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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?

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.

Traction is the new IP

Version One Ventures

“Traction is the new IP ” sums up perfectly how the technology space has evolved over the past decade due to the nature of the web. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company. Even beyond auctions and social networks, the web tends to prefer the category leader.

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Preparing For An Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

Whether your company is generating profits or operating at a loss, taxes are a significant risk area in any acquisition. Know your business.

Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting. IP is a not just a legal issue.

Steve Blank: Why Corporate Acquisitions of Startups Fail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

The Backuisition and 9 Other Types of Acquisitions [humor]

OnStartups

10 Types of Acquisitions. Crackuisition : BigCo is addicted to acquisitions. It's time for some Friday fun. Before somebody gets hurt.

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Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

Israeli startups in the mobile space are once again showing impressive attendance levels, with 56 Israeli companies exhibiting in the Israeli Pavilion.

Google Going All In on Mobile

Venture Chronicles

I’m with Larry… this is about IP and what Google is doing is acquiring a massive IP war chest that they can use as currency for access to other people’s IP as well as protect their hardware partners with. In the end, I like this acquisition for Google and now all attention shifts to Microsoft and RIM.

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

Deal with IP Assignment as quickly as possible; you don’t want to leave any loopholes in there that will scare investors away. Accounting.

How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

Steve Blank

Startups are developing IP relevant to the disruption. —– Corporate Leadership’s Innovation Outpost Decision Process. Sold?

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

These corporate VC activities go hand in hand with other strategies of large companies including internal R&D, IP licensing, M&A, etc. .

Top 4 Content Marketing Metrics

Duct Tape Marketing

This is the total number of unique IP Addresses that have accessed your site in the filter window. Average Session Duration. Bounce Rate.

Key Contracts Every Business Must Use

YoungUpstarts

by Tej Prakash, co-founder of ShouldiSign.com. It’s these relationships that, more often than not, make a business successful. Employees. Freelancers.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

And when we do make bets, they’re small bets on incremental products or acquisitions that simply add to the bottom line.”. I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At How can we restart our innovation culture?”.

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The Oracle Way

Mark Birch

Oracle has already shown itself ready to take aggressive action in its pursuit of protecting its IP in the Google Android lawsuit.

If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!

YoungUpstarts

Michael Melfi is an IP attorney, entrepreneur coach, investor, media personality and four-time author. By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA.

Retooling Marketing in a B2B Company

Venture Chronicles

Ping Identity has gone through a top to bottom transformation in marketing over the last year.

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Corporate Dev Will Kill You

Mark Birch

I have been telling startup founders for a while about the dangers of the corp dev guys. Instead you get into a sort of flow.

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

Doing so meant they would have to take risks for IP acquisition and customer/market risks outside their experience or comfort zone.

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

Most NDA violations don’t end with a company acquisition, but they can be costly nonetheless. Image via HBO. Bad business partnerships.

Startup Blog: Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Patents?

Taffy Williams

There are a few ways to obtain the rights to IP for your NewCo. Great article and information on IP and patents, truly valuable info.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

YouAppi (2011)- YouAppi creates adtech to streamline mobile user acquisition. Some examples: AI will be the new mobile. Billion in VC funding.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

SoCal CTO

Will Price , October 11, 2010 Georgians Should Vote No - Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby , October 28, 2010 Free Software for Managing a Lean Startup - Platforms and Networks , January 17, 2010 Purpose Driven Life - Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur , July 26, 2010 Two Decade-Defining Acquisitions? First Principles.

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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

The Intersection of SEO and CRO (and How to Maximize Long Term Growth)

ConversionXL

How do you balance traffic acquisition with conversion optimization? Of course, it’s not so simple. CRO and SEO: The Perfect Couple? Right?

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The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

On future occasions, whenever I expressed an interest to invest, the founders came back and told me that they had an acquisition offer on the table!

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

Both Sides of the Table

It is the world’s best customer acquisition for video consumers to get them to come to your O&O where you can make your $25 CPMs.

Synopsys acquires Oulu's Codenomicon

ArcticStartup

The details of the acquisition were not announced. Adding the Internet of Things to the mix increases the complexity of security even further.

McAfee To Acquire Finnish Stonesoft For €297 Million

ArcticStartup

In a big acquisition for Finland, McAfee has announced the acquisition of Helsinki-based Stonesoft for a nice €297 million in cash.

The Advanced Guide to Transactional Emails That Convert

ConversionXL

Use a dedicated IP for transactional emails. Identify all of the machines, IP addresses and sending domains you use. Tweet It!]. Content.

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The Boston Surprise

Fred Destin

As a remarkable IP powerhouse Boston always has and will continue to produce hard tech innovation that produce meaningful outcomes.

Read My Lips: We Are Not Walking Away from WebOS

Venture Chronicles

Watch for two main arguments being presented, the first by the tech pundit community and the second by HP itself in an effort to salvage whatever dignity remains after spending a lot of money on an acquisition that many people, including myself, said makes sense but then completely failing on the follow through. billion.

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Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out – The Startup Genome Project

Steve Blank

Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. . We found 4 different major groups of startups that all have very different behavior regarding customer acquisition, time, product, market and team. Ok, I get a lot of these. Is this some grad student or post doc who wanted to do some independent study? I asked.

Getting Series A Ready

StartupCFO

At Real Ventures , we run a dedicated program of seed stage investments. To date we have made 34 of them + another 20 Founderfuel investments.

Registering A Domain Name For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Your domain name is different from its IP address. Another business may pick up the domain name and prevent or delay your acquisition of it.

14 Interesting Findings From The Startup Genome Project

YoungUpstarts

Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. Here are 14 of the report’s key findings: 1. better user growth.

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Booxmedia acquired by Amino

ArcticStartup

The acquisition provides the Group with an immediate capability in this area whilst also providing a platform to build upon. in cash and €0.7m

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

So NEVER talk about early exits, quick flips, tuck-in acquisitions, previous interest shown by acquirers, etc., What about Product / IP?

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

Both Sides of the Table

We want money to make some acquisitions (investors would prefer to fund M&A if they know specific deals – not to encourage bad behavior. So money spent should add equity value or create IP that eventually will. I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “ Startup Burn Rate is Normal.