Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

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I think Twitter made a minor gaffe by announcing their Blackberry app and their acquisition of Atebits (Tweetie) before the Chirp conference. And I saw a lot of this first hand in Salesforce’s acquisition of my company, Koral, which was a content management company.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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IdeaLab has created 75 companies, leading to 8 IPOs, 35 or so acquisitions and more than 5 companies worth in excess of $1 billion. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

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He is very hands-on and helpful – especially for any company looking into customer acquisition. o CPM model gave him control over the information in the acquisition cycle so he focused on that. - o Put a timeframe/money – competition in the picture.

RightSignature's Competition Acquired By Adobe


Financial details of that acquisition were not disclosed. rightsignature echosign adobe merger acquisition electronic signature saas softwareOne of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature , a provider of software-as-a-service, electronic signature services, has been acquired by software giant Adobe. Adobe said Monday morning that it has acquired EchoSign , an electronic signature competitor of RightSignature. READ MORE>>.

Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

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Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment. Below is a full explanation of how small businesses can leverage technology to earn a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Competition Heats Up For Bird, As Lyft Enters Bike Sharing Market


bird lyft bike sharing motivate citibike merger acquisition uberSanta Monica-based Bird --already in a frenetic fundraising and expansion race with competitor Lime, Uber, and a host of other competitors--can add Lyft to its list of competitors, after Lyft said it would buy bike sharing company Motivate on Monday. Motivate is the biggest bike sharing company in the US, and is known for operating such services as Citi Bike.

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Bargains


According to Eric Brandt, Senior Vice President and CFO of the firm on a call Monday, it is looking for acquisitions as opportunities arise. Irvine-based Broadcom is eyeing technology companies it can buy at a bargain, the firm's CFO said on an analyst call this week.

YouMail Gets New Competition: Google


Google, released a preview of its new voicemail services late Wednesday evening, saying that the new service--based on technology it gained from an acquisition of GrandCentral Communications in 2007--will offer call screening, voicemail transcripts, ability to check voicemails online, personalized greetings, and other features. However, Alex Quilici, the firm's CEO, told socalTECH that he actually sees something good from the competition.

A.I. Chip Race Redraws Competitive Map Among Tech Firms, Chipmakers


It’s been a long time since tech’s biggest companies could be sorted into discrete buckets according to the products they pioneered—-Google, the search software giant; Apple, the computer and mobile device innovator; e-commerce leader Amazon; business software stalwart Microsoft; and social media engine Facebook. Since then, these major innovators have built on a common resource—increasingly powerful data processing chips—to branch out into a host of new consumer and business areas.

How Savvy Companies Leverage Brand, Technology and IP Licensing to Leap Ahead of The Competition

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 -- How Savvy Companies Leverage Brand, Technology and IP Licensing to Leap Ahead of The Competition. AccessEN.

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When Your Startup Business Plan Needs to Be Revised

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Maybe a major company with deep pockets has embarked on a product line extension and is set to launch a product in direct competition with yours, or maybe, as with online gaming a few years back, the government decided to ban or sharply restrict your industry’s activities.

Bio Roundup: Alnylam’s Moment, Read on Rebates, Skinny Plans & More


Millions of people might be on vacation as we hit the dog days, but drug makers and politicians aren’t taking a break from the gamesmanship over high drug prices. After two years of blowing smoke, the Trump administration is threatening action on a few fronts, including against the powerful middlemen known as PBMs that decide which drugs become favorites, and which get excluded, from insurance plans.

Report: Bird Negotiating To Buy Scoot


It's unclear if Bird approached Scoot on the deal, or perhaps if the story might have been leaked by someone near to Scoot; it's not uncommon for investment bankers and other advisors to leak rumors of acquisition deals to spur more interest and competitive bids on companies. bird scoot merger acquisition scooter rental ondemand

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WhatRunsWhere Targets Ads On Android


The firm said the mobile products come thanks to its August 2012 acquisition of mobile ad measurement startup Mobile Ad Spy. whatrunswhere mobile advertising analytics android competitionAre you trying to figure out where your competitors and running in-app advertising on Android? San Diego-based WhatRunsWhere said today that it has launched a brand new service, which helps advertisers track what ads competitors are running into mobile apps for the Android operating system.

Super League Gaming Heads For IPO


Santa Monica-based Super League Gaming , which operates its own e-sports competition site and community, is headed for the public markets, hoping to raise as much as $31.36M for the company, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. super league gaming merger acquisition esports community

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Adobe Buys UCLA Startup Auditude


Auditude, although now based in Palo Alto, had originally been developed for a UCLA MBA business plan competition, by Nicholas Seet. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Seet founded Auditude for the KNAPP competition at UCLA, while he was at the UCLA Anderson School of Management at its fully employed MBA program. startup ucla acquisition merger auditude adobe

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So, what if you run out of money?


Speaking of which, those companies with cash in the bank and cash available are the ones to scoop up the bargains, from suppliers and in acquisitions especially during tough times. It seems that the first subject that comes up in such assignments is the health of the competition.

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… and Zappos. “If big companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition,” Sirinivasan writes.

European Commission Gives Nod To Beats Deal


The European Commission said today that it has given approval to Apple Computer ''s acquisition of Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics. The European Commission said that the move did not raise any competition concerns for the regulator. beats electronics europe regulator merger acquisition music streaming appl apple Apple agreed to pay $3 billion for Beats back in May. The deal includes both the headphone electronics business and streaming music business of Beats.

Velocify Acquired By Ellie Mae For $128M


Velocify was led by President and CEO Nick Hedges, who took over as President and CEO at the firm in 2010; Velocify started life as Leads360, the onetime winner of the Tech Coast Angel's Fast Pitch competition back in 2007. velocify ellie merger acquisition mortgage elliemae leads management software leads360 nick hedges

What’s the minimum information to give your investors?


Shareholders may vote on other issues during the year by written consent, including acquisitions, stock issuance, changes to the articles of incorporation and bylaws, and more. Every investor wants regular information from companies taking their money.

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How to battle the dragon AND avoid the encounter.


Well, even though that acquisition is still playing itself out on the field of battle, it appears quite clear that the new parent has directed its new subsidiary to abandon the lower end of the market and focus upon the larger sales, corporate customers, and major brands.

Sirigen Acquired By Becton, Dickinson


Dietzen, after placing first prize in a business plan competition at the UCSB New Venture Competition. sirigen becton dickinson merger acquisition biomarker exit ucsb

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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Almost every online business I know (eCommerce, online software, mobile games) invests heavily in “customer acquisition” This includes investments often not properly measured (SEO, PR, Social) as well as costs that people measure more precisely (advertising, SEM, FB CPA/CPI ads).

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Startup Glory Awaits: Become the Startup of the Year Champion


Many have exited via successful acquisitions, while others have IPO’ed with the same impressive result. Being a part of the SOTY alumni lasts well beyond the pitch competition. One of our advisors heard about the Startup of the Year competition and thought we should consider pitching.

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

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This can include: Fund raising, product development choices, sales, marketing effectiveness, competition, business development, M&A … whatever.

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You name the price; I’ll name the terms.


Offering too little in an acquisition to satisfy the seller? Just think of the second tool, terms, you can use creatively to bridge that gap, whether driven by seller’s ego or competitive necessity.

Bumble Countersues Tinder's Parent Firm, Match Group


Female-first dating app developer Bumble has countersued Match Group , the parent company of Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder , alleging theft of trade secrets, fraud, unfair competition, and more, and seeking $400M in damages. tinder bumble match group patent lawsuit legal uspto dating smartphone software merger acquisition

What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

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How long does it take me to pay back my original customer acquisition costs? In the case of MakeSpace we had huge initial successes in New York City as Rahul led the scaling of our drivers, our trucks and our warehouses and we figured out the right price points to beat the local competition.

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What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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In short, the VC industry is very sharp-elbowed amongst some very competitive people who are used to winning and most deals don’t have enough space to share investment rounds so people were naturally pretty quick to judge A16Z. Do they win competitive deals?

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company


Although this is a somewhat unusual real estate transaction, it reflects a surprisingly common scenario in the business world of mergers and acquisitions, with one important distinction. Do Nothing – Taking no action was the potent competition faced by Citrix.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

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The huge importance of this is that when you have a high-level of loyal customers you get repeat purchases that are significantly more profitable because you’re not spending new acquisition dollars acquiring them. companies that have to spend too heavily on customer acquisition). Buys Hackathon Winner CarCodeSMS

socalTECH said it has renamed CarCode SMS under the new name Edmunds CarCode as part of the acquisition, which came as a direct result of CarCodeSMS winning a recent "hackathon" sponsored by the CarCodeSMS had won $20,000 as part of''s Hackomotive competition earlier this year, and also had participated in a three month, accelerator program in house at called Fastlane.

Qualstar Continues To Look At Strategic Options


The company says it has been seeing competition in the data storage industry which has "create pressure" on maintaining market share, saying that "market headwinds" have been challenging the company. qualstar merger acquisition layoff jobs storage power hardware electronics

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Qualcomm Acquires Euvision


Euvision was one of the winners of Qualcomm''s annual QPrize competition. qualcomm euvision image recognition software merger acquisition europe international netherlands amsterdam San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired European company Euvision , a developer of image recognition software, according to Euvision today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Euvision was based in The Netherlands. The deal was announced by Qualcomm Ventures on Twitter last week.