This Week in Tech M&A – October 24, 2014

By on October 24, 2014

highway-216090_1280It’s once again time for Exitround’s This Week in Tech M&A…

Acquisitions

Yelp acquires Restaurant-Kritik, a Germany based restaurant review company.

Ooyala buys European video ad startup Videoplaza.

Yahoo is reportedly talking to video ad platform BrightRoll about acquiring it for $700 million.

Google has acquired Firebase to help developers build better real-time apps.

Citrix buys e-signature startup RightSignature.

EMC gets a bigger stake in VCE after Cisco reduces its stake in the company.

Progress Software buys Telerik for $262.5 million to help form a cloud platform for developers.

Google’s DeepMind acqui-hires two artificial intelligence teams in the UK.

 

Funding

Attentive.ly scores $750,000 to layer more social marketing onto companies’ platform.

Smartphone payments processor Flint Mobile raises a $9.5 million Series C round led by Verizon Communications.

Roku closes a $25 million investment round to take on Amazon and Google.

Anti-Facebook social network gets a $5.5 million investment and converts itself into a Public Benefit Corporation to legally prevent any advertising on its platform.

Urban Airship gets $12 million from its existing backers to bring its total investment to $60 million.

Slack is reportedly raising a new round that will value it at $1 billion, but the company says that it’s not true.

 

IPOs and corporate updates

Airbnb is said to explore an employee stock sale and could soon be valued at $13 billion.

 

Data

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says that a CrunchBase spinout is possible.

A new study suggests that venture capitalist confidence is waning in Silicon Valley.

 

For entrepreneurs

Early stage investor Version One Ventures closes a $35 million second fund.

SOSVentures launches a pure biotech accelerator.

Google Ventures talks about its investment strategy in Europe.

TechStars is looking for more mature startups to join its various accelerator programs.

 

People

Marc Andreessen steps down from EBay’s board of directors.

The Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani, the independent researcher who helped the Washington Post report on Edward Snowden, as its chief technologist.

Why Marissa Mayer is still the right CEO for Yahoo.

Google[X] chief Obi Felten talks about finding the right real-world problems to fix.

 

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