8 Principles For Building A Competitive Core Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Revenue and competitive position followed. For many companies, the long game is choosing the right strategic partners and acquisitions. A focus on looking good as an acquisition or IPO candidate has undermined many startups. competitive core business Facebook Mike Hoefflinger

Investors Look for These Six Competitive Elements

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential startup investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Competitive” should be taken broadly to include alternative ways that people might solve the problem you are addressing.

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6 Key Drivers To a Long-Term Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential startup investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Competitive” should be taken broadly to include alternative ways that people might solve the problem you are addressing.

UK Regulator Has “Competition Concerns” Over Illumina-PacBio Tie-Up

Xconomy

Nearly one year after DNA sequencing machine maker Illumina announced plans to acquire smaller rival Pacific Biosciences , antitrust regulators in the UK say the merger could stifle competition in the region and reduce industry innovation.

Organic Growth Startups Won’t Scale Competitively

Startup Professionals Musings

Non-organic growth would include OEM relationships, finding strategic partners, “coopetition,” as well as acquisitions. Even mergers and acquisitions (M&A) came quickly. acquisitions business entrepreneur growth mergers organic growth

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.

RightSignature's Competition Acquired By Adobe

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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>>.

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.

Cymer, ASML Get US DOJ Acquisition Approval

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ASML and Cymer said the now expect the transaction to close in the first half of the year, pending approvals under competition laws in South Korea and Japan. cymer asml semiconductor lithography light sources merger acquisition laser San Diego-based Cymer , the developer of semiconductor lithography light sources, and Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said late Friday that the two firms have received U.S. Department of Justice approval for their merger.

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Bargains

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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.

Startups Need Mergers And Acquisitions For Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

This strategy is called “organic growth,” yet it alone may yield only a fraction of the potential you could achieve, unless you add the additional strategies of partnerships and M&A (mergers and acquisitions). Actively pursue mergers and acquisitions. Partial acquisition.

Six Tips to a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the toughest and yet most important questions you will be asked by savvy potential investors is “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?” Yet many entrepreneurs, maybe in their passion for their new product, gloss over this one, or even announce that they have no competition.

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

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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.

Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

Tech Zulu Event

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.

YouMail Gets New Competition: Google

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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

Xconomy

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.

Startups Should Fuel Growth By Acquisitions

Startup Professionals Musings

Non-organic growth would include OEM relationships, finding strategic partners, “coopetition,” as well as acquisitions. Even mergers and acquisitions (M&A) came early. Tags: entrepreneur startup merger acquisition business

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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Energica CEO plots her Italian EV company’s reboot from lockdown

TechCrunch LA

From lockdown in her Northern Italy home, Cevolini shared perspective on the future of motorcycling, acquisition offers and plans to recharge her company when the COVID-19 crisis subsides. The venture is also one of the few e-motorcycle companies drawing engineering tips from competition.

WhatRunsWhere Targets Ads On Android

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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.

When Your Startup Business Plan Needs to Be Revised

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Adobe Buys UCLA Startup Auditude

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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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Report: Bird Negotiating To Buy Scoot

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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

Super League Gaming Heads For IPO

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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

So, what if you run out of money?

Berkonomics

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.

European Commission Gives Nod To Beats Deal

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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

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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

Sirigen Acquired By Becton, Dickinson

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

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.

How to battle the dragon AND avoid the encounter.

Berkonomics

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.

Wrench’s on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million

TechCrunch LA

Given the competition coming into the market, it’s no wonder that Wrench is raising additional capital to expand its footprint into new markets. Wrench has already begun its process of geographic expansion with the acquisition earlier this year of the Canadian mobile automotive mechanic startup Fiix , which provided mobile mechanic services to around 80,000 customers across North America.

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Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities?—?with $15 million to…

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Competitors can leapfrog you on features or outspend you on customer acquisitions but communities are very hard to disrupt. They’ve had a huge head-start on the competition and are well-positioned to maintain leadership as we adjust to building community in this new COVID era.

Bumble Countersues Tinder's Parent Firm, Match Group

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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

Balance Your Focus Between Passion And Perspiration

Startup Professionals Musings

Watch that patent provide a real barrier to competitive entry. Re-live that moment of inspiration that resulted in an innovative design and implementation for your product, and is now providing you with a sustainable competitive advantage.

Edmunds.com Buys Hackathon Winner CarCodeSMS

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Edmunds.com 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 Edmunds.com. CarCodeSMS had won $20,000 as part of Edmunds.com''s Hackomotive competition earlier this year, and also had participated in a three month, accelerator program in house at Edmunds.com called Fastlane.

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

Berkonomics

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.

Startup Glory Awaits: Become the Startup of the Year Champion

Tech.Co

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.

Qualcomm Acquires Euvision

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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.

What’s the minimum information to give your investors?

Berkonomics

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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Qualstar Continues To Look At Strategic Options

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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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Find and Talk to other Startup Founders of Similar Startups

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You should consider: Audience Product Strategy Business Model Competitive Set You probably can't talk to someone at a direct competitor (although ex employees may work), but it is generally easy to find parallel businesses.

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

Xconomy

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.

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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