A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

Many of formerly rich acquirers like AOL and Yahoo have long since faded past their heyday, and their appetite for acquisitions has subsided along with it. Overall, a much more positive picture than the late 2000’s.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

2000 was the Peak of Inflated Expectations. 1995 – 2000 was the climb up to the Peak. Technology acquisitions flatiron partners fred wilson gartner Jerry Colonna steve case

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The Cost of Customer Acquisition: How Much Can You Spend to Earn New Business?

Duct Tape Marketing

The Cost of Customer Acquisition: How Much Can You Spend to Earn New Business? Once you understand the lifetime value of a customer, you can determine how much you’re willing to pay in new customer acquisition costs.

From Founder to Employee: The Surprisingly Smooth Post-Acquisition Transition

Inc Startups

I talked to Michael and Marcel about the journey from startup to acquisition and beyond. When you considered various exit strategies, was an acquisition part of the mix? Marcel: I had done an IPO in 2000. The key to the transition--whether from startup to IPO or acquisition or even landing investors--is ensuring you reach that point with fresh legs. See an acquisition not as an ending but as the beginning of a new phase.

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A Billion Dollars, Through Acquisitions & Perseverance

Inc Startups

The company has since grown to 500 employees, and with the acquisitions of Ketera Network and Homerun.com, was valued at $1 billion in September 2011. We launched in March of 2000, which was not great timing.

A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

Many of formerly rich acquirers like AOL and Yahoo have long since faded past their heyday, and their appetite for acquisitions has subsided along with it. Overall, a much more positive picture than the late 2000’s.

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The Lindy Effect on startup potential

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Will you ever get 2000? I hope so, but most companies that do get 100 never get 2000. ” Going from 1000 to 2000 in six months is more like it.). The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time.

Free Money | Supporting Entrepreneurial Non-Profits

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Since 2000, Springboard Enterprises has served as a resource hub of influencers, investors and innovators engaged in helping women build big businesses. Mergers and Acquisitions Philanthropy

Marketing is Design: Three Words that Increased My E-commerce.

Software By Rob

Your Wall Is Dingy

Feld Thoughts

We had just acquired a company (I don’t remember which one or in which city) sometime in 2000. I was visiting the company post acquisition and wandering down the main hallway with the founder of the company we had just acquired. If I could teleport myself back to that hallway in 2000, I’d say “Wow – your wall is dingy, and I love it, because it reminds me how frugal you are.”

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I learned this lesson 127 times between 2000 and 2005. I started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. They are almost always written in a way that doesn’t really hold up, creates misalignment, or is a negotiating anchor in an acquisition situation. Mark Suster wrote a great post yesterday titled The Resetting of the Startup Industry. Go read it now – I’ll wait.

The Very Best Digital Metrics For 15 Different Companies!

Occam's Razor

tearsofpain One way of removing silos and focusing on the entire business is to leverage Acquisition, Behavior and Outcome metrics. A small change I’ll make in this post is that when I recommend the metrics, I’ll follow the Outcomes | Behavior | Acquisition structure throughout this post.

Phase Forward: Remembering the Early Days

Venture Cyclist

I went to Newton City Hall today to run an errand and saw the Balsamo/Millenium walkway that the city created to celebrate the year 2000. The later history of Phase Forward included an IPO and then a successful acquisition by Oracle Corporation in 2010.

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Yair Goldfinger’s Newest Exit: Dotomi Sells to Value Click

VC Cafe

Yair Goldfinger, co-founder and CTO of Dotomi and a prominent Israeli angel investor, founded Dotomi back in 2000, following the acquisition of ICQ by AOL.

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Is Your Startup Ready For The Challenges Of An IPO?

Startup Professionals Musings

IPO market showed more activity than any other first quarter since 2000, with 64 companies raising $10.6 You better have lined up a major international expansion, some major acquisition candidates, or a wealth of unfilled orders.

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Not Everyone Is “Killing” It: How & When to Admit It

Agile VC

And even acquisitions painted as successes may look very different below the (typically confidential) surface. Note: This post also published at NextView’s blog for seed stage companies The View From Seed.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

Best practices in software development started to move to agile development in the early 2000’s. I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”.

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Not Every Startup Is “Killing It” (How to Speak Up During Tough Times)

View from Seed

And even acquisitions painted as successes may look very different below the (typically confidential) surface. The startup ecosystem is often full of hyperbole, which is perfectly understandable when you think about it.

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

NextWala

Mobile: A Walk Down Memory Lane, 2000 to 2011. The Digital Car and Harmans acquisition of Aha Mobile.   Harman today announced its acquisition of Aha Mobile , a Venrock portfolio company. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Digital Car and Harmans acquisition of Aha Mobile : Comments. NextWala. VC perspective and analysis from a former entrepreneur. About Me. Dev Khare. New Delhi, India. dkhare at lightspeedvp dot com. www.about.me/dkhare.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

After running Microsoft for 25 years, Bill Gates handed the reins of CEO to Steve Ballmer in January 2000. The launch of the Xbox and Kinect, and the acquisitions of Skype and Yammer happened on his shift. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

After running Microsoft for 25 years, Bill Gates handed the reins of CEO to Steve Ballmer in January 2000. The launch of the Xbox and Kinect, and the acquisitions of Skype and Yammer happened on his shift. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

222 firms held initial public offerings last year, raising $55 Billion, the most since 406 companies went public for $97 million in 2000. Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999. New data from research firm Pitchbook makes it official: valuations are at an all-time high.

The Coming Zombie Startup Apocalypse

This is going to be BIG.

It took the NASDAQ fifteen years to get back to it''s March 2000 peak--and I think that it''s possible we''re looking ahead at the same kind of period, but one without the huge trough. Are we in a bubble? And if so, when will it burst?

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

August 1995 – March 2000: The Dot.Com Bubble. Tech IPOs were a receding memory, and mergers and acquisitions became the only path to liquidity for startups. Startup exits in the next three years will include IPO’s as well as acquisitions. Carpe Diem.

6 “Don’ts” Of Starting A Successful Business

YoungUpstarts

I’ve seen the company go through ups, downs, more ups, near failure, acquisitions, and incredible growth. He joined the New York City-based company in 2000 as its first salesperson and quickly rose to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Tech Company Deals Skyrocket in First Quarter (Thanks, Facebook)

Inc Startups

Merger and acquisitions in the tech sector are off to a roaring start this year. With GoPro and Box looking to go public, technology IPOs are having a banner year in 2014--and so are mergers and acquisitions, which might bode well for startups angling to get aquired in the near future.

Here is Why You Need a Good Startup Exit Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

So here are the most common exit strategies and considerations these days for planning purposes: Merger & Acquisition (M&A). But since the Internet bubble burst in the year 2000, the IPO rate has declined every year until 2010, and is now at about 15%.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

In 1998 there were around 850 VC funds and by 2000 there were 2,300. By 2000 the total LP commitments had mushroomed to more than $100 billion. LP contributions to VC firms shrunk from 2000 and by 2005-2008 had stabilized to around $30 billion per year.

How Do you Motivate Yourself and Stay Focused?

Both Sides of the Table

But I had been down this road in 2000 and I saw how punishing markets could be when you didn’t sell and had an offer. Make sure the acquisition is still on target. Look, if you had, one shot. Or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment.

Mentors 6/18: The Best Mentor Relationships Eventually Become Two-Way

Feld Thoughts

In addition to having my company acquired, I worked with them on the diligence team for a number of other acquisitions. In 2000, I invested via Mobius Venture Capital in The Feld Group and joined the board.

How to Hack Growth When Growth Stalls

ConversionXL

For example, for a company that has been reliant solely on paid acquisition the growth team should experiment with developing organic channels such as search engine optimization, content marketing, or social media marketing to complement the paid efforts.

14 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

By screening hundreds of SMB acquisition opportunities as managing partner at my private equity firm, I saw first-hand that the vast majority of small business owners run their firms without the benefit of good financial or operating metrics. Each business has a story.

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: TripAdvisor

Seeing Both Sides

Founded in 2000 by Stephen Kaufer and Langley Steinert, Boston-based TripAdvisor is a travel website that provides reviews and other information for consumers about travel destinations around the world. Big Data meets travel…in 2000.

30 Franchises

Scott Weiss

And the traditional approach of dealing with technology shifts – through acquisition – looks like it’s headed towards failure. As such, there is an unprecedented opportunity to create many, new multi-billion dollar enterprise franchises that are on the right side of these forces and are willing to go the distance in the face of ridiculously high acquisition offers. And so why won’t these acquisitions pan out?

A Recipe for Growth: Adding Layers to the Cake

Jeff Jordan

Our first was international expansion, which started in earnest in the early 2000’s. We followed with payments, facilitated by our acquisition of PayPal (and worth noting here that PayPal’s early growth was primarily as the payment functionality on the eBay marketplace).

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Leaving It All on the Field

Jeff Jordan

Reel.com went from filing to go public in December 1999 to being closed down in June 2000, ostensibly a casualty of the end of the “Bubble”. And one quickly did when Meg decided to split eBay into two divisions with the launch of the International unit, and in early 2000 she appointed me as head of the legacy eBay North America business. During that time I championed eBay’s acquisition of PayPal, and in 2005 I moved over to head PayPal during its hyper-growth period.

‘Capital Efficiency’ doesn’t exist

K9 Ventures

I started the company in December 1996, we sold the company in March 2000 (3+ years). We had just under 20 people prior to the acquisition at over $100M — that’s a pretty capital efficient company by any definition.

VC Investment Reaches Highs Not Seen Since Dot-Com Bubble

Inc Startups

based, venture-backed companies went public in the first quarter, the most since the third quarter of 2000. There were also 174 venture-backed mergers or acquisitions in the quarter. As companies take longer to go public, late-stage rounds get big. No, make that huge.

Invest in Israel Newsletter – February 2012

VC Cafe

Worklight is IBM’s 11th acquisition in Israel. Once the acquisition has been completed, Worklight’s operations will be merged with IBM’s software laboratory in Israel, which is headed by Dr. Daniel Yellin.

Forget IPO. The New Goal? Get Acquired

Inc Startups

From 1980 to 2000, an average of 311 companies per year went public in the U.S. Their conclusion: Entrepreneurs and VCs are seeking out acquisitions--not IPOs--for venture-backed start-ups. "We At the time of the acquisition, Lijit had already raised $29 million.