analysis, Metrics, Best Practices

Occam's Razor

For everything you do it is important to measure your effectiveness of all three phases of your effort: Acquisition. Not true. Sorry. 3. Click.

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.

A Better Definition of Big Data

Venture Cyclist

For a long time, Moore’s law would ensure regular general-purpose computers would improve fast enough to keep the databases humming with no need for (more expensive) special purpose products. In this era of big data, we have reached a new limit – something never usually considered a limit at all. That limit is Moore’s law.

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.