This Week in Tech M&A – August 15th, 2014
In a possible acquihire, Yahoo picked up Zofari, the “Pandora for Places.”
Australian telco Telstra has acquired 98% ownership in streaming video platform Ooyala, via an additional $270 million investment.
Beanstock Media acquired startup OnSwipe and their mobile-publishing platform.
Japan’s Rakuten has acquired e-commerce app Slice. (Terms weren’t disclosed, but Slice had raised $32 million.)
Adecco subsidiary Beeline picked up OnForce, makers of SaaS-enabled workforce solutions, for an undisclosed amount. (OnForce had raised over $20 million.)
Samsung snapped up SmartThings, which makes smart-home controllers, for a reported $200 million.
Twitter reveals it paid $134 million for messaging service Gnip back in April, 2014.
VC & Funding News
Must read for entrepreneurs: Fenwick & West’s exhaustive study of Silicon Valley VC funding in Q2, 2014.
For the Entrepreneurs in the House
Amazon takes direct aim at PayPal and Square.
In talent news, engineer-recruiting SaaS Greenhouse just raised $7.5 million.
Peter Diamandis has a great take on drones and their disruptive potential.
Tien Anh Nguyen presents the ultimate SaaS pricing guide.
An impassioned plea for startups to ditch the ad-based revenue model, and a way to do it.
Ten years’ worth of data shows the most active VC firms over time.
Fortune profiles how Ajay Banga made MasterCard a tech company.
Just for fun
Trust me, you’ll want to watch this video: Disney uses a 3D printer to make spinning tops.
Thoughts on the tidal wave of secret-sharing apps, from the man who started it all.
Google invests $300 million in Faster, a super fast, trans-Pacific fiber optics cable.