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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. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing?

The Search For The Next Platform

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I found this part of Mark Zuckerberg’s post on the Oculus acquisition most revealing: We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we’re in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences. Nothing in both cases.

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Mobile Marketing 2015: Rethink Customer Acquisition, Intent Targeting

Occam's Razor

Customer acquisition. Re-think Customer Acquisition, Brand Engagement. Why not rethink acquisition? And it is. I give up. Please.

Search: Not Provided: What Remains, Keyword Data Options, the Future

Occam's Razor

In late 2011, Google announced an effort to make search behavior more secure. In this post I want to share four angles on secure search: 1.

Google Analytics Custom Reports: Paid Search Campaigns Analysis

Occam's Razor

In this post I want to share with you three insightful custom reports for effective paid search (PPC) analysis. Every few quarters we (I!)

What Acquihire Really Means

Feld Thoughts

If you are a Google watcher, aspire to have you company acquired by Google some day, or just want to understand Google’s approach to acquisitions (which Geis calls “semi-organic growth”) this is a must read book that is well worth the money. Venture Capital acquihire acquisition Books google m&

A Roadmap of Yahoo's Acquisition Targets

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Marissa Mayer made her first official acquisition last week with Stamped. A Quora acquisition wouldn't be cheap, either.

Steve Blank: Why Corporate Acquisitions of Startups Fail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing?

Week in Tech: Facebook Graph Search, Windows 8.1, and More

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

is shipping to PC makers, Facebook is rolling out Graph Search, and Garmin has a new product for your car. Do a lot of business on the road?

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Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

We have to do Search Engine Optimization. We have to do Paid Search. Maybe it is Search, Email and Facebook. What's that?

Smarter Data Analysis of Google's https (not provided) change: 5 Steps

Occam's Razor

Let's go… In an effort to make search more secure, on Oct. Search engine visits: 27,534. On board? deeper. From Oct. Brand?

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

Internet analytics can be roughly broken down into two simple activities – customer acquisition and customer optimization. Optimizely. Sailthru.

Make Glassdoor Work for Your Company


Your company’s Glassdoor reviews will produce an average star rating that will appear in searches on the Internet. they are doing it wrong.

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.”

Searching for Product-Market Fit for Stitch

Launching Tech Ventures

Bharat Kilaru and Jihad Bou Nasr Introduction Stitch ( is a central hub for real-time, medical team communication. References 1.

Crushing It With Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Best Metrics, Reports

Occam's Razor

Search/Keyword Competitive Performance. On that note… If you search through the 300 posts I've written thus far (this one is 301!),

Unigo Acquisition: An Inc. 30 Under 30 Alum Gets a Boost to Expand

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to a press statement, will be consolidated with several other college and scholarship search products from EdPlus Holdings. An EdPlus spokesperson said the acquisition means the company can reach more than 50 percent of all students currently searching for colleges. Jordan Goldman, an Inc.

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

Up and Running

You can figure out what specific searches someone might conduct to get to your product. How do you get people to even give you input? That’s it.

Smart Dashboard Modules: Insightful Dimensions And Best Metrics

Occam's Razor

Search Contribution: Acquisition, Behavior, Outcomes! Search engines are immensely valuable sources of traffic for any type of website.

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

Occam's Razor

There are many good acquisition metrics including impressions, clicks, delivery rate, share of voice, and on and on. So, great metric. Simple.

Too Lijit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

All the while, Lijit has been rapidly growing the list of publishers they work with by providing not only an advertising channel, but search, analytics and insight tools to help Lijit publishers better understand and engage with their audience. The fit is a natural one. Congratulations to both the Lijit and Federated teams! This is big! .

Eight Silly Data Things Marketing People Believe That Get Them Fired.

Occam's Razor

1 Search Results Ranking = SEO Success. 1 Search Results Ranking = SEO Success. Search has a ton of strong intent. Big data.

Inside the Latest Travel-Search Acquisition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

More may have been at play in the acquisition of Hipmunk by Concur than meets the eye

The Necessity of SEO in Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Among these resources is SEO, search engine optimization, in order to help smaller businesses be found on the Internet. SEO Rankings.

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The $100M+ Club: A New Universe of Buyers ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

<$100M) acquisitions for several years now, but they’ve mainly been acquihires. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. About Me.

Google Analytics Tips: 10 Data Analysis Strategies That Pay Off Big!

Occam's Razor

It helps you understand how reliant the company/client is on Search (too much is actually not good). Search is always big for everyone.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Guerrilla P.R. & SEO Most Profitable Customer Acquisition Strategies


and SEO as two of the most effective and affordable customer acquisition strategies. Guerrilla p.r. Sponsor. GemKitty.

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Six Visual Solutions To Complex Digital Marketing/Analytics Challenges

Occam's Razor

A secondary, under-appreciated, challenge is that search engines value freshness of content. Acquisition is everything we do to attract traffic.

Kindred Disciplines: Growth Equity and Growth Hacking

Non-Linear Growth

Growth hacking definitions abound , but generally emphasize a data driven, creative and flexibly opportunistic approach to customer acquisition.

Digital Marketing And Analytics: Two Ladders For Magnificent Success

Occam's Razor

One day your leadership realizes you stink at digital (all of it or just Facebook or search and display or mobile or whatever). It works. Ready?

How To Hire Rock Star Employees


After many interviews and reference calls the search is over and the future rock star has been invited backstage with the band, so to speak.

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

Occam's Razor

and Organic Search Traffic (can't ever have enough of that!)… related to their performance. Yes, four! Own data benchmarks. etc.).

Multi-Channel Attribution Modeling: The Good, Bad and Ugly Models

Occam's Razor

Looking at the picture above … we've spent money on Social, Direct, Search, and Referral efforts and received 767 conversions. Click.

[Review] Knock ‘Em Dead: Secrets & Strategies For Success In An Uncertain World


Books & Reviews book career advice career planning job interview job search resume writing self-help talent acquisition

You Are What You Measure, So Choose Your KPIs (Incentives) Wisely!

Occam's Razor

of Search Traffic vs. Share of Global Search Volume. That shows you that 45% of your traffic is from Search. Blah, blah, blah.

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. Sounds like fun? It is. They do everything.

Congratulations IndexTank!

K9 Ventures

And so began Diego’s foray into search technology. Diego saw a problem with search. These companies don’t have search engineers on staff.

Empowering Analysis Ninjas? 12 Signs To Identify A Data Driven Culture

Occam's Razor

Collection of end-to-end Paid Search analysis reports. #11: Tools. People. Consulting. Processes. You know what your Return on Analytics is!

Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy

Seed Stage Capital

Also, it is an evolving work in progress.please send along your feedback or tips from your own experience with startup acquisitions. Thanks!

Should You Give Up On Social Media Marketing?

crowdSPRING Blog

A recent study by Custora found that email marketing and search deliver more profitable customers than social media. Or has it?