Acquisition

Teespring acquires Fabrily

Our mission at Teespring is to remove the barriers between great ideas and bringing those ideas to market. That means enabling entrepreneurs to reach the right audience for their idea, wherever that audience might be.

Today I’m thrilled to announce that Fabrily, Europe’s leading custom apparel platform, will be joining the Teespring family...READ MORE

ShoeBuy Acquires Minority Stake in Boston Boot Company


ShoeBuy Acquires Minority Stake in Boston Boot Company

 

ShoeBuy expands into footwear manufacturing business with Micro Shoery

 

ShoeBuy, a leading global online retailer of shoes and clothing for shoppers seeking the best variety and brands, today announced it has acquired a minority stake in Boston Boot Company. The acquisition marks ShoeBuy’s expansion into the footwear manufacturing business, and provides an opportunity for the company to directly deliver superior products to its customers. 

“We are excited to acquire a stake in Boston Boot Company to uniquely expand ShoeBuy’s foothold in all things shoe-related. Boston Boot Company, with its commitment to and passion for quality, brings a new business, new expertise and new opportunities to ShoeBuy,” said Mike Sorabella, ShoeBuy CEO. “With both companies rooted in Boston and strongly committed to delivering a great customer experience – the fit was natural.” 

Boston Boot Company’s mission is to craft high-quality boots for men, using the best ingredients in small batches, for customers who appreciate a well-made product. With Shoebuy’s proven track record of innovation in operations, fulfillment and marketing, it is well-positioned to expand the distribution of the Boston Boot products very quickly. 

“At its core, Boston Boot Company, is a micro or ‘craft shoery.’ We use the finest materials, take incredible pride in our product from the eyelets to the insoles, and strive to produce superior boots for our customers,” said Joe Lyons, Boston Boot Company Co-Founder. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to benefit from ShoeBuy’s eCommerce expertise and broad reach to ensure maximum exposure for our brand. This partnership allows us to focus on making great boots – one pair at a time.” 

Boston Boot Company, founded by Joe Lyons and Joe Prew, began like many start-ups with a few passionate people driven by a common goal; the team’s sole commitment is to create boots that are stylish, comfortable and durable. Initially financed through a creative fundraising campaign via Kickstarter in 2013, the first boots were shipped in Spring 2014. The company now offers several collections, each designed with classic, rugged and independent spirit. Now, the complete Boston Boot Company product line is available at ShoeBuy.com, bringing the brand to millions of shoppers. 

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

 

About ShoeBuy

With more than one million products for customers to choose from, ShoeBuy is a leading global retailer for shoes, clothing and accessories for shoppers seeking the best variety and brands. The ShoeBuy customer experience extends beyond shoes through the company’s broad portfolio of products, as well as the exclusive Events.ShoeBuy.com featuring invitation-only private sales. ShoeBuy.com was founded in 1999 and is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI). Learn more at shoebuy.com, connect with us on Twitter @ShoeBuy, follow us on Pinterest or visit our Facebook page.  


About Boston Boot Company

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Boston Boot Company brings men new choices in boot options. Combining craftsmanship, comfort and innovation, Boston Boot Company’s line of Horween leather boots is classic in design, while providing a level of durability and comfort not often found in casual boots. The company was founded by Joe Prew and Joe Lyons. Learn more at bostonbootco.com.

  

ROAM Acquired by Ingenico Group

Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346-ING), the global leader in seamless payment, announced today that it now owns 100% of ROAM. ROAM and its mcommerce platform – consisting of secure mobile card readers, mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) applications, an innovative mobile payments engine and professional services – are now part of Ingenico Mobile Solutions, Ingenico Group’s mobile-focused brand, which will continue to be headquartered in Boston.

"ROAM is a key part of the Ingenico Group worldwide portfolio as mobile commerce growth surges,” said Jacques Guérin, EVP Smart terminals and Mobile solutions, Ingenico Group. “With 100% of ROAM, we will accelerate the deployment of a global and integrated mobile offer, enabling merchants to increasingly engage with their customers. This is a great opportunity to take Ingenico Mobile Solutions through its next phase of growth.” READ MORE

Breakaway Acquires Crunch Brands

We are excited to announce that Breakaway has acquired the agency Crunch Brands, an exceptional multi-disciplinary team led by our new Chief Marketing Officer, Ted Schlueter.

Our mission has always been to help drive value for our portfolio companies and clients. Sometimes that’s investing capital or placing talent. Often it’s developing a new brand strategy, building exceptional creative assets, and activating it across a community. There is always a place these businesses want to go. It might be dominating their category, exponential growth or building towards an IPO. Whatever it is, we have engineered an incredible machine to get them there faster. READ MORE

*Learn more about Breakaway's story in our interview with Baldwin, CEO & Schlueter, CMO after the acquisition - HERE 

athenahealth Acquires RazorInsights

We’re making good on our new brand promise – to connect care – right out of the gates in 2015 with today’s announcement that we’ve acquired RazorInsights, LLC, a leader in cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) and financial solutions for rural, critical access and community hospitals. 

What we want – and what providers need – is to be able to follow the bouncing ball from the doctor’s office to wherever care goes and capture and coordinate that care. With the acquisition of RazorInsights, we are following that ball into the inpatient hospital space – one we have not entered to date. READ MORE

 

Demandware to Acquire Tomax

Demandware® Inc. (NYSE:DWRE) the industry-leading provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Tomax, an enterprise cloud software company that provides an integrated solution for retail point-of-sale (POS) and store operations. The combination of Tomax’s enterprise-class POS with Demandware’s robust, scalable cloud platform creates a breakthrough unified commerce platform that empowers retailers to deliver seamless experiences across all consumer touch points, including POS. The acquisition of Tomax is expected to close in January.

Connected consumers, empowered by the pace of technological innovation, are driving the digital transformation of retail. While 90 percent of all retail transactions take place in the store, digital is expected to influence approximately half of all in-store sales by 2015(1). To navigate this transformation, retailers are incorporating digital functionality into the store experience, such as personalized merchandising, detailed product information, ratings and reviews, product recommendations and the mobilization of store associates. In addition, retailers increasingly want to move to a single consumer-facing platform to extract value from disparate back office systems and leverage data, business rules, functionality and processes across the enterprise. READ MORE

 

 

TripAdvisor Acquires Iens

TripAdvisor has agreed to acquire top Dutch online restaurant review and booking sites Iens, the companies said on Thursday, giving the travel website a leading position in the Netherlands.

Iens.nl, which has reviews of 20,000 restaurants and roughly 20 million annual visitors, allows users to book tables through SeatMe, which will also be acquired by Tripadvisor. READ MORE

Learn more about TripAdvisor on their VentureFizz BIZZpage!

 

Everbridge Acquires Strategic Assets of Nixle

Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, has acquired the assets and team of San Francisco-based Nixle, a leading software platform for local, public safety and service communications. The combination of Everbridge’s market dominance in emergency notification, with Nixle’s innovative approach to community engagement, will redefine the way that organizations communicate and collaborate with local residents, schools and businesses.

Nixle delivers real-time, relevant information from public safety agencies to local communities, encouraging interaction and engagement. The company has grown to support over 7,000 public safety and government agencies at the local, county and state level, and millions of opt-in users. The combined Everbridge/Nixle team will expand the use of community notifications and shared intelligence to reach residents, educators, public safety professionals, local businesses and community leaders. READ MORE

Learn more about Everbridge on their VentureFizz BIZZpage!

 

Dun & Bradstreet Acquires NetProspex

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB), the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, today announced that it has acquired NetProspex, the Massachusetts-based company that is a leader in B2B professional contact data and data management. The acquisition combines NetProspex's comprehensive professional contact database with Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary global business data and analytics.

"Dun & Bradstreet already provides our customers and partners the most comprehensive view of companies around the world, and now our customers can reach the largest, most accurate set of decision makers and decision influencers," said Bob Carrigan, president and chief executive officer and director of Dun & Bradstreet. "This acquisition fills a growing need for marketers by providing an actionable view of companies and the people who run them, putting quality relationship insight at the center of their marketing data strategy." READ MORE

 

EnerNOC Completes Acquisition of World Energy Solutions

EnerNOC, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), today announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of World Energy Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:XWES), an energy management software and services firm that helps enterprises simplify the energy procurement process through a suite of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools. To date, World Energy has transacted more than $45 billion in electricity, natural gas, and environmental commodities for its customers, making it one of the top energy procurement specialists in the U.S. by revenue and volume.

"We're excited to finalize the acquisition of World Energy Solutions, shift our focus to the integration of our product platforms and teams, and deliver additional value to our enterprise customers," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. READ MORE

Appcues Closes $1.2M

The User Onboarding Platform Takes Strategic Investment to Accelerate Product Expansion


Appcues, the SaaS platform for user onboarding, announced today that it has raised a $1.2M round of Seed funding from Atlas Venture and individual investors to allow software companies and apps to better retain new users. The investment will be used to expand the company’s core product and move into mobile and native desktop applications. Joining Altas in the round of funding are angel investors and entrepreneurs Ty Danco, Dharmesh Shah, Brian Halligan, David Cancel, Elias Torres and Ric Calvillo, among others.

“For many online businesses, less than five percent of new users will go on to become actively engaged. A big reason for this is that users don’t find value from the product quickly enough,” said Appcues CEO and Co-Founder, Jonathan Kim. “For those companies with free trials or apps with in-app purchases, user onboarding can be one of the biggest levers of growth.” READ MORE

 

Autodesk Acquires Terrible Labs

As reported by Dennis Keohane and BetaBoston, Autodesk has acquired local mobile and Web app development shop Terrible Labs.

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Carbonite Acquires MailStore

Today, Carbonite announced an agreement to acquire MailStore, a leader in email archiving solutions based in Germany. I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on why we’re so excited.

Carbonite has spent the last couple of years building up our suite of powerful yet simple cloud and hybrid continuity solutions for small and midsize businesses – focusing on server and workstation backup and recovery. As we moved deeper into the SMB market, we saw that many channel partners and SMBs want email archiving as part of their overall business continuity strategy. READ MORE

Datto Acquires Backupify

Backup is undergoing a revolution.  What was once a simple technology, copying data from one central data source to another for backup and restore purposes, has become increasingly complex in a world where the location of your data is ever more fragmented.  The world needs a new approach, and today, we are proud to announce that two market leaders, Datto and Backupify, have joined forces to accelerate the future of backup.  Our joint vision is to protect the data layer of your business.  No matter what data you have, or where it is located, we will make it findable, recoverable, and restorable.

Six years ago we set out to build the world’s first cloud to cloud backup.  In the intervening years, we have maintained our market leadership.  We have the most scalable and secure solution on the market, the largest customer base, and the most data under management.  We have been the most innovative company in the space, being first to market with multi-app, first with migration functionality, and first with many of the security and administration features that enabled cloud to cloud backup to penetrate the enterprise market.  Our customer rating in the Google Apps marketplace for our popular Google Apps backup product is 5 out of 5 stars.  We have very high standards and so, while we have had many preliminary M&A discussions over the years, none of them ever felt right. READ MORE

Visit the Backupify BIZZpage to learn more about the Cambridge-based company.


Pencil Labs Acquired by Airbnb

As reported by Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston, Pencil Labs in Cambridge has been acquired by Airbnb.  Pencil Labs which created Wyth, a scheduling app and the company was founded by Carla Pellicano and Han Shu.  As reported by Scott, both co-founders have relocated to San Francisco... READ MORE

Accruent Acquires VFA, Inc.

Accruent, the leader in real estate and facilities management solutions, announced today that it has acquired Boston-based VFA, Inc. (VFA), the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management.

According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), organizations worldwide invest more than $100 billion annually on renovating and maintaining their facilities and related assets. VFA’s cloud software solutions and consulting services enable customers to assess their real estate portfolios, allocate capital, and make better decisions to support their organizations’ mission and strategy.  READ MORE

Smarterer Acquired by Pluralsight for $75 Million

Utah-based Pluralsight today announced that it has acquired Boston-based Smarterer, an innovative skills assessment company, for $75 million.

Dave Balter (CEO) and Mike Kowalchik (CTO) founded Smarterer in 2010 with the mission to allow anyone, anywhere to prove their professional skills through credible verified scores. 

Smarterer helps people manage the gap between the skills they have and the skills they need. By leveraging a library of the freshest crowdsourced tests, the company’s dynamic assessment engine can quantify anyone’s skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds. READ MORE


Made with Mischief Acquired by The Foundry

The Foundry, provider of award-winning creative software used globally by leading artists and designers, expanded its market reach while simultaneously bolstering the strength of its technology by acquiring Made With Mischief. Its flagship product, Mischief, a pen-based sketching application for Mac and Windows, blends sophisticated underlying technology with an elegant, clean interface. This makes it easy for creative people to explore, create and share art in a digital format on a truly infinite canvas while preserving the emotional experience of the physical. Under the terms of the private deal, Made With Mischief, founded by Sarah Frisken, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Foundry. The company will be headquartered in Boston, with team members located in Boston, London and Shanghai..  READ MORE

Lionbridge To Acquire CLS Communication

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:  LIOX) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire CLS Communication, a privately-held provider of translation solutions to clients in the financial services, industrial, public sector and life sciences markets. The combination of Lionbridge and CLS will address growing demand for integrated, technology-enabled translation solutions that allow organizations to create, translate and manage digital content worldwide. 

Lionbridge expects to purchase CLS Communication for approximately 74 million Swiss Francs, or approximately $77 million US Dollars in cash, subject to estimated cash and debt adjustments at closing and certain post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is being funded using Lionbridge's existing cash and a new credit facility through its long-standing banking partner, HSBC, who is acting as the leading syndicator. READ MORE



Phoenix Strategy Investments Acquires PI Worldwide

PI Worldwide, a leader in workforce analytics and science-driven insights that help optimize the performance and potential of individuals, teams, and organizations, today announced that it has been acquired by Phoenix Strategy Investments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Phoenix Strategy was familiar with PI Worldwide long before the acquisition – the company's founders have used the company's Predictive Index® (PI®) system to drive employee productivity and development for nearly a decade.  According to Phoenix Strategy Investments Founding Partner Mike Zani, the firm will accelerate investments in PI Worldwide's scientific research and solution suites, which have gained widespread global adoption and driven exceptional company growth in recent years. More than 2.5 million Predictive Index® assessments have been completed to date in 2014.  READ MORE

Endurance International Group Acquires BuyDomains, Webzai & Arvixe For $77 Million

Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014 and it announced the purchase of the BuyDomains assets, a company related to web design called Webzai and web hosting company Arvixe for a total of about $77 million.

“We are pleased to report a quarter that exceeded expectations for revenue, adjusted EBITDA and unlevered free cash flow,” commented Hari Ravichandran, chief executive officer and founder of Endurance International Group. “During the quarter our paying subscribers increased by 94,000, or 12 percent over the third quarter of 2013, to more than 3.8 million total paying subscribers, and our average revenue per subscriber increased by 10 percent over the third quarter of 2013 to $14.49. We believe our results are a reflection of the effectiveness of our marketing and distribution platforms, which we expect will continue to propel our growth drivers and provide a solid basis for a sustainable, strong top line which will in turn drive healthy cash flows for the future.” READ MORE

Publicis Groupe to Acquire Sapient

Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, CAC 40)and Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Publicis Groupe will acquire Sapient in an all-cash transaction for $25.00 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Management and Supervisory Boards of Publicis Groupe and the Board of Directors of Sapient. 

Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of a kind company born in the technology space with strengths in marketing, communications, consulting and omni-channel commerce, all of which are equally important to best help clients achieve their digital transformation. It will also give Publicis Groupe access to new markets and creating new revenue streams. This acquisition fulfills many of Publicis Groupe’s objectives: we will enhance our leadership position in digital, achieve our goal of deriving 50% of our revenues from digital and technology three years ahead of our 2018 plan, and leverage technology, consulting capabilities to expand in new verticals, and offering new and exciting opportunities to our talents.READ MORE

EMC Acquires Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning

Today EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) announced the acquisition of three cloud technology companies: The Cloudscaling Group, Inc., Maginatics, Inc. and Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc. Each company brings to EMC deep expertise and powerful capabilities that enable EMC to extend the reach of its hybrid cloud vision across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection. The acquisitions, together with today’s announcement of the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, underscore EMC’s commitment to customers to deliver choice and agility in hybrid cloud deployments.

Businesses are demanding more than ever from IT. They want choice in devices, rapid creation and deployment of new services, and flexibility as to where applications live, how they are managed and by whom. Against this backdrop, they want to do more with less, lower their costs and have the ability to scale instantaneously. To meet these expectations IT organizations must deliver IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) via a Well-Run Hybrid Cloud that brings together the performance, security, and control of private cloud with the flexibility and cost advantages of public cloud. READ MORE

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools, for $262.5 million. Telerik enables its 1.4 million strong developer community to create compelling user experiences across cloud, web, mobile and desktop applications. Telerik's revenue for the last twelve months was over $60 million, with annual bookings growth of over 20%. Progress expects the addition of Telerik to be slightly accretive on a Non-GAAP basis in the first year following the acquisition.

The combination of Progress and Telerik will create a comprehensive cloud and on-premise platform offering that enables developers to rapidly create beautiful applications driven by data for any device or cloud. The combined offering will enable developers to create highly personalized user experiences, powerful applications and connections to multiple data sources without being limited by cloud or device. READ MORE


BitSight Acquires AnubisNetworks

BitSight Technologies, the standard in Security Ratings, today announced the acquisition of AnubisNetworks, a real-time data threat provider based in Porto, Portugal. The integration of AnubisNetworks extends BitSight’s position as the leading provider of information security ratings for organizations around the world. AnubisNetworks is already incorporated into the BitSight technology, and it will continue to serve as a key provider of the data that drives BitSight’s world-class ratings.

“Anyone can score a company’s information security, but it takes a powerful analytics technology like the AnubisNetworks platform to provide the quality, breadth and innovation necessary to truly rate a company’s security effectiveness,” said Shaun McConnon, CEO of BitSight Technologies. “We are delighted to be able to leverage the unique technology, cyber skills and business friendly environment that we have encountered in Portugal.” READ MORE


Digital Guardian Acquires Armor5

Digital Guardian, the only security solution to protect data from insider and outsider threats with a single agent, has acquired Armor5, a 2014 Gartner Cool Vendor in Application and Endpoint Security.

Armor5 offers the only zero touch, 100% cloud-based or on-premise solution that enables access to a company’s network, virtualizes enterprise data and applications, and provisions secure and compliant access for every end user. The Armor5 Zero Touch approach requires no installs or configuration on the device or DMZ, operates without a performance deficit and leaves no data on mobile devices. Armor5 protects enterprise data resources when accessed from any device. It was founded in 2012 by former executives from Adobe, Motorola and Yahoo and was backed by Citrix Startup Accelerator, Trinity Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners. READ MORE

Demandware Acquires CQuotient

Demandware® Inc. (NYSE: DWRE) the industry-leading provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, today announced that it has acquired CQuotient, a next-generation cloud personalization provider.

The acquisition of CQuotient will accelerate Demandware’s plans to turn the valuable data created across its community of leading retail brands into actionable insights that empower retailers to optimize their business and differentiate consumer shopping experiences. READ MORE

NetScout Systems to Acquire Danaher’s Communications Business

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a market leading provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks.  Under the terms of the transaction, Danaher shareholders will receive approximately 62.5 million shares of NetScout common stock, which values the transaction at $2.6 billion based on NetScout’s closing price of $41.91 on October 10, 2014.  The transaction will increase NetScout’s scale and broaden its customer base in both the service provider and enterprise markets, while accelerating NetScout’s entry into the Cyber Intelligence market.  On a non-GAAP basis, the combined company is expected to have revenue exceeding $1.2 billion and the transaction is expected be accretive in the first year of combined operation.   The transaction is expected to close in the first half of NetScout’s fiscal year 2016. 

"This combination represents another important step, and a major milestone, towards accelerating our ability to compete on a larger and more global scale in the broader IT management and Cyber Intelligence space, to fully implement our NetScout 3.0 strategy, and to maximize our potential in our total addressable market," stated Anil Singhal, co-founder, president and CEO of NetScout. READ MORE

StringCan Interactive Acquires Baked & Branded

Combined company merges marketing innovation with application technology development to answer market need; Eric Sullivan appointed president of Baked & Branded, chief technology officer of StringCan Interactive

StringCan Interactive, which makes digital complexity simple through strategic online marketing, branding and technology services, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based Baked & Branded, a technology services firm specializing in bringing startups to market. The combined company will merge creative strategy with application technology development to offer an all-inclusive solution for brands. As part of StringCan Interactive, Baked & Branded’s Chief Operating Officer Eric Sullivan will become StringCan’s chief technology officer (CTO) and president of Baked & Branded, serving clients worldwide.

Today’s connected individual expects access to brands and content 24/7, regardless of the device. Marketers need access to advanced technology alongside their marketing efforts now more than ever; the two can no longer be separate from each other. Recognizing that need, StringCan Interactive and Baked & Branded have worked together as partners for the last year on both startup and emerging company launches and large, complex projects such as the World Trade Centers Association global digital marketing and technology platform. With the acquisition of Baked & Branded, StringCan Interactive can now provide agile and flexible end-to-end technology and marketing strategy, and execution to clients looking for solutions to complex problems, all under one brand. 
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EMC Acquiring Cloudscaling

EMC Corp. (EMC) has agreed to acquire cloud-computing startup Cloudscaling Group Inc., pushing to make its storage products work better with a set of free software tools. 

The deal is for less than $50 million, according to people with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified because the transaction isn’t public. Cloudscaling helps companies manage large numbers of computers that are linked together by OpenStack, a free open-source technology developed by companies including EMC and Oracle Corp. Cloudscaling also designs technology to make it simple to connect computers running OpenStack to so-called public clouds, operated by providers like Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. READ MORE