This Week in Tech M&A – February 20, 2015

By on February 20, 2015

laser-288611_640It’s time for another weekly look at the world of tech M&A.

Acquisitions

Samsung has acquired LoopPay, spurning Google Wallet and setting up a payments battle with Google.

Priceline is buying hotel booking startup Rocketmiles for about $20 million, according to WSJ.

Japan’s Mixi has acquired high-end ecommerce site Muse & Co.

Snapdeal has acquired Exclusively.com, which had previously raised $18 million. Terms weren’t disclosed.

BuzzFeed picked up GoPop, a GIF startup that came out of Matter, the San Francisco media incubator.

Fitmob acquired Gymsurfing, a company that provides day passes and gym access to a variety of locations.

Educational data provider Alma snapped up Washington, DC-based Always Prepped, another startup.

India-based Infosys acquires ERP company Panaya for $200 million.

Sydney-based Oneflare has acquired customer reviews site WOMO.

IPOs

Twilio is preparing for an IPO, after hitting a $100 million run rate.

SolarEdge, an Israeli company, has filed for an IPO of $125 million.

Venture Capital

Austin Ventures, a 30-year-old firm, is getting out of the early stage game.

Content marketing company Livefyre has raised $47 million from Adobe, Salesforce, et. al.

Notable Reads

Brad Feld on the Agony and Ecstasy of selling his first company.

Andrew Chen breaks down the many implications of the Apple Watch.

Bill Gurley again sounds the alarm – this time on “private IPOs”. Where have we seen this before?

Why startups should be careful (over)using Push Notifications.

Everything you need to know about startups, from Sam Altman, briefly.

The Crypto Wars: we all lose, per Albert Wenger.

How to value your engineers/programmers.

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