This Week in Tech M&A — February 6, 2015

By on February 6, 2015

lines-593191_640It’s the end of the work week so here’s a recap of this week’s tech M&A news roundup:

Acquisitions:

Home furnishing company Hem will reportedly acquire Italy-based furniture shop Discipline.eu.

Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal for $475 million and Endomondo for $85 million.

Google buys Toontastic storytelling app.

Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar app for reportedly $100 million.

Staples buys Office Depot for $6.3 billion.

VMware buys Immidio to add more desktop virtualization tech to its portfolio.

Code School acquired by PluralSight for $36 million.

Fundable acquires mentorship service Clarity.fm as part of its new launch platform, Startups.co.

Rocket Internet puts $586 million into Delivery Hero and buys 9 other food startups.

Wearable World purchases ReadWrite from Say Media.

 

Funding:

Humor site Cheezburger raises $2.7 million and plans to launch a new comedy show about weed.

Fast-growing Zoom raises $30 million for online video conferencing.

Taboola gets $117 million from Comcast, other strategics to boost its content recommendation platform.

500 Mobile Collective makes its first investment in Andy OS to bring Android to the desktop.

AnyPerk, a platform for delivering perks to employees, raises $8.5 million in Series A funding.

 

IPO and accelerator news:

Here’s a look at 500 Startups’ 11th batch of companies following its Demo Day.

Yahoo’s small business unit draws the short straw in Alibaba spinoff.

Digital health accelerator StartUp Health adds six new companies to its portfolio.

TechCrunch’s top five startups at StartX’s Fall 2014 Demo Day.

 

People:

Former kbs+ Ventures director Taylor Davidson joins Venture for America as part-time Investor in Residence.

PayPal’s retail chief Don Kingsborough exits ‘a little frustrated’.

Foursquare’s Chief Technical Officer has left the company.

Google’s Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace leaves the company.

Google Brain’s co-inventor Andrew Ng tells why he’s building Chinese neural networks.

 

Interesting reads:

Why no one takes the Crunchies seriously.

Uber wins the 2014 Crunchie for best overall startup.

3 reasons now is the time for female founders to land venture capital.

Twitter CEO: “We suck at dealing with abuse”.

The Uberpreneur: How an Uber driver makes $252,000 a year.

 

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