This Week in Tech M&A — August 22, 2014

By on August 22, 2014

6483519343_0199a1c7f1_zHere’s this week’s roundup of M&A news in the world of tech:

Acquisitions

Concert giant Ticketfly has acquired last-minute ticket app WillCall.

GoDaddy acquires Mad Mimi to improve its email marketing service.

Chinese construction company Zhongji Holding has acquired “Family Farm” maker DianDian Interactive for $960 million.

VMware buys CloudVolumes for real-time desktop app delivery.

Coinbase has acquired blockchain explorer Block.io.

 

Funding

Wells Fargo bank has launched its own accelerator.

SpaceX said to be raising a new funding round at a $10 billion valuation.

Security firm vArmour grabs $36 million in funding … all while still in stealth.

Stitch Labs raises $3.5 million to help reach more retailers and wholesalers.

Product Hunt raises $1 million and debuts its iOS app for hunting on the go.

Felicis, Horizons Ventures invest $3 million into the Vessyl smart cup.

DoubleDutch raises $19 million for its Series D.

 

People

LinkedIn product head Deep Nishar is leaving the professional social networking company on October 3 to reportedly pursue a CEO job.

Y Combinator president Sam Altman talks about his inaugural batch of companies.

Lyft’s Chief Operating Officer Travis VanderZanden departs following tensions with the company founders.

 

Other News of Note

Did you miss out on the companies that were a part of Y Combinator’s summer 2014 class? The complete list is here, here, here, and here.

Zillabyte relaunches as a “cloud platform for data analysis”, moving away from its original mission of helping manage sales leads.

 

photo by Doug Wheller

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