A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

Over the past decade, VCs have been lamenting about the poor state of the IPO markets and that the number of real potential acquirers for consumer internet startups has dwindled down to a handful, if that.

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


Over 13 years ago, in March of 2000, I wrote a blog post titled “ The Most Powerful Internet Metric of All. ” The key thesis was this: if an Internet company could obsess about only one metric, it should be conversion. Customer acquisition efforts are pervasive in our industry.

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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.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

We’re now in the second Internet 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.

The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or …

Feld Thoughts

In the last two weeks there’s been a flurry of articles about the implications of a 25% decline in the public market value of a bunch of Internet stocks. We probably had about $150m committed and were running around trying to get to $300m for what we had positioned as a dedicated Internet VC fund. I can’t remember the month, but I think it was in the summer, that all the public Internet stocks dropped a bunch (probably 25%).

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Sustainable Strategies for Internet Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like everyone has an Internet startup these days. In addition, every business has operating costs, like customer acquisition, fulfillment, inventory, and customer service. are still the primary method for finding information on the Internet.

We Were Right – Just a Decade Early

Feld Thoughts

We were all investing in Internet-related stuff at the end of the 1990s. Jerry and Fred had one of the most successful VC funds during this time period until the Internet bubble burst and blew us all up for a while.

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Making Sense of Yahoo's Puzzling Acquisition Strategy

Inc Startups

Marissa Mayer is on the verge of completing 14 Yahoo acquisitions in just six months. With Marissa Mayer at the helm, Yahoo is on an acquisition tear. billion in cash on hand --even after the Tumblr acquisition--she has room for several more big purchases before 2014. "We''re

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. As internet crashed media became cheaper so they bought more and their tracking and analysis became really good so they did better.

Corporate Bad Activity Against Innovators

Feld Thoughts

Patent trolls are an easy one, but heavy handed regulatory activity by incumbents and random lawsuits around acquisitions are also part for the course. Deals acquisitions deals facebook m&a oculus zenimax

Inside ExactTarget's Journey: From IPO to $2.5 Billion Acquisition

Inc Startups

Very few entrepreneurs manage to take a company from start-up to IPO--much less to acquisition. We''re the biggest acquisition in Salesforce history by orders of magnitude, and they really want us to keep our identity and retain everything special about the company.

Sales for Startups: Lead Acquisition, Source & Execution

Mark Birch

Obviously the situation has improved immensely with the Internet and more sound and proven marketing practices. There are three components to consider when discussing leads: Lead Acquisition - This is HOW you came to obtain leads, or in other words the process.

Who's Next on Twitter's Acquisition List: 4 Predictions

Inc Startups

In terms of money raised, that makes it the second biggest IPO of an American Internet company in history, surpassed only by Facebook''s volatile $16 billion IPO last year. After all, Facebook''s acquisition of Parse was rather unexpected.

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5 Tips for Syncing Up Channel Marketing Content Following an M&A

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) happen all the time – especially in the world of small business. These processes are always part of the overall merger/acquisition launch cycle and, when ready, can be inserted into existing web, mobile and social spaces.

'An Acquisition Is the End of a Dream'

Inc Startups

He was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and CollegeHumor, to the Internet giant IAC. What was life like for you at Connected Ventures after the acquisition? An acquisition is the end of a dream.

Make Glassdoor Work for Your Company


If employers are not asking themselves, “What is the first thing that job seekers see when they look up my company on the Internet?” Your company’s Glassdoor reviews will produce an average star rating that will appear in searches on the Internet.

Alexis Ohanian Built a New Front Page for the Internet (& Got Rich Doing It)

Inc Startups

Meantime, he has also proved a savvy political activist, taking the lead in organizing opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, the recent controversial efforts by Congress to regulate content on the Internet.

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.

Planning for the Future: Your Exit Strategy

Up and Running

We will cover them in more depth below: Acquisition. Acquisition: The acquisition is often known as a “merger and acquisition.” An acquisition or merger does not have to happen on a big scale.

Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club


Brief disclosure, Benchmark Capital has a minority position in Facebook as a result of the acquisition of FriendFeed, a company that was incubated in our offices. Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/TechAttached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation. I thought it would be useful to look at Facebook using the scorecard from our [.].

Holvi to open in 19 European countries, staff acquisitions in three


Its been roughly three months and half since Holvi had the Financial Supervisory Authority ratify its EU-wide permission to expand across Europe; once the approval passed, Holvi was quick to announce their next country of destination, which was also the source of their latest investment , Austria.

What LinkedIn and Facebook Can Tell You About the Future of the Internet

Inc Startups

Microsoft's recent acquisition of LinkedIn was a harbinger for the future of similar freemium models. Here's why

A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

Over the past decade, VCs have been lamenting about the poor state of the IPO markets and that the number of real potential acquirers for consumer internet startups has dwindled down to a handful, if that.


Stop Selling!


The Internet Has Changed Selling in Two Profound Ways. Since the advent of the Internet, pushy salespeople can be roasted by customers on social media. Professionalisms customer acquisition Larry Kendall sales sales strategy selling

How Nate Silver Won the Internet (and You Can Too)

Inc Startups

The biggest free agent signing in the world of sports occurred off the playing field, and experts worldwide commented on what the acquisition meant for FiveThirtyEight, for ESPN, for the Times, and for journalists everywhere.

Klout's Long, Bumpy Road to a $100 Million Acquisition

Inc Startups

To counter that problem, Fernandez this week unveiled a Content page, which pulls stories from Bing''s Internet crawlers for users to share from their Klout account.

Starting a Web Business with Less than Your Monthly Rent (The $ by $ Guide)

Up and Running

Traffic is the currency of the internet and while it’s hard to drive traffic consistently, it’s not impossible. Starting a Business customer acquisition startup costs website creation Please Note: all figures mentioned were accurate at the time of writing. .

Mark Zuckerberg on WhatsApp, the NSA, and Bringing Internet to the World

Inc Startups

On stage at the Mobile World Congress Monday, the young founder laid out his plan to bring access to the Internet to billions more people through the nonprofit organization Internet.org. The problem is convincing people who only have $1 or $2 of disposable income to spend it on the Internet.

Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World


DirecTV has supported this feature for some time, initially on the Internet via the browser and more recently via their smartphone application. For each and every Internet company out there, mobile is rising as a percentage of all user visits.

allensblog: Are We in a Bubble in the Internet Space?

Allen's Blog

Are We in a Bubble in the Internet Space? about whether or not we're in a "bubble" in the internet space. Here's my suggestion for a simple test: Notwithstanding the LinkedIn IPO, the recent Groupon IPO filing and the widespread rumors about Zynga and the imminent filing of their IPO , the overwhelming majority of internet companies will provide liquidity for their shareholders via an acquisition. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Right out of Graduate School, I started my career with one of the big four accounting firms in their M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) practice. But long story short, I have ended up consulting several individuals, and more recently even small businesses on various internet entrepreneurship matters. All he needs is his laptop and internet connection. This is particularly true for an internet based business model, which is great for those who are more risk averse.

Opera Founder Sells Controlling Shares, Could Pave Way For Acquisition


After the sale Tetzchner has 5.18% ownership stake in Opera, which is below the 10% limit where Von Tetzchner could have blocked acquisition deals. In May the rumor mill was churning out noise that Facebook was eying Opera for a potential acquisition.

Measuring your power in the Internet marketplace.


But businesses that expose their story to tens of millions of potential customers through the Internet need additional tools. Some of these are also applicable to non-Internet businesses. CACR (Customer Acquisition Cost Ratio). CPA (Cost per Acquisition).

Those Beautiful Nest Eggs

Lightspeed Venture Partners

At Lightspeed we are convinced that we are at the dawn of new era where every product stands to be improved through innovation around Internet connectedness, cloud-based services and data. 2014 big data Cleantech Internet of Things Nest

The 7 Business Slides for Startups

Early Stage Adventures

Such events could range from competitors’ significant product releases to acquisitions, financings, new competitors, pivots, and the like. Business Internet SaaSYou’re an early stage entrepreneur building a Web-based subscription business. You have your board meeting coming up soon, or you’re sitting down with your close advisors. What information should you provide? How should you focus the discussion? I’d suggest 7 business slides to help frame the conversation.

2011 Consumer Internet Predictions « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog


Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation 2011 Consumer Internet Predictions December 3, 2010 Posted by jeremyliew in 2011 , advertising , Consumer internet , Ecommerce , ltv , mobile , predictions , social games. Before I try gazing into my crystal ball to see what 2011 will bring for the consumer internet industry, let me first see how I did on last years predictions: 1. Year of the tablet Smartphones transformed the mobile internet.

Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

Is this digital thing here to stay or is the thing that has worked so well for 150 years – catalogs – the thing that still works ("the internet is a fad!")? With a plethora of digital media channels at our disposal and new ones on the way every day(!),

Nokia Buys Into Wearables Market With Withings Acquisition


Healthcare is expected to be one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020, growing 37 percent a year on average.

Groupon's Potential Acquisitions In The Nordics And Baltics?


Groupon has stated it will continue acquisitions to expand into new markets and gain market share. Let's Deal is a Swedish internet property that recently attracted attention from Schibsted in the form of them acquiring 37,5% of the company.

Part II: Making the Most of Your Metrics

Guy Nirpaz

The nature of Internet marketing is essentially casting a wide net into the unknown and trying to engage with as many people that are relevant to what you have to sell. Understanding data to increase conversion rates and key business processes. .