This Week in Tech M&A — September 5, 2014

By on September 5, 2014

6483519343_0199a1c7f1_zHere’s this week’s roundup of M&A news in the world of tech:

Acquisitions:

Compuware will be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 billion.

Veritas Capital agrees to acquire BeyondTrust for $310 million.

Gracenote buys rival Baseline for $50 million to enhance its movie & TV data services.

Hootsuite buys Brightkit for gamefied social marketing campaigns, passes 10 million users.

LogMeIn buys Y Combinator-backed Meldium for $15 million to add single-sign on to its service.

AVG is paying up to $220 million to acquire Location Labs in bid to boost mobile efforts.

 

Funding:

FanDuel scores $70 million funding round bringing its total fundraising effort to $88 million.

DataStax raises $106 million in Series E funding to help commercialize open source Apache Cassandra databases.

Vice Media closes two massive rounds of $250 million each to help fuel its media empire expansion.

Hootsuite secures $35 million investment from Fidelity-led group.

 

IPOs:

Online fashion giant Zalando confirms Frankfurt IPO plans for 2014.

Renaissance Capital’s Fall 2014 US IPO preview.

 

People:

The White House names Google executive Megan Smith as the next Chief Technology Officer for the US. Former Twitter general counsel Alex McGillivary is selected to be deputy CTO.

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis steps down from his company to take a new role at Stratasys.

Greg Wyler, the man responsible for creating a constellation of Internet-beaming satellites, has abruptly left Google.

 

Interesting reads:

Brad Feld: TechStars Equity Back Guarantee.

These three startup CEOs gave up fortunes to turn their employees into millionaires.

Could Ouya be for sale?

How should we program computers to deceive?

What the second-time SaaS CEOs are all doing.

Seeds and signaling: Y Combinator’s new policy and email list.

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