This Week in Tech M&A – October 17th, 2014

By on October 17, 2014

Happy end-of-the-week! Here’s a look back at the week in tech M&A:6483519343_0199a1c7f1_z


Accela, a maker of civic engagement software solutions, has acquired Government Outreach, whose products enable government/citizen communication. Terms were not disclosed.

German online food ordering/delivering giant Deliver Hero has acquired Subdelivery, a Brazilian online food delivery service, for an undisclosed amount. Delivery Hero is now valued at $1 billion, and seems poised to make more M&A noise.

Computing giant EMC Corp has acquired cloud-computing startup Cloudscaling, for “less than $50 million.”

Digital security provider Digital Guardian has acquired cloud-control security startup Armor5. Terms were not disclosed.

Ensighten, a tagging and data management company, has acquired marketing analytics platform Anametrix for an undisclosed amount.

Reddit has acquired Alien Blue, an unofficial Reddit app. Terms were not disclosed.

And in anti-exit news, Silver Lake is “shelving” it’s plans to acquire Shutterfly and Snapfish.


Count ’em…seven IPOs planned this week, including four biotechs.


M&A activity through the first three quarters of 2014 is at its highest since 2007, and there were $20.9 billion in deals in Q3 alone.

Someone finally analyzed venture capital in Europe and Israel.

For the entrepreneurs in the house

Thoughts on why the market is suddenly falling flat.

Demographics trends for every social network.

Tom Tunguz details “The Four Key Trends of the Startup Acquisition Market.”

Must reads

Yes, there really is a reality TV show about VCs. And yes, Forbes really does take the time to compare/contrast with Shark Tank.

Google, Facebook, Apple…Ireland is closing some of those corporate-tax loopholes.

And in mea culpa news, Bono apologizes for preloading U2’s album on new iPhones.

Photo by Doug Wheeler

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