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—


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.


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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