This Week in Tech M&A — February 13, 2015

By on February 13, 2015

laser-288611_640Time for another round-up of tech mergers and acquisitions here on Exitround:

Acquisitions:

King buys Seattle gaming startup Z2 for up to $150 million, creating its first US studio.

WPP to acquire a “substantial” stake in comScore.

Microsoft reportedly paying $200 million to acquire N-trig, makers of the Surface Pro 3 pen.

Twitter buys social media talent agency Niche for at least $30 million.

Microsoft confirms that it has acquired Sunrise.

Canon offers $2.8 billion for network video camera maker Axis.

Expedia buys Orbitz for $1.6 billion.

GoDaddy is about to buy Node startup Nodejitsu.

Yelp buys delivery network Eat24 for $134 million to ramp up in food operations.

 

Funding:

August Capital raises $450 million for its seventh fund.

Apps search pioneer Quixey poised to raise $60 million from Alibaba, Twitter, SoftBank.

App marketplace maker AppDirect raises $50 million from Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital.

New online marketplace Jet.com raises $140 million.

Reserve raises $15 million to help with your restaurant reservations and payments.

Google confirms that it put $900 million into SpaceX’s $1 billion round.

Lyft said to be in talks to raise $250 million funding round with a valuation of $2 billion.

 

Accelerator and incubator news:

500 Startups keeps its commitment to invest in women in tech.

Ford accelerates tech efforts with new Silicon Valley lab.

Microsoft has teamed with Y Combinator, giving $500,000 of Azure credit to its startups.

 

People:

Duo Security hires former Zendesk COO Zack Urlocker to run operations.

Dropbox replaces its insider CFO with former Motorola executive Vanessa Wittman.

Bigcommerce boosts expansion, IPO plans with new leadership.

Atlassian hires new CFO as it prepares for an IPO.

Jive Software names Elisa Steele its permanent CEO.

 

News:

Marissa Mayer has reportedly fired people at Yahoo.

With 500,000 users, Slack says that it’s the fastest-growing business app ever.

Google I/O 2015 registration to begin May 28-29.

The Twitter account of Twitter’s CFO was hacked.

 

Interesting reads:

How Sean Parker bounced back from being fired to change Facebook’s history.

Google added a puppy to its creepy robot family.

Facebook and LinkedIn join forces to help women in tech.

10 years of Google Maps, from Slashdot to ground truth.

How red-hot startup Fab raised $330 million and then went bust.

 

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