This Week In Tech M&A

By on May 23, 2014

Around the horn – news and highlights from the week in tech M&A:

Acquisitions

This week’s colossus: AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV for a reported $49 billion. An interesting take here; how this time might be different; and the CEO’s discuss.

Google is reportedly close to a $1 billion deal for videogame streaming service Twitch. Twitch would be paired with YouTube. Google also bought Quest Visual and their AR app Word Lens Translator for an undisclosed amount, and Divide.

IBM’s Watson group bought Australian-founded Cognea, perhaps as competition for Siri?

German software giant SAP bought SeeWhy, a behavioral marketing company out of Boston.

And, Dropbox has acquired Bubbli, makers of a 3D tech app.

IPO’s

GoPro filed for an IPO, after nearly doubling net revenue from 2012 to 2013. Here’s a nice history of the company and growth.

People

For those among us who LOVE the new HBO hit “Silicon Valley”…Dan Lyons, the man behind the Fake Steve Jobs blog, will be writing for the show.

Uber has reportedly hired the deputy commissioner of NYC’s taxi and limousine commission, Ashwini Chhabra, to lead policy development and community engagement.

Data

Are VCs investing alone at the seed stage (what Hunter Walk calls “piggy rounds“)? Pitchbook investigates.

The Affordable Care Act is more than just insuring. CB Insights shows investors have put more than $500 million into health insurance tech startups since 2011.

People

Sarah Lacy interviews Kristen Green on the uptick in women starting VC funds

Lessons from Ellison, Thiel, Bezos, and many more, from Microsoft’s Tren Griffin. “A Dozen Things I’ve Learned About Marketing, Distribution, and Sales”

For the entrepreneurs

Hyde Park Venture Partners is collecting anonymous feedback on entrepreneurs’ experiences with VCs. Take the survey here.

For all the startups out there working in Internet of Things, some of the big hitters are worried.

Karlin Ventures walks early-stage startups through “Strategic Planning for Startups.”

Rob Go talks ownership stakes, timing and valuation at the Series A stage.

And finally, VC Tim Chang has some very interesting notes on startup valuations.

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