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.

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

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.

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

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

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. Value the target acquisition as a standalone business first. by Kenneth H.

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.

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How To Preserve Your Company Culture After An Acquisition

YoungUpstarts

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?

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.

[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.

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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. 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.

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?

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 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

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. By Ron Faith, president and CEO of Datacastle.

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. by Cameron Johnson.

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.

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

Quickly Unpacking Two Recent Acquisitions (of Cylance; of PlanGrid)

Haystack

It’s been a few years now since BlackBerry made phones, and this represents its largest purchase to date (by a factor of 3) since its 2015 acquisition of Good Technology.

Favor has Grown Tremendously Since its Acquisition by H-E-B

SiliconHills

The post Favor has Grown Tremendously Since its Acquisition by H-E-B appeared first on SiliconHills. By Laura Lorek Publisher of SIlicon Hills News Favor, the on-demand delivery startup based in Austin, reached profitability last September. “We

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.

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.

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.

Marketing Beyond Acquisition

Gust

In my conversations with people in the startup world – from angel investors through entrepreneurs and employees with vast startup experience – I often hear about their perceptions of the marketing role as being pretty limited to acquisition. Second – timely, cost-effective customer acquisition is a matter of life-or-death to most startups.

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.

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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.

Non-tech companies are making more acquisitions

The Equity Kicker

Techcrunch has an article up today about the increasing number of tech acquisitions by non-tech companies. Recent examples include: Monsanto’s acquisition of Climate Corporation for $1.1bn. Staples’ acquisition of Runa. First Data’s acquisition of Clover.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Impact of Understanding Customer Acquisition Costs and Customer Lifetime Value

Duct Tape Marketing

The Impact of Understanding Customer Acquisition Costs and Customer Lifetime Value written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Have you heard someone talk about customer acquisition cost (CAC) or customer lifetime value (CLV or LTV)?

OutboundEngine Completes Acquisition of ReadyChat

SiliconHills

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.

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.

Google has only made four $1bn+ acquisitions

The Equity Kicker

Following Google’s acquisition of Nest last week Venturebeat published the following list of Google’s top ten acquisitions by value: Motorola Mobility – $12.5

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

Both Sides of the Table

He is very hands-on and helpful – especially for any company looking into customer acquisition. o CPM model gave him control over the information in the acquisition cycle so he focused on that. -

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

Customer Acquisition is Oxygen to a Startup

This is going to be BIG.

The only concern was that they didn’t know what their cost of customer acquisition was, nor did they which channels would be most effective, or how much they could acquire out of each channel. The good thing is that customer acquisition is a pretty easily testable thing.

Why large companies make acquisitions

The Equity Kicker

Mergers and acquisitions have a notoriously high failure rate and as a result investors knocked a couple of percent off Cisco’s share price yesterday following the announcement of their $5bn acquisition of NDS Group. This morning the Financial Times’s Lex column ran a piece which gives a partial explanation of why big companies push ahead with acquisitions in spite of the stats and antipathy from their shareholders. This is the money quote: Many acquisitions fail.

5 Tips For Growing Your Start-up Into An Attractive Acquisition Target

YoungUpstarts

For many start-up companies, the dream is to one day become the other half in a merger or acquisition with a larger, more developed organisation. Currently, all things technology based have a high acquisition rate if they can provide a service for a wide range of emerging technology markets.

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.

[Sponsored] The Next Step In User Acquisition? Social Video.

YoungUpstarts

by Hillel Scheinfeld, COO of Viewbix. You spent a lot of time and perhaps even a lot of money creating compelling videos and distributing them across the web.

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