Mark Suster of GRP Partner's has got beef with the recent string of acqui-hires. Not only are they not an ideal outcome for venture capitalists -- "You make money by backing winners that build real businesses" -- but they are also send a bad message [...]
Walmart -- All-American brick-and-mortar success story and site of our nation's finest Rascal-driving shoppers -- has just acquired cloud computing startup OneOps and software development shop Tasty Labs for undisclosed sums, according to TechCrunch.[...]
Kara Swisher -- editor of AllThingsD -- has written an in-depth profile of last year's Instagram acquisition by Facebook.
In addition to revealing co-founder Kevin Systrom's fondness for whiskey and bourbon -- he still hasn't opened his prized 100[...]
In a blog post, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures shares an anecdote about a real estate lawyer taught him the importance of preparation, as well as the role of pure grit in negotiating deals.
The aforementioned lawyer, Morty, was a partner in [...]
In April 2011, Bloodhound Technologies -- which developed fraud-monitoring software for healthcare claims -- sold for $82.5 million after raising over seven rounds of VC financing, according to the New York Times. Co-founder Joseph A. Carsanaro had s[...]
Writing on his blog, entrepreneur Andy Baio explains how Yahoo is closing Upcoming.org, an events community he sold 2005, in "typical f*ck-off-and-die style." The company gave about 11 days notice for the closing, and will provide no kind of onsite-[...]
Medium is a content creation platform -- still in beta -- led by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone. Matter is a media startup focused on science and technology journalism, selling long-form articles on subscription for $0.99 a month. Both[...]
LinkedIn announced yesterday that it has purchased Pulse, a newsreading app, for $90 million, with a combination of 90 percent stock and 10 percent cash, according to TechCrunch.
In public statements, LinkedIn expressed hope that the acquisition w[...]
One sign of a bubble is overpriced acquisitions -- say, $30 million for a dubious app startup run by a megalomaniacal British teenager. But Sam Hamadeh of PrivCo explains to the New York Times that even if some of these numbers seem completely arbitr[...]
Today's New York Times features an extensive profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts in turning around the company by purchasing creative startups.
Unfortunately, Yahoo has a history of acquiring potentially game-changing startups and squashi[...]
Rosetta Stone, creator of the language-learning software, has acquired Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash, according to TechCrunch. Livemocha's online language-learning community has over 16 million members from over 195 countries, utilizing a cloud [...]
Since selling his news-summary app Summly to Yahoo for $30 million, Nick D'Aloisio has received a profile in the New York Times and countless jealous commenters across the web wondering how someone so young could earn such a big pay day.
As it tur[...]