Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, I encouraged my favorite IM aggregator client, Digsby , to go the opposite direction and become a Twitter client also. I think Twitter made a minor gaffe by announcing their Blackberry app and their acquisition of Atebits (Tweetie) before the Chirp conference.

5 Content Marketing Strategies for Niche B2B Industries

ConversionXL

Create content to answer hundreds of these questions, and, in aggregate, you can reach a huge audience of relevant prospects. Acquisition

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Liquidity for Venture Backed Companies Still Comes Largely in One Flavor—Cash Acquisitions

Pascal's View

Venture capitalists that have an inventory of acquisition-ready companies will do well.”. Denis Dougherty of Intersouth Partners was recently interviewed by Brian Gormley of The Wall Street Journal on the decade-long liquidity crisis that continues to plague the venture capital industry.

Convertible Debt – Conversion In A Sale Of The Company

Feld Thoughts

So the lenders don’t see any of the upside on the acquisition. Note that if the acquisition price is low, the holders of the debt may usually opt out of conversion and demand cash payment on the notes. While in many cases issuing convertible debt is often easier to deal with than issuing equity, the one situation where this often becomes complex is an acquisition while the debt is outstanding. Convertible Debt acquisition convertible debt m&a sale

The SRS 2012 Merger and Acquisition Terms Study: Comments on Key Findings

Pascal's View

I’d like to know what percentage of those acquisitions are takeunders versus takeovers —a takeunder in this case means that the consideration paid is less than invested capital. That’s the key statistic on the health of the acquisition market from the 42%-of-the-market-seller’s perspective. Seller financial performance: acquisitions remain heavily weighted toward Sellers with revenue, and Sellers in the aggregate continue to show improved earnings since 2009.

Conversion: The Most Important Internet Metric of All (Revisited)

abovethecrowd.com

Internet analytics can be roughly broken down into two simple activities – customer acquisition and customer optimization. Nearly every Internet company on the planet has invested in some form of the first activity, customer acquisition.

Being Model-Driven: Lessons from Rev Data Science Summit

Version One Ventures

Generally speaking, the overall data science lifecycle can be viewed in an aggregate of stages: Ideation: when project feasibility and prioritization are assessed. Data acquisition and preparation: understanding data availability, accessibility and cost of data acquisition.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

Both Sides of the Table

You have to have some of your own content formats and not just be an aggregator of talent. And given that Facebook and Twitter currently pay you zero for content marketing and Google SEM charges you for customer acquisition – what exactly are you b g about?

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The Great Retail Reinvention: How the Internet Is Reshaping the Way We Buy Clothing

View from Seed

It will also be interesting to see if the “job” done by department stores (curation and traffic acquisition) might be fulfilled by something different in the new retail reality, as smaller brands or independent designers look to find ways to reach consumers digitally and physically. The beauty of the new landscape is that niches that were previously underserved can be targeted and aggregated effectively, and enthusiasm and notoriety of a brand can be built in a fraction of the time.

10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

These may be aggregated by an angel group up to about $1M for an angel round. Liquidity events include merger or acquisition (M&A), or Initial Public Offering (IPO) when the stock goes public.

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Should Startups Blog? An Essay (with Data) to Decide Once and For All

View from Seed

If you’re very young as a company and simply need to acquire 10 alpha customers or 100 free users, then paid acquisition via search, display, and social are better bets, as well as any scrappy, non-scalable means of acquisition you can execute.

Mixpanel vs. Google Analytics: The 2018 Guide

ConversionXL

Google Analytics is the standard for measuring acquisition—identifying the sources of traffic to your website or app. You’ll be able to see which acquisition channels are best for long-term retention or lifetime value, not simply those that drive initial conversions. Acquisition.

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.

10 Keys To Giving The Right Entrepreneur Your Money

Startup Professionals Musings

These may be aggregated by an Angel group up to about $1M for an Angel round. Liquidity events include merger or acquisition (M&A), or Initial Public Offering (IPO) when the stock goes public.

Facebook’s acqui-hires–$24m on four companies in H1 2012

The Equity Kicker

In its quarterly filing yesterday Facebook disclosed that it spent $24m on ‘talent focused acquisitions’ in the first half of 2012. between them, making the aggregate exit value of these acqui-hires 4.2x, which tells us that if the investors on average had a 24% stake they would have broken even on these deals. Techcrunch has done some digging and identified the companies as Tagtile , Glancee , Lightbox and Karma. This raised two interesting questions for me.

Excellent Analytics Tip #24: Obsess About Real Business Profitability

Occam's Razor

Digital advertising and marketing is a key part of ZQI's multi-channel acquisition portfolio. As is common in these types of educational companies, aggregators rule the roost. How should you decide which one of these acquisition sources you should invest in more?

Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

VC Cafe

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!).

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Did Daily Deal Sites Jump the Shark? [Infographic]

ReadWriteStart

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal (courtesy of aggregator Yipit ) reported that nearly one-third (170 out of 530) all daily deal sites have been shut down or acquired. It's tough to be a startup in the daily deals space these days.

Visualize Venture Capital Funding with Fundastic.Info

ReadWriteStart

You can see the total number of companies funded, the number of companies that got acquired, the number of funded companies deadpooled, total acquisition amount, venture financings per year/quarter, funding rounds participated per year/quarter, and total venture capital raised.

5 Restaurant Technologies to Have Before Your Grand Opening

Up and Running

Customers looking for a place to eat online through a food aggregate site will find you easier, making it more likely that they will choose you over a competitor.

14 Interesting Findings From The Startup Genome Project

YoungUpstarts

We found 4 different major groups of startups that all have very different behavior regarding customer acquisition, time, product, market and team.

Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

VC Cafe

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!).

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How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

Both Sides of the Table

Customer Acquisition. Those two things together would lower your acquisition costs nearly in half to $6.11. Ironically, there are times where it may actually pay to INCREASE your customer acquisition costs. You Manage What you Measure.

It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

These three tools allow startups to focus on the parts of an early stage venture that matter the most: the product, product/market fit, customer acquisition, revenue and cost model, channels and partners.

Deliver Step Change Impact: Marketing & Analytics Obsessions

Occam's Razor

Each chosen obsession is very much in the spirit of my beloved principle of the aggregation of marginal gains. You'll be surprised by the steep drop in Cost per Acquisition.

Proceed With Caution Selecting Startup Investments

Startup Professionals Musings

These may be aggregated by an Angel group up to about $1M for an Angel round. Liquidity events include merger or acquisition (M&A), or Initial Public Offering (IPO) when the stock goes public.

Be Real-World Smart: A Beginner's Advanced Google Analytics Guide

Occam's Razor

We rarely hold people responsible for Traffic Acquisition accountable, we rarely hold people responsible for Site Design and Merchandizing accountable. Question time for your Acquisition, Design and Merchandizing team. Go to Acquisition > Search Console > Queries.

Fracking Your Customer Base

crowdSPRING Blog

The first important data-set to extract is the acquisition cost. For instance if your company spent $10,000 on print advertising and acquired 100 new customers as a result, the acquisition cost for each new customer (CPA) would be $100.

10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

VC Cafe

There’s quite a range of information sources from curated reports to aggregated data. CB Insights regularly produces data-driven reports and analysis on venture capital, private equity, angel investment, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and emerging high-growth industries.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

Both Sides of the Table

Twitter announced its acquisition of our competition Gnip almost a year ago. Many of you will know that Twitter unexpectedly cancelled it’s contract to allow DataSift to resell Twitter data to 3rd parties.

Add Startups to Balance Your Portfolio, If You Dare

Startup Professionals Musings

These may be aggregated by an Angel group up to about $1M for an Angel round. Liquidity events include merger or acquisition (M&A), or Initial Public Offering (IPO) when the stock goes public.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re thinking about building an online video network today you need to think about: Producing your own content (not just aggregating). 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.

Open Angel Forum San Fran – Team Calacanis Raises the Bar

Both Sides of the Table

They called themselves a “social OS.&# Essentially I see it as two things: 1) an aggregator of social content from multiple places including Twitter, Facebook and soon even Gmail. I attended the inaugural Open Angel Forum in Los Angeles back in January and wrote about it here.

Megaupload and the Future of Multi-tenant Services

Feld Thoughts

Earthquakes, wars, power brownouts, asteroids, human errors, cascading network failures – yes, it reads like the local evening news, and though any one situation is unlikely, the aggregate likelihood that something can go wrong is high enough that you need to consider it and deal with it. Other non-technical company-wide effects might be illiquidity, acquisition by one of your competitors, or changes in strategy that do not include the service you use.

SELLING YOUR COMPANY? THE 5 BIGGEST LEGAL MISTAKES

Scott Edward Walker

Indeed, this is the first of many transaction documents that will need to be negotiated, with the letter of intent and the acquisition agreement to follow. Accordingly, it is critical that certain key provisions be inserted into the acquisition agreement to protect him post-closing.

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

Steve Blank

The solution I’m exploring is a just in time learning methodology that accelerates founders’ learning curve by aggregating relevant content, peers and mentors.&#. We found 4 different major groups of startups that all have very different behavior regarding customer acquisition, time, product, market and team.

Excellent Analytics Tip #26: Every Critical Metric Should Have A BFF!

Occam's Razor

The examples cover elements we optimize for in our acquisition ( what are we doing to attract traffic ), behavior ( what happens once they land on our website ) and outcomes ( did we end up making money, were the customers satisfied ) strategies.

Benchmarking Performance: Your Options, Dos, Don'ts and To-Die-Fors!

Occam's Razor

Any big changes in your marketing/customer acquisition strategy over the last time period (more money doing Search, less money in Email, elimination Facebook as it does not work, etc., The above graph shows you the dangers of setting targets on aggregated benchmarking analysis.

When a good product isn't good enough.

Hippoland

We had submitted our idea: “ ShinyOrb : Kayak for Weddings” I’d envisioned a one-stop site that aggregated bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, shoes, jewelry, invitations… . “He’ll be here in a minute.”

Flavors of Analytics

SVPG

We usually look at this data in aggregate, but we can also view individual journeys. Such as the lifetime value of a customer, or the customer churn rate, or the customer acquisition costs across all sources. Most companies aggregate the data from their many key sources into some form of data warehouse. In an earlier article ( Flavors of Prototypes ) I heard from many people about how it helped them to see prototypes in a new and more powerful light.

Your data, your asset

Start Up Blog

The problem of course has always been that while our data isn’t worth much in isolation – a few dollars per user per quarter – it is worth a lot when it gets aggregated by a single firm like Facebook. While the cost of advertising in digital is cheaper and more targeted than TV and outdoor, the cost per acquisition of a new home loan is still very high – few thousand dollars minimum.

Web Analytics Segmentation: Do Or Die, There Is No Try!

Occam's Razor

I have said: All data in aggregate is "crap" Because it is. You can imagine then how absolutely heartbreaking it is for me to note that nearly all reporting that I see is data in aggregate. Tons of data "puking", all just aggregates. Acquisition.

Starting Up In Singapore (Part I) – Product/Market Fit

YoungUpstarts

The startup will then look outwards in the region to expand into, either organically or via a partnership, joint venture or acquisition. For e.g. platforms, market places, aggregators, advertising networks… chances are you are a B2B2C company.