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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?

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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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.

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.

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.

The Backuisition and 9 Other Types of Acquisitions [humor]

OnStartups

10 Types of Acquisitions. 1. Crackuisition : BigCo is addicted to acquisitions. It's time for some Friday fun. Do you have hackers?”

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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.

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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? 6. 

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.

Google Going All In on Mobile

Venture Chronicles

If I’m HTC and Samsung this will ultimately be a good thing because the IP equivalent of the Allied Powers has just been formed. In the end, I like this acquisition for Google and now all attention shifts to Microsoft and RIM. Uncategorized Android Google IP Microsoft mobile Motorola RIM

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.

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. failed project is considered a negative to a corporate career. —-. What Drives Innovation?

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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. 

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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 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.

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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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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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 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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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.

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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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.

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.

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!

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.

How do seed VCs pick their investments?

Hippoland

What customer acquisition channels / what have they tried / not tried / etc] [Is this growing? / how quickly?] How many?  Are they paying?

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.

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.

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

Steve Blank

Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. . In April 2010 I received an email that said, “I’m an incoming Stanford student in the fall and working on a project that a number of people suggested I get in touch with you about.&#. Ok, I get a lot of these. Hmm, now I’m getting intrigued. asked.

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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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.

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. more money , have 3.6x

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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The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

What about Product / IP? I obviously don’t speak for all investors. So I wrote to the entrepreneur and said, “Congrats. understand.

Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

IP intelligence services, phishing blacklist feeds, website and program popularity data). This is all mostly true. ” InfiniTrust. Problem.

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.

How To Survive A Startup

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

No matter how big or small you are, it’s always important to consider protecting your IP and trademark that will provide a secure shelter for the future of your business. There are a number of options from acquisitions, creating a lifestyle company, IPO’s and selling to a friendly buyer. Do nothing – think. Build a shelter.

5/25-NYC – Investing in Intellectual Capital: Patents, Trademarks, Domain Names, Litigation, Government Rights, and other Intangible Assets

David Teten

Kevin Barhydt, Head of Acquisitions, RPX. Kevin Barhydt, Head of Acquisitions, RPX. Panelists: Jeff Kupietzky MBA 98, CEO, Oversee.net.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? Unfortunately, I cannot make it much less fuzzy.

Ixia Buys Austin-based BreakingPoint Systems

SiliconHills

Ixia, a provider of IP and wireless network test systems, announced today its acquisition of Austin-based BreakingPoint Systems, a security testing firm, for $160 million in cash. The deal gives Ixia the ability to offer its customers IP and wireless monitors, [.].