The Week in Tech M&A — July 18, 2014

By on July 18, 2014

lights2By Ken Yeung

Here’s the latest from the week in tech M&A.


Samsung is reportedly in talks to acquire SmartThings for around $200 million.

Yahoo nabs RayV in an effort to improve its video streaming experience.

LinkedIn acquires Newsle to provide users more daily insights about their connections.

Comcast buys PowerCloud Systems to inch towards its goal of helping its customers create a smart home. acquires subscription kids’ goods startup Citrus Lane in $48.6 million deal with a mixture of cash and stock.

Twitter will soon add in-Tweet commerce thanks to its acquisition of CardSpring.

IAC consolidates the romance-based social networks through its acquisition of HowAboutWe.

Zillow acquires Retsly.

Lexalytics snaps up Semantria to bring sentiment analysis to the masses.

ScribbleLive acquires its competitor CoveritLive and will keep both services open to all.

VC Funding

Funding Circle gets $65 million more for its small business lending marketplace.

Singular raises $5 million for its cross-platform mobile marketing dashboard.

PredictionIO raises $2.5 million for its open source machine learning server.

Shyp raises $10 million from SherpaVentures to help it expand to New York City.

Pond5 raises $61 million Series A led by Accel Partners, Stripes Group.

FullStory gets $1.2 million to help improve customer service.

HandsUp raises $850,000 for a platform that lets donors lend a hand to the homeless.

Seed funds are bulking up due to the growth of seed rounds, according to WSJ.


VC dollars invested into startups jumped 21% in the second quarter of 2014 while valuations doubled. Meanwhile, venture-backed M&A slowed slightly, dropping 26% by dollars from the from a strong first quarter.

Investors are becoming weary about paying out for payment companies. CrunchBase data shows the number of VC-backed payments companies has declined, tumbling from 59 startups in Q3 2013 to 41 in Q2 2014.

Y Combinator has published statistics about its portfolio. It has funded 716 companies with a total market cap of more than $30 billion. These startups have collectively raised more than $3 billion.

IPO News

TubeMogul priced its IPO below its expected range amidst a tough market for ad tech companies, but shares jumped in early morning trading.

New York’s luster may be enough to lure Japan messaging app Line’s IPO away from Japan.

Alibaba said to plan IPO for September.

Company Building

Fred Wilson on platform monopolies.

Roy Bahat on trust.

Ben Horowitz on leadership and pressure.

Worth Watching

FundersClub debuts “Partnerships”, a new way to let you start a venture capital fund or invest in one.

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