Internet Brands 2009 Acquisition Total: $24.2M

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in acquisitions, earnout, and holdbacks during 2009, as part of its 2009 fiscal results release. Tags: internet brands merger acquisition consumer content publishing earnings Los Angeles-based Internet Brands revealed it spent $24.2M The firm--which just this morning said it bought seven consumer websites for its health and home verticals--also revealed that the most recent purchases announced today cost it $8.1M.

Ixia Completes Acquisition

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Calabasas-based Ixia reported this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Agilent Technologies' Data Networks Product LIne. Tags: ixia agilent merger acquisition testing The deal was worth approximately $44M in cash plus assumption of certain liabilities. Ixia had said it would acquire the Agilent product division last week. N2X provides high speed, Ethernet IP testing products. READ MORE>>.

Broadcom Drops Emulex Acquisition Efforts

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Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it will drop all of its efforts to acquire Emulex, after today's rejection by Emulex to enter into "friendly discussions" on an acquisition. Tags: broadcom emulex merger acquisition electronics semiconductor storage area networking

Successful Acquisition Integration

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations. Topics include MandA conception, planning, the first 100 days post-merger/acquisition, IP, ongoing improvement.

The Acquisitions Option

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 -- The Acquisitions Option. Growth by acquisition can be a viable strategy for smaller or even very small software companies. Participants at this event will hear real life examples of acquisitions made by other smaller local companies; why they did them, how they did them and the benefits of making smaller or even micro acquisitions. SDSIC C-Level Execs BIG.

Process of an Acquisition

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 -- Process of an Acquisition: Successfully Navigating from LOI to Closing. With the likely exit for most technology companies being through a sale, if you own or are a C-level executive of a potential acquisition target, you'll want to understand how the process works, what's important, what's not, and what will be around the next corner. SDSIC. People who are going through or anticipate going through an MandA event.

Successful Acquisition Integration

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Monday, March 9, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations.

Connect3 Acquisition Completes

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DemandTec originally announced the acquisition in January. Tags: merger marketing acquisition demantec software connect3 advertising Cerritos-based Connect3 , a developer of advertising, merchandising, and promotions software, is now officially part of DemandTec, a Bay area firm that develops promotional planning software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mergers and Acquisitions

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 -- Mergers and Acquisitions. CONNECT. If you are considering merging with, acquiring or selling a company ? either in the near future or as an eventual exit strategy ? it is critical that you anticipate areas of concern well in advance of the MandA process, and be adequately prepared to address questions and issues throughout the transaction. See [link] (more

Mergers and Acquisitions

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 -- Mergers and Acquisitions. CONNECT. If you are considering merging with, acquiring or selling a company ? either in the near future or as an eventual exit strategy ? it is critical that you anticipate areas of concern well in advance of the MandA process, and be adequately prepared to address questions and issues throughout the transaction. See [link] (more

Ablation Frontiers Acquisition Completes

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Medtronic said Friday that its $225M acquisition of Carlsbad-based Ablation Frontiers has completed. Tags: merger frontiers acquisition medtronic ablation Medtronic said that it would acquire Ablation Frontiers in January, for $225M plus potential additional milestone payments. Ablation Frontiers will become part of Medtronic's Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business.

Autobytel Gets Acquisition Offer

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According to Autobytel, the bid--from Infield Acquisition, Inc., Tags: autobytel merger acquisition trilogy automotive Irvine-based Autobytel , which operates a number of online sites focused on buying and selling cars, said late Tuesday morning that the firm has received an unsolicited offer to acquire the company. Trilogy Enterprises, Inc. and Trilogy, Inc.--is is worth $0.35 in cash for each share of the firm's common stock. The deal is worth approximately $15.8M.

Emulex Rejects Broadcom Acquisition

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MSC.Software Gets Approval On Acquisition

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That bidding war boosted the firm's initial acquisition price from $7.63 Tags: msc.software software merger acquisition maximus symphony private equity The long, drawn out bidding war for Santa Ana-based MSC.Software appears to be at a close today, as MSC reported that a majority of its shares have been voted to adopt the firm's latest merger offer from Maximus Holdings Inc. and Maximus Inc., worth $8.40 per share in cash for each share of the firm's common stock.

ViaSat Passes Hurdle On WildBlue Acquisition

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Report: Gizmo5 In Acquisition Talks With Skype

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First Quarter IPOs Beat All Of 2009

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IPOs in the first three months of the year handily beat all of 2009, as eight U.S., According to Dow Jones, those eight IPOs matched the same number of IPOs throughout all of 2009, and made it the most active quarter for venture-backed company IPOs since Q4 of 2007. In addition to the IPOs, Dow Jones reported there were 77 acquisitions worth $4 billion for the first quarter, roughly on par with Q1 of last year, where 77 companies were acquired for a total of $3.4

MSC.Software Gets $360M Acquisition Offer

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Santa Ana-based MSC.Software , a developer of simulation and design software, has received a $360M acquisition offer from a group of private equity investors. The acquisition requires stockholder approval, with MSC saying that it had a commitment from 14% of the outstanding shares of MSC to vote for the transaction. Tags: software simulation merger acquisition buyout private equity

QLogic Rumored As Acquisition Target

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Aliso Viejo-based QLogic , a developer of host bus adapters and switches for the storage networking market, is rumored to be the target of an acquisition by data storage giant EMC, according to Barron's. Tags: qlogic emulex broadcom storage area network merger acquisition The unsubstantiated rumor comes a week after Broadcom launched a hostile bid for competing Irvine-based storage networking hardware maker Emulex.

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan

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Our new customer acquisition has grown and our costs have plummeted. We are actually getting paid now to obtain customers, so our customer acquisition costs are now negative. A negative customer acquisition cost! I’ve recently had a chance to reconnect with Eric David Greenspan ( LinkedIn , Twitter ) He’s the CEO of Make It Work a high quality, personal, high touch technology service provider for homes and small businesses.

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IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. merger acquisition exit liquidityPwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37.5 billion for companies, which is 123 percent increase in volume and a 49 percent increase in volume compared with numbers last year.

SAIL Portfolio Firm Makes Acquisition

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A portfolio company of Irvine-based venture capital firm SAIL Venture Partners , SNTech , has made an acquisition, SNTech announced earlier this week. SNTech--which has quietly been backed by SAIL since at least 2009--said it acquired the $23.4M, electric motor product line from Regal Beloit Corporation (RBC) , as part of an arrangement with the U.S. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. sntech sail venture capital merger acquisition energy motor efficiency

How to Prime your Business for an Acquisition

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 -- TiE SoCal. Joining us from Goldman Sachs is Mr. Pawan Tewari and Mr. Jeff Daly who will be giving a joint presentation on "How to Prime your Business for an Acquisition." Also joining us will be Mr. Anil Kripalani, President of TiE San Diego and a recognized leader in the wireless industry. See https://s08.123signup.com/servlet/SignUp?Info=andPG=1521728182300andP=1521728191159385600. Info=andPG=1521728182300andP=1521728191159385600.

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Quidel Completes Diagnostic Hybrids Acquisition

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San Diego-based Quidel , a developer of medical diagnostic tests, said Friday that it has completed its $130M acquisition of Diagnostic Hybrids. Quidel said that Diagnostic Hybrids had $51M in revenues in 2009. Tags: quidel diagnostics hybrids merger acquisition lifescience medical test Diagnostic Hybrids was located in Athens, Ohio, and develops in-vitro diagnostic assays used by hospitals and reference laboratories.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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and the subsequent acquisition sprees of companies like Google, Yahoo!, The COGS (costs of goods sold) tells me about how big your customer acquisition costs will be.

Venture Exits Drop in 2009, But See Q4 Uptick

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A newly released report by Dow Jones VentureSource today finds that 2009, venture-liquidity was down 34 percent in 2009, to $17.1 However, Dow Jones found that forty-four percent of 2009's liquidity came in the fourth quarter, when there were 86 acquisition worth a total of $7.3 The largest M&A deal for both the year and the quarter was the acquisition of Zappos.com by Amazon.com, for $847M.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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It fuels our bonus payments, our quarterly earnings, our growth rate, our value at acquisition time. This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. He writes with a great perspective and is well worth reading.

Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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2009 has been the worst year for M&A in a decade. Projected IPOs for 2009 are an embarrassing 10 total deals, down from 86 just 2 years ago (it was 265 in the go-go years of 99-00) but at least up from 6 in 2008.

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Startup Metrics

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We'll need to look at different customer acquisition channels, figure out how they are converting, and the expected lifetime value of customers acquired through those channels, and apply cost to those channels. A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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We plan to continue to use PR as an ongoing part of our customer acquisition strategy.&#. One – you’ve shown that you understand how PR plays an important role in customer acquisition and more broadly in your company’s success strategy. Handling PR with VCs.

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Hiring at a Startup? Know Thy Weaknesses

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Have you worked in marketing / customer acquisition before? - This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. I was reading one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs, VentureHacks, this weekend and noticed that they are running a long piece on how to pick a co-founder.

Cogent In $943M Acquisition By 3M

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The companies said that publicly held Cogent had approximately $130M in revenue in 2009, and employs approximately 500. Tags: cogent biometrics security merger acquisition Pasadena-based Cogent , the developer of fingerprint and other biometric readers, is being acquired by 3M , the two companies announced today. According to 3M and Cogent, 3M is acquiring Cogent for $10.50 per share, worth approximately $943M, or $430M net of cash acquired.

Is Strategic Money an Oxymoron?

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Plus, many acquisitions happen when you are already partnered with the company so you may have to get beyond the hurdle in point 5 before getting to this step. This is part of my ongoing Raising Venture Capital (VC) series.

Pour And Stir II – Managing Your Cost Per Customer

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Decreasing Your Customer Acquisition Costs. Ultimately, your overall customer acquisition costs should calculated as an average of a variety of marketing channels. Thus, include these unattributed customers in your overall calculation of customer acquisition costs.

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Sales Kids With Grit – Web 2.0 Paper Routes

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John Greathouse has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups during the past fifteen years, spearheading transactions which generated more than $350 million of shareholder value, including an IPO and a multi-hundred-million-dollar acquisition. What do Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, John Wayne, Walt Disney, Harry Truman and Wayne Gretzky all have in common?