This Week in Tech M&A – March 6, 2015

By on March 6, 2015

lights-night-road-1011Hey everybody, it’s Friday…time for your favorite wrap up of tech M&As:

Acquisitions:

Fitbit acquires FitStar personal training app.

Twitter said to be in talks with live-streaming app Periscope.

Uber makes its first acquisition, picking up mapping startup deCarta.

Change.org buys Versa to expand its petition platform.

A Unicorn no more, Fab gets bought by PCH International.

HP buys Aruba Networks and its campus Wi-Fi expertise for $3 billion.

PayPal spends $280 million to acquire Paydiant to help retailers compete with Apple Pay.

India’s largest cab hiring startup Ola acquires its rival TaxiForSure.

Microsoft reportedly looking to purchase social news reader Prismatic.

Box buys security startup Subspace to court more risk-averse clients.

IBM acquires AlchemyAPI to bring deep learning to Watson.

Brocade buys another emerging virtualization vendor to strengthen its telco business.

 

Funding:

Mobile game Crossy Road has made $10 million in three months since its launch.

Nextdoor raises $110 million in venture capital to dig deeper into neighborhoods.

Luxe confirms it’s raised $20 million as it hires a business chief and expands to new markets.

Y Combinator is said to be raising a fund that could be several billion dollars.

Swifttype raises $13 million more for its smarter site and app search.

Visually raises $3.3 million as its content marketplace expands beyond infographics.

 

People:

PayPal’s startup guys have seized the company’s reins.

Bradley Horowitz takes over as the head of Google+.

Former Amazon executive Maryam Mohit joins Nextdoor as its Director of Product.

Google X executive Mary Lou Jepsen leaves to pursue new “moonshots” with Oculus.

E-commerce marketplace Ozon loses its CEO.

 

Accelerator:

Techstars’ David Cohen on how to get the most out of accelerators.

Fast Company has done a nine-part series on Y Combinator.

Ron Conway isn’t looking at your idea, he’s looking at you.

 

News:

Ellen Pao’s sexual harassment trial against Kleiner Perkins begins.

Venture capitalist John Doerr testifies in Silicon Valley sex-bias suit.

42Floors lays off half of its staff as it cuts brokerage team, refocuses on search.

WibiData lays off employees, switches CEO in new focus on analytics app.

Bitcoin remittance company Abra wins LAUNCH Festival 2015.

Analyzing Postmates’ growth.

Twitter employees form #Angels, a new angel investment group.

 

Worthwhile reading:

On Yahoo’s 20th anniversary, Backchannel says Marissa Mayer has completed step one.

ProductHunt’s Ryan Hoover isn’t afraid to show you what’s next.

From dead-end job to Uber billionaire: Meet Ryan Graves.

The back story of Meerkat: A side project that took off.

Trends in the startup acquihire market.

How the seed stage VC began the downsides of Unicorns and much more.

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