This Week in Tech M&A – August 29th, 2014

By on August 29, 2014

6483519343_0199a1c7f1_zAround the World: this week in tech M&A—

Acquisitions

In case you hadn’t heard, Amazon bought Twitch for just shy of $1 billion. More commentary here.

Tastebuds, maker of a social dating app based around shared musical tastes, acquired US-based competitor Moosify for an undisclosed amount.

In a possible acquihire, Google picked up product group Gecko Design to join Google X. Gecko had previously designed wearables for FitBit, among others.

Google also acquired Zync, makers of a cloud-based rendering platform.

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, picked up BruteProtect, makers of a security tool for WordPress sites. Terms were not disclosed.

Hitcents picked up Moonshark, makers of a mobile game publishing platform. Terms were not disclosed. Hitcents is the company behind the Hanx Writer.

Fresh off a $41 million round, daily fantasy sports heavy DraftKings acquired StarStreet. Terms were not disclosed, but StarStreet had raised over $2 million.

VC & Funding News

Alsop Louie, the San Francisco-based venture house for early stage companies, raised $54 million for a third fund. Alsop Louie was the firm behind Twitch.

Marketing suite HubSpot is preparing for a reported $100 million IPO.

For the Entrepreneurs in the House

Startup Remedy is using Google Glass to help doctors compile and share case data on patients.

To mark its 5-year anniversary, the Andreesen-Horowitz co-founders opine on the “tech industry and startup ecosystem” at large.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX may be more powerful than we know. Maybe.

Data

Tomasz Tunguz analyzes the effect of location on M&A selling prices.

EquityZen takes a deep look at startup IPO’s through the first half of 2014.

The WSJ investigates VC backing in Asia, and finds the market is on track for a record year.

Just for fun

Jawbone is analyzing Up data to see how many wearers were woken by the Napa earthquake.

Not necessarily fun, but a good read: Much has been made about the Lyft/Uber wars, but here’s a deep investigation of the tactics.

The most-funded project in KickStarter history, and totally worth it.

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