This Week in Tech M&A – August 15th, 2014

By on August 15, 2014

nightTime for another roundup of news from the world of tech M&A:


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.

If you haven’t heard, BuzzFeed raised $50 million from Andreessen Horowitz, and the $850 million valuation is getting a lot of…buzz.

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.

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