Machine Learning Is Your Secret Weapon For Customer Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead when it comes to customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon. Machine learning is the AI focal point for your customer relationship management (CRM) tool and can be the key to boosting your customer acquisition. With all of this and more on the horizon, machine learning is becoming the ultimate secret weapon for customer acquisition. by Chad Ruff, Chief Technology Officer at Swiftpage.

Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence Checklist

The Startup Magazine

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, taking due diligence takes center stage. On these lines, this guide is going to take you through the Prolifogy Mergers & Acquisitions Checklist and how to take due diligence. Also, review past acquisition agreements and equipment leases.

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Workday continues its acquisition trajectory

deal architect

Many companies make acquisitions to diversify into new markets. Others do it to acquire revenues and customer bases. Workday has been consistent in the last few years to acquire analytical capabilities and talent especially in its back office focus areas. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Preparing For An Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

In the current economic landscape, it’s common for startups and businesses to seek a buyout or acquisition — in fact, it’s frequently the goal from the start. Preparing for an acquisition as early as possible can help alleviate the stress of an unplanned opportunity as well as put your company in the best situation for the strongest offer when the decision is made to sell the enterprise. Professionalisms business acquisitions business advice Jeff Stark mergers & acquisitions

Blindsided: Where Business Acquisitions Go Wrong

YFS Magazine

Grow Operations acquisition customer acquisition customer relationship management mergers and acquisitionsIt's easy to be blindsided by the future if you're always looking to the past for information. By the time a customer leaves, you've had months of failures but didn't realize it. Look forward instead.

Workday continues its acquisition trajectory

deal architect

Many companies make acquisitions to diversify into new markets. Others do it to acquire revenues and customer bases. Workday has been consistent in the last few years to acquire analytical capabilities and talent especially in its back office focus areas. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Startups Need Mergers And Acquisitions For Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

This strategy is called “organic growth,” yet it alone may yield only a fraction of the potential you could achieve, unless you add the additional strategies of partnerships and M&A (mergers and acquisitions). Actively pursue mergers and acquisitions. Overreliance on acquisitions drains resources and de-motivates internal teams. Partial acquisition. alliances entrepreneur startup merger acquisition growth business

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Selling Your Company? When To Say ‘No’ To An Acquisition

YFS Magazine

Exit Strategy Grow exit planning exit strategy mergers and acquisitions selling a businessWe knew if we could continue to double our sales, we could hold off, keep scaling the business, and in the end be in a much better place to sell. And we did just that.

Financing Acquisitions: Keys to Structuring the Deal And Obtaining The Funding

YoungUpstarts

Of course, these are important ingredients to growth, but the – perhaps unconventional – truth is that this kind of growth can be riskier and less compelling to investors than growth through acquisition. In fact, synergistic acquisitionsacquisitions that reap rewards beyond just combining two enterprises – can and often do bring middle market companies other significant benefits, including rapid growth, increased market share and economies of scale. by Kenneth H.

Leasing Vs. Acquisition: When To Hire And When To Buy New Equipment

YoungUpstarts

Leasing and acquisition are subjects that every business has to deal with eventually. When it comes to where you get your equipment from, you have two main choices: leasing and acquisition. Acquisition is the process of going out and buying new equipment, whether you pay for it outright or whether you sign up to pay it off in instalments. In layman’s terms, leasing is like renting a house and acquisition is like buying one. Acquisition.

[Asia] Tech In Asia Buys GameSaku In Acquisition Blitz

YoungUpstarts

Just a week after Tech in Asia ( Techinasia.com ) completed its acquisition of fellow Singapore-based blog SGEntrepreneurs (SGE) for an undisclosed sum, the startup and technology blog today announced that it has also acquired Indonesia-based gaming blog GameSaku from Apps Foundry. In the News acquisition Asia GamesInAsia.

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Quickly Unpacking Google’s Acquisition Of Fitbit

Haystack

Usually these M&A posts involve a private startup being purchased, but this past week, we witnessed a different type of deal — Google acquired Fitbit, which had been a public company for nearly four years. Fitbit was started in a previous startup era, raised about $65M in venture capital, went public in 2015, and reached heights of over a $4B market cap. 1/ High End And Low End Disruption – Fitbit ended up owning nearly one quarter of the wearables market.

3 Ways Acquisition Entrepreneurship Is Better Than Starting Your Own Business

YoungUpstarts

by Walker Deibel , Managing Director of Centra and author of “ Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game “ In the film “Moneyball,” budget-conscious Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane bucks the traditional team-building principles to put together a squad of undervalued players who can compete with the big-money clubs. Acquisition entrepreneurship is a model in the same vein.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. The goal is to get a corporate investment or an outright acquisition of the startup. VCs like acquisitions as much as IPOs because the acquiring companies often can rationalize paying large multiples over the current valuation of the startup. The common mistake acquirers make is treating all acquisitions the same. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing?

Quickly Unpacking The Looker And Tableau Acquisitions

Haystack

Normally, I like to pounce on these big acquisitions quickly with some quick analysis, but big M&A in tech is happening too fast, and it’s graduation season for the toddlers, and family is in town, so for this installment of the blog, we will talk about both Looker and Tableau together, as they’re in the same space. So without further ado, here are my quick takeaways from both acquisitions: 1/ “Not Another BI Startup?” He is also very acquisitive.

FullContact Makes Its First Acquisition – Acquires Cobook

Feld Thoughts

One of my basic strategies as an investor is to use targeted small acquisitions throughout the life of a company. Cobook is a perfect acquisition for us. The post FullContact Makes Its First Acquisition – Acquires Cobook appeared first on Feld Thoughts. My Investments acquisition cobook contacts fullcontact I love playing offense. FullContact is officially in this mode and today announced that they have acquired Cobook with with Pot, Ski Passes and Dogecoin.

Refutation: An acquisition is always a failure

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Jake Lodwick wrote an article on PandoDaily entitled “An acquisition is always a failure.” Sure not all acquisitions go that way. People love quoting (presumably made-up) stats about how most acquisitions are failures, but they forget to mention that most independent startups also fail. Do you think Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick or YouTube was really bad for everyone there? Or eBay’s acquisition of PayPal?

Post Acquisition – It’s Business as Usual Except Better

Feld Thoughts

Recently I wrote about how I think about private company acquisition strategies using FullContact as the example of one where it is working well. Last week I was at a board meeting for a different company which did an acquisition a month ago. Usually, the first three months post acquisition are up and down. I know a lot of companies that have a very well defined post-acquisition process. Management acquisitions

Optimizing your Customer Acquisition Funnel

For Entrepreneurs

Startup Help freemium Harvesting demand versus creating demand Hubspot Inbound Marketing JBoss Lean startup Mirror42 Optimize customer acquisition funnel Remove blockage points in sales funnel Sales funnel sales process optimization SysomosAlmost every sales and marketing funnel has blockage points where the conversion rates are lower than hoped, or the process cannot be scaled.

Congrats On Your Acquisition! Some Thoughts On Data Integration And More.

YoungUpstarts

Yet, even though our team had experience with several previous successful acquisitions, after the initial rush of excitement, the hard reality of bringing together two separate entities set in. Integrating an acquisition is difficult in the best of circumstances and can often fail to meet stakeholders’ expectations. Our acquisition involved bringing petabytes of precious customer and partner backup data under our company’s direct management.

SEOmoz Acquires Followerwonk – A Perfect Small Acquisition

Feld Thoughts

The acquisition closed about six weeks ago and the Followerwonk product has been fully integrated into SEOmoz. I think it’s incredibly powerful to accelerate the growth of a company via targeted acquisitions. Another recent example from my world just to see what I mean is Rally Software’s acquisition of Agile Advantage. And I learned the basis of everything I know about acquisitions from Len Fassler and Jerry Poch, who acquired my first company.

Matthew Brunstrum On Prioritizing Operations and Financials For a Successful Acquisition

The Startup Magazine

Mergers and acquisitions are an integral part of the business world. An acquisition can fulfill these needs while bringing a company a new market share and better opportunities for growth. Matthew Brunstrum , a mergers and acquisitions advisor, explains why companies should prioritize their operations and financial considerations in order to make an acquisition succeed. The Basic Principles of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Factors To Consider When Creating An Acquisition Strategy As A Tech Startup

YoungUpstarts

For most of those that manage to grow big, acquisition of other companies plays a major role in their success. While many businesses are aware of the importance of importance of acquisitions as a growth strategy few get it right when making acquisitions. In fact statistics show that only a quarter of acquisitions succeed. Unfortunately, their understanding of a great deal is limited to the cost of the acquisition alone. Have Clear Objectives for the Acquisition.

How To Interpret VC Twitter Reactions To Portfolio Company Acquisitions

Hunter Walker

Here’s How to Interpret VC Reactions To a Portfolio Company Acquisition. In my 6+ years of Homebrew , I’ve become a student of VC social media. For the first time, I pull back the cover and share this with you, putting myself at risk by breaking the venture omerta. Tweets congratulatory blog post, pics from closing dinner w open wine bottles, seven year old photo of VC w the founder = RETURNED THE FUND!!!

Mergers And Acquisitions: 4 Tips To Escape The ‘Friend Zone’

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow acquisition business brokers merger mergers and acquisitions moneyEither way, you will have closure and have finally moved beyond the dreaded M&A friend zone.

How to keep founders around after an acquisition

Version One Ventures

That’s why we’ve seen example after example of “acqui-hires” in the past few years as well as some very large acquisitions where a big driver was the talent behind a start-up (e.g. However, only a few big companies have truly figured out how to keep founders around after the acquisition. In most cases, as Bloomberg detailed with Zynga , the founder leaves 1-2 years after acquisition.

Quickly Unpacking Spotify’s Acquisition Of Gimlet Media

Haystack

I’ve been traveling all week, digging out of email, and closing two deals and — hence — have been pretty quiet online. As I was scrolling through Twitter today and saw the rumors around Gimlet, the podcast media company, being acquired by Spotify for $200M in cash, I knew I had to stop, write this post, and share some thoughts on what’s going on. So, here goes…. Well, actually, before I begin, this post needs a few disclaimers.

The Acquisition Game

Tim Keane

The recent story about the acquisition of ProCut, a small manufacturer in New Hampshire, by Snap On of Kenosha probably had a lot of Wisconsin-based manufacturers thinking about the successful path to a sale of their companies. Two entrepreneurs started

Quickly Unpacking The $1.4B Acquisition of Harry’s

Haystack

Believe it or not, this will now be the second blog post on this site about a billion-dollar exit for a shaving-related startup. It was just about three years ago when the startup world learned that Unilever had decided to plunk down a cool $1B to buy LA’s Dollar Shave Club. Fast-forward to today, and we have a smaller conglomerate, Edgewell, paying a mix of cash and stock for NYC’s Harry’s.

Startups Should Fuel Growth By Acquisitions

Startup Professionals Musings

Non-organic growth would include OEM relationships, finding strategic partners, “coopetition,” as well as acquisitions. Even mergers and acquisitions (M&A) came early. Tags: entrepreneur startup merger acquisition business Startups are usually so focused on selling more of their branded product or service to their own customer base (organic growth) that they don’t consider the more indirect methods (non-organic growth) of increasing revenue and market share.

Quickly Unpacking ATT’s Acquisition Of AppNexus

Haystack

What does a massive telco do to follow up an $85B acquisition of Time Warner? exits like that of GitHub to Microsoft make the big waves, acquisitions like that of AT&T buying AppNexus can feel, relatively speaking, small — but that would be a mistake to perceive it that way. AppNexus makes sense in the aftermath of the TW acquisition as to way to monetize content inventory at scale. Spend about $1.6-$2.0B on AppNexus, of course. In an age where $7.5B

Watch out for unfair indemnity during acquisitions

David Cohen

The post Watch out for unfair indemnity during acquisitions appeared first on Hi, I'm David G. Unfair by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images?. Recently, at Techstars , we’re noticing more and more that we are being asked to sign up for joint unlimited liability for fraud in the context of M&A with one of our portfolio companies.

Quickly Unpacking SAP’s $8B Acquisition Of Qualtrics

Haystack

In the wake of what is now considered the second-highest enterprise SaaS acquisition in history, below are some quick takeaways that are on my mind: 1/ The Efficiency Of Silicon Slopes – By now it should be no surprise that Utah’s tech ecosystem is on fire. Tweeted VC Villi Iltchev, “ This acquisition is completely consistent with prior SAP deals where you buy the leader and not worry about price (Ariba, SuccessFactors, Concur and now Q). ”.

Quickly Unpacking Microsoft’s Acquisition Of GitHub

Haystack

With Microsoft’s stock price (and technology brand) soaring of late, Nadella and his team have not been shy, with blockbuster platform acquisitions like Minecraft and LinkedIn , innovative product scoops like Accompli for email and Sunrise for calendar, and rebranding its very active, SF-based venture arm as “ M12 ” to further its future technology agenda. Satya strikes again.

Quickly Unpacking Amazon’s Acquisition Of PillPack

Haystack

PillPack didn’t over-raise venture capital, likely had several million on the balance sheet when it was acquired, and the acquisition presents a terrific outcome for the Boston area. By now, one wonders what tech news will be tucked into the public record the days before a major holiday travel week approaches.

Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

Both Sides of the Table

I think Twitter made a minor gaffe by announcing their Blackberry app and their acquisition of Atebits (Tweetie) before the Chirp conference. And I saw a lot of this first hand in Salesforce’s acquisition of my company, Koral, which was a content management company. Other times we may make acquisitions and almost every acquisition leaves some company needing to pivot in a different direction. So Twitter is buying and building Twitter clients.

How To Find An Advisor To Help With Mergers And Acquisitions

YoungUpstarts

When business owners go through mergers and acquisitions, they often enlist the services of specialist advisors. Either way, merger and acquisition services are vital to the success of such an enterprise. What to Look for in Merger and Acquisition Services. Educate yourself in the world of mergers and acquisitions as well. A merger and acquisition is a huge enterprise that could go either way.

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Traffic Acquisition Strategy: A Data-Driven Approach to Increase Site Traffic

ConversionXL

Dave McClure’s conversion metrics visualize where different conversion optimization opportunities lie—including those for acquisition. Acquisition focuses on how to grab attention in a very crowded content environment. Acquisition growth

Mobile Marketing 2015: Rethink Customer Acquisition, Intent Targeting

Occam's Razor

They are slow to grasp new opportunities to rethink customer relationships, to revolutionize products and services, marketing, advertising, acquisition, and to deliver delight and make people happy. Customer acquisition. Re-think Customer Acquisition, Brand Engagement. Why not rethink acquisition? Re-think customer acquisition and brand engagement. Re-think Customer Data Acquisition, Intent Targeting/Monetization.

Considering A Merger Or Acquisition? Vet Potential Investors In 3 Easy Steps

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow investors mergers and acquisitions moneyThere are many horror stories in the startup space associated with failed mergers and the theft of intellectual property.

Austin-based WikiBuy is Booming Since its Acquisition by Capital One

SiliconHills

The post Austin-based WikiBuy is Booming Since its Acquisition by Capital One appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin has become an eCommerce hub. And that’s thanks, in part, to homegrown startups like WikiBuy, which was acquired by Capital One for an undisclosed sum in November of 2018. Other major Austin players in the eCommerce industry include RetailMeNot, Bazaarvoice, BigCommerce, Dosh, Convey, H-E-B Digital, Black Locus/Home Depot, and Favor. And Austin is also […].

10 tech acquisitions from 2016 you should know

The Next Web

Acquisitions can tell us a lot about the state of the startup world. 2016 has been quite a year, and has spared no one its many, many surprises. So too in tech we’ve seen some pretty surprising deals take place. From toy manufacturers buying IoT startups to traditional retailers paying billions for e-commerce unicorns, deals coming straigh-out-of-left-field abound. The ultimate goal of any startup is an exit. Exit strategies fall mainly into two camps: IPO, or get acquired.

How to plan to make a successful acquisition

Berkonomics

One of my company CEO’s recently described his rule for acquisition success, and it resonated with me as a great goal for planning during acquisition exercises. This CEO states that he has made it work twice when acquiring companies, and that is enough for him to make it his rule for all future acquisitions.