Tag Archive: Acquisition

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    by Angie Chang

    SimpleHoney Startup Acquired by OpenCoin

    Serial entrepreneur Joyce Kim celebrates her second startup acquisition!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Joyce Kim co-founded Korean entertainment community website Soompi in 2006, which was acquired by Seoul-based company Enswers in 2011.

    This week, Joyce’s current company SimpleHoney was acquired by payment company OpenCoin for an undisclosed amount. SimpleHoney built a mobile app to help you keep track of things you love.

    In their blog post explaining the acquisition, Joyce explains SimpleHoney co-founders’ interest in alternative currency (ie. Bitcoin).

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    by Jessica Stillman

    Exitround: Demystifying Acquisitions For Founders

    Is your startup almost out of money? Exitround aims to match startups open to being acquired with willing buyers. 

    By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

    If your startup is almost out of money and more funding doesn’t seem to be just over the horizon, what are your options? You can keep grinding away at raising another round (despite the widely discussed crunch), cut the burn and bootstrap, close up shop or get acquired. But exactly how do you go about pursuing this last option?

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH NYC 2012 Finalist Alike, Founded By CEO Maria Renhui Zhang, Acquired By Yahoo!

    Yahoo! snaps up female-founded mobile startup Alike today for an undisclosed sum – the team will be joining Yahoo! mobile in California.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Today Yahoo! acquired Alike, a mobile company founded by CEO Maria Renhui Zhang. The app focused on personalization by using the restaurants and places you like to find the ones you’ll love. In a statement, Yahoo! was “very impressed by the team and their approach to building personalized experiences.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Mobile Startup Foodspotting, Founded By CEO Alexa Andrzejewski, Acquired by OpenTable For $10 Million Today

    Congrats to Alexa Andrzejewski and her 10-person team at Foodspotting on the OpenTable acquisition!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Mobile app Foodspotting announced today an acquisition by OpenTable. Foodspotting CEO and co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski explains on the blog: “We’ve already been working closely with the OpenTable team as partners: In addition to making restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, you may have seen Foodspotting photos from select restaurants popping up on OpenTable.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Avis To Acquire Female-Founded ZipCar For $491.2 Million

    Previous Women 2.0 Conference speaker Robin Chase founded ZipCar, which went public in April 2011 and announced plans today to be acquired by car rental giant Avis.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    The 1000+ Women 2.0 Conference attendees last Valentine’s Day remember Robin Chase’s story of going from concept to customers – from putting the first ZipCar car key under her doormat to prove the car-sharing concept, to getting investment for the first ZipCars from unexpected places.

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    by Angie Chang

    Founding CEO Victoria Ransom And Wildfire Interactive Team Join Google In $250M Acquisition

    Google beefs up their social efforts with acquisition of social marketing startup Wildfire Interactive today.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Google declared on its blog today that they will be “sparking better conversation with Wildfire”, announcing the acquisition of social marketing startup Wildfire Interactive today. Wildfire was co-founded by Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard (both pictured).

    In an interview, Victoria talked about growing up on a farm in New Zealand “in the middle of nowhere”. She caught the entrepreneurship bug and in the midst of her second or third company, she realized that even as a business person without technical skills, she wanted to create an online platform to scale the social media marketing efforts for everyone. Wildfire Interactive was born.

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    by Angie Chang

    Exclusive Interview: Cull TV Founder And CEO Katherine De León

    “Only one piece of advice? Measure everything and react fast to data.” – Katherine de León, Cull TV CEO.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Cull TV, a site featuring curated playlists of music videos from indie artists, was acquired by social video network Twitvid last month.

    We talk to co-founder and CEO Katherine de León about the startup journey – from ideation to acquisition.

    Women 2.0: How did you first get the idea for Cull TV, build your prototype, and find your co-founders?

    Katherine de León: I co-founded Cull TV

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Event: RocketSpace Educational Breakfast (June 20 In SF)

    Hear tips like “Make sure that founders shares are held in the form of stock rather than options.”

    So you’ve been building a company for the past 18 months and you just got an email from Zuck to acquire you….now what?? Join us for bacon, eggs and acquisition talk at the RocketSpace Educational Breakfast on Wednesday, June 20.

    Donald Keller from Orrick as he discusses common mistakes made during acquistions. A hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs will served..so come hungry!

    Women 2.0 members save 25% when you register here with discount code “women2″.

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    by Angie Chang

    Emily Olson’s Foodzie Acquired By Video Shopping Site Joyus

    Joyus to expand branded categories of videos, adding “Joyus Food” with the acquisition of Foodzie.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    The third female-founded startup acquisition this week (and it’s only Tuesday!) is Emily Olson‘s small-batch product subscription service Foodzie – acquired by video shopping experience startup Joyus today for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock.

    TechCrunch reports Foodzie will eventually become “Joyus Food,” joining Apparel, Home, Beauty, and Lifestyle as a branded category. Foodzie will continue to offer its signature tasting boxes on a one-off basis, discontinuing the subscription service post July.

    Foodzie had raised $1 million in funding from investors

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    by Angie Chang

    Meebo, Founded By CTO Sandy Jen And Developer Elaine Wherry, Acquired By Google For A Rumored $100M

    Congratulations to co-founders Sandy Jen and Elaine Wherry for the acquisition of Meebo by Google today!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Six years ago, we invited Meebo co-founders Sandy Jen and Elaine Wherry as speakers for the first Women 2.0 conference in April 2006. I remember how excited the Women 2.0 team was to meet the two female engineers (and co-founders of a tech startup) that day. They proved that you can use AJAX to build a scaleable, multi-client IM service. Meebo was a huge hit; everyone was using it; VC funding ensued; the rest is history.

    Fast forward 6 years and today, Meebo announces on their blog that they have been acquired by Google – congrats to Meebo!

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    by Angie Chang

    Salesforce Acquires Buddy Media, Co-Founded By COO Kass Lazerow, For $689M

    The husband-and-wife entrepreneur team at Buddy Media celebrates yet another company acquisition today.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Social media management software company Buddy Media, co-founded by COO Kass Lazerow and her husband Michael Lazerow, had raised $54 million in Series D funding last year. Today, news broke that Buddy Media will be acquired by Salesforce for $689 million.

    The announcement reported that Salesforce will buy Buddy Media for roughly $467 million in cash, $184 million in Salesforce common stock, and $38 million in vested company options and restricted stock units.

    Kass Lazerow will be added to Women 2.0′s list of female founders to watch who are literally married to their co-founders.

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    by Angie Chang

    Mobsmith, Co-Founded By CEO Ingrid Lestiyo, Acquired By Rubicon Project For $10M

    Mobile startup Mobsmith, co-founded by CEO Ingrid Lestiyo, was acquired for a rumored $10 million today.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Rubicon Project, an online ad tech agency in Los Angeles, acquired Mobsmith for $10 million today, according to AllThingsD. Mobsmith was co-founded by CEO Ingrid Lestiyo, an engineer and Harvard Business School graduate.

    Ingrid launched Mobsmith two years ago as an ad execution platform for premium publishers / ad networks. She raised financing from Blumberg Capital and XG Ventures.

    Congrats to Ingrid and her team on the acquisition!

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    by Angie Chang

    Wendy Tan White’s Moonfruit Acquired For $29M By Yell

    Moonfruit took £1.57M in funding in 2010 from Silicon Valley angels including Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

    By Mike Butcher (Writer, TechCrunch)

    In the white heat of the current tech market it’s sometimes easy to forget that some companies, although taking their time, simply become viable businesses – instead of waiting for a call from Facebook or Twitter that may never come.

    I’ve been covering web site and shop builder Moonfruit for longer than I care to remember (they launched in 2000), but along the way husband and wife team Joe and Wendy Tan White kept on pushing the company until it was one of the most innovative of its kind out there.

    Today that hard work is rewarded

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    by Angie Chang

    LinkedIn To Acquire Rashmi Sinha’s SlideShare For $118M

    SlideShare co-founder and CEO @rashmi tweets “Yes it’s true” this afternoon.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    In breaking news, LinkedIn has announced plans to acquire SlideShare for $118.75M, in a combination of approximately 45% cash and approximately 55% stock.

    SlideShare was founded in 2006 by CEO Rashmi Sinha, who commented, “We built SlideShare to help professionals share presentations and connect people through content. What we can build with LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the Internet, is the most natural extension of this vision. I am excited about what we can build together.” Congrats to Rashmi and the entire SlideShare team!