This Week in Tech M&A – August 1st, 2014

By on August 1, 2014

8328964451_990db03344_zTime for another roundup from the world of tech M&A—


In 800-pound gorilla news, online real-estate giant Zillow has acquired online real-estate giant Trulia, for $3.5 billion.

Apple acquired the “Pandora for Books,” BookLamp, for between $10- and $15 million, and talk radio streaming app Swell for a reported $30 million.

In brick-and-mortar-meets-tech-news, Nordstrom picked up online men’s clothing company Trunk Club, for $350 million.

In not-quite-yet-acquisition news, a flash sale site is seeking an exit in the $400 million range. acquired online test prep site Princeton Review for an undisclosed amount. is under the IAC umbrella, acquired just last year for $40 million.

In an apparent acquihire, Walmart Labs picked up social shopping app Luvocracy for an undisclosed amount.

In a busy week, Palantir picked up Poptip, which helps companies conduct social surveys and conversation analysis, and Propeller. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Twitter picked up deep learning startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount and password security outfit Mitro.

Payments heavy First Data acquired virtual gift card provider Gyft.

And finally, in an apparent acquihire, Pinterest picked up Icebergs, the “Pinterest for Creatives.”

IPO Market

Mobileye, an Israeli software company, priced its IPO at $25 per share and soared this morning 58% to $39.40 in early trading on the NYSE, giving it a value of $8.4 billion.

For the Entrepreneurs in the House

Fred Wilson has a great parable of the dentist software.

Brad Feld on VCs and bullshit, or the lack thereof.

Airbnb partners with expense-software Concur to enter the business travel market.

Lyft’s John Zimmer on regulations and the challenges of disrupting the taxi industry.

SF Tech Beat on the “tech metropolis” from Seattle to San Francisco.

The SaaS founder blame game, and how to break the cycle.

Ron Johnson, architect of Apple’s retail stores, offers advice to startup on doing retail right.


The mobile app market has always been tough. But just how tough is the subject of a must-read study. (Summary by TechCrunch. Full text here.)

More than Silicon Valley: European startups raised $2.8 billion in Q2, 2014.

Meanwhile late stage funding is hot–as in, dot-com hot.


Moshe Hogeg (founder of Yo and Mobli) just launched photo-sharing app Mirage.

Just for fun

In a funny analogy, Christoph Janz at Point Nine Capital compares A/B testing to sex at high school.

An Indian inventor has made a totally open-source Glass clone.

photo credit: t-mizo

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