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.

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

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. The common mistake acquirers make is treating all acquisitions the same. Predicting Success or Failure of an Acquisition.

Creative ways to scale SMB customer acquisition


The bigger you get, the higher your customer acquisition costs go. Hubspot : Hubspot is a great example of several powerful customer acquisition tactics. The post Creative ways to scale SMB customer acquisition appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod.

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. Do you think Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick or YouTube was really bad for everyone there?

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.

A look at the Constant Contact acquisition


The Deal: Acquisition: Endurance buying all of Constant Contact’s outstanding shares. Strategic Rationale : Endurance has done 40 acquisition since inception; M&A is a core competency for Endurance.

A look at Linkedin’s acquisition strategy


The big news in tech yesterday was Linkedin’s acquisition of Lynda.com for $1.5B. This is by far their largest acquisition to date. So, I thought it might be useful to dig into Linkedin’s acquisition activity to date to see what we can learn.

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


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. By Ron Faith, president and CEO of Datacastle.

Startup Acquisition: How to Attract Potential Buyers

Early Growth Financial Services

But given that planning for an eventual startup exit is something founders should address from day one, and since most exits are through acquisitions, it makes sense to keep that possibility in mind and to avoid any screamingly obvious blunders that could close off one route to exit. How to think about startup acquisition 1. Target one that has significant growth prospects in a field that has existing … Continue reading → Acquisition

Acquisition Interest?

Texas Startup Blog

David Cohen has a great post on his blog titled “You have Acquisition interest – now what?&# Ironically, we have been approached by a number of companies interested in talking to us about selling ShopSavvy. Only recently did I start taking this ‘interest’ seriously. To be honest, only after reviewing David’s post did I realize I could

How to minimize customer acquisition costs

Duct Tape Marketing

How to minimize customer acquisition costs written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. However, if you are able to minimize Customer Acquisition Costs (CAC), you’ll have a sustainable business that does more than stay afloat.

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. But for product and tech acquisitions especially, it is often about getting the attention of the right people at the acquirer. As with financings, acquisitions take a long time and involve lots of meetings and difficult decisions.

Acquisition success depends on founders

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

But, sadly, most acquisitions don't play out as expected. The liquidity event - Acquisition or IPO is the financial reward every startup is working towards. Most acquisition failures can be tied directly to the founders leaving too soon.

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. Partial acquisition.

The Avoidable Reason Why Most Mergers & Acquisitions Fail

Inc Startups

Most corporate acquisitions fail to deliver shareholder value. Here's how to avoid becoming a depressing statistic

Biggest Startup Acquisitions of 2014

Inc Startups

The unicorn acquisition is alive and well in 2014. Here are the most significant deals of the year past, and some insight into how they happened

Mergers and acquisitions take thought and planning

Taffy Williams

In a recent discussion with the CEO of a private company, an acquisition became the dominate topic. Will a workout be part of the acquisition strategy? · strategy entrepreneur business plan acquisition Startup agreements leadership Merger

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.

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.

OutboundEngine Completes Acquisition of ReadyChat


OutboundEngine, which makes an online marketing platform for small business owners, on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of Toronto-based ReadyChat, a web-based live chat service for real estate and mortgage companies. OutboundEngine focuses on real estate, mortgage […] The post OutboundEngine Completes Acquisition of ReadyChat appeared first on SiliconHills.

What Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods Means for Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

No matter the size of you company, you can learn a lot from Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods. Strategy

Shark Tank'ers, Plated, Bite Off Acquisition

Inc Startups

How the meal-kit startup sprouted a business model worthy of millions. Startup

The Saas Math Funnel: Acquisition


As the name suggests, acquisition is all about driving new users, readers or buyers depending on whether you’re running a SaaS, media or e-commerce business respectively. Instead it’s about the math behind acquisition.

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.

Why Amazon's Next Acquisition Target Could Be Nordstrom

Inc Startups

On Friday, the e-commerce giant confirmed the acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Distressed retailers-- la Nordstrom, or the Gap--are likely to be next. E-commerce

Cybersecurity: What to Look for in a Small-Business Acquisition

Inc Startups

By properly vetting the cybersecurity of potential business acquisitions, buyers can prevent data breaches and other post-sale catastrophes

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Does Acquisition = Success? | Hangout with Jason Eckenroth

Business of Software Blog

The 2 years since ShipCompliant’s sale has given its founder Jason Eckenroth plenty of time to think about the process of acquisition. The post Does Acquisition = Success? Hangouts 2018 acquisition europe Hangout videoJason Eckenroth, Founder, ShipCompliant. Is it really the big win that it is so often made out to be? What’s more rewarding – the big cash cow, or sticking with the business through potential growth plateaux?

Bigcommerce’s First Acquisition is in Austin: Zing


In its first acquisition, Bigcommerce announced Tuesday its purchase of Zing, an Austin-based startup that provides mobile retail technologies. Zing moved to Austin three years ago and has raised less than […] The post Bigcommerce’s First Acquisition is in Austin: Zing appeared first on SiliconHills. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zing’s team of five employees will join Bigcommerce. The company has also acquired Zing’s intellectual property.

Three types of acquisition – view from a public company CEO

The Equity Kicker

At a conference last week Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that he thinks about acquisitions in three buckets: companies that are really people who have a technology that Autodesk wants to build up (acquihires). large scale acquisitions. He wants to make lots of acquisitions in the first category, a handful in the second, and only rarely in the third. Also very important to note is that the number of acquisitions declines precipitously as the valuation rises.

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs


In pure web businesses where the headcount doesn’t need to grow as customer acquisition scales, it is also very useful to look customer acquisition costs without the headcount costs.) Metrics on all aspects of the customer acquisition process to find out what can be improved.

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.

The 8 Biggest Startup Acquisitions of 2017

Inc Startups

Sometimes companies buy other companies for a lot of money. Here are eight times that happened in 2017. Best of Inc

Building It Is Not Enough: 5 Practical Tips On User Acquisition


Stories about the growth of "hot" startups such as Facebook, Instagram, AirBNB, and others have created a belief that if you build the right product, customer acquisition will be easy. Finding scalable acquisition channels is a time consuming and strategic effort.

How To Preserve Your Company Culture After An Acquisition


Or perhaps the acquired business seeks an acquisition deal to gain access to a wider marketplace. No matter what the reason, an acquisition tends to shake things up at both businesses. So how do you preserve your company culture after an acquisition?

The economic logic behind tech and talent acquisitions

Chris Dixon

If you want to sell your company – or simply understand acquisitions you read about in the press – it is important to understand how they think about these calculations. There’s been a lot of speculation lately about why big companies spend millions of dollars acquiring startups for their technology or talent. The answer lies in the economic logic that big companies use to make major project decisions. Here is a really simplified example.

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.

Riding the SwiftKey Rocket Ship from Startup to Acquisition | Jon Reynolds, SwiftKey | BoS Europe 2017

Business of Software Blog

In this fireside chat, Jon tells the story of SwiftKey – its early days in Cambridge, moving to a USA office, and acquisition. I think the process we came down to is everyone focuses on money and on acquisition but it’s a lot more than that. Jon Reynolds, Founder, SwiftKey.

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

Feld Thoughts

They followed this up with two acquisitions – first Conspire and then Profoundis. I love using a targeted acquisition approach in conjunction with a business that has a clear strategy and strong organic growth.

An Acquisition Without the Acrimony?

Inc Startups

Lots of acquisitions lead to redundancies, lay-offs, and ultimately unhappy marriages. Most acquisitions are designed to fuel growth. Walk me through the acquisition reasoning. We saw the acquisition as a way to grow our core business in a meaningful way.