Amsterdam's Bynder Is Bringing Its Cloud-Based Brand Portals to the U.S.
The market for on-demand cloud-based brand management and marketing asset management (MAM) tools is gaining momentum, and Bynder is staking its claim in the United States through the acquisition of Boston-based LumaCloud. Bynder's clientele already includes major international brands such as KLM, Volkswagen, Scotch & Soda, Ingersoll Rand and Bacardi, but will soon include additional high profile brands.
Bynder Accelerates Growth by Acquiring Startup SocialExpress
Bynder, cloud-based brand portal provider, announced today that it has acquired SocialExpress, a social media analytics reporting tool. The acquisition enables Bynder to add social media reporting to its current roster of services and deliver a comprehensive solution to a larger base of global clients, while helping marketers strengthen their data-driven decision making. The deal is motivated by Bynder’s effort to expand beyond its traditional digital asset management services. SocialExpress founder and CEO, Ivo Minjauw, will join Bynder as key product manager for Bynder’s Content Hub.
Ninebot Acquires Segway
As reported by TechCrunch, Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia.
Intriguing news from the personal transportation mobility device sector: Beijing-based company Ninebot has announced that not only will it acquire rival Segway, but it has also scored $80 million in funding from investors including Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital, and Shunwei Foundation.
This marks the third time that Segway, which has struggled to live up to its much-hyped 2001 launch, when it was vaunted as the “future of transportation,” has been acquired. It was purchased by UK-based CEO Out in 2010 before being sold to Summit Strategic Investments in 2013. READ MORE from TechCrunch
Localytics Acquires Splitforce
Localytics, the complete marketing and analytics platform for mobile and web apps, today announced the acquisition of Splitforce, an automated optimization tool purpose-built for mobile apps. With the acquisition, Splitforce co-founders Zac Aghion and David Ruiz join the Localytics team, bringing additional data science expertise to fuel the company’s predictive app marketing capabilities. Predictive app marketing helps app marketers and product managers leverage user data to predict and personalize engagement with app users at every stage of the customer journey.
“Apps have dramatically increased consumers’ expectations for experiences catered to their individual needs, while giving businesses a new dataset to tap into for better decisioning,” said Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics. “We’re focused on helping businesses turn that data into personalized engagement, and Splitforce has the best team and technology in place to deliver on the cutting-edge of that mission: predictive app marketing.” READ MORE
Driftt Acquires Fetchnotes
During my sophomore year at the University of Michigan, I took a class called “Entrepreneurship Practicum.” It was a bootcamp in the “lean startup” method taught by one of the cofounders of Aardvark, and I became really interested in how people capture ideas and reminders. In fact, it was around exactly this time in 2011 that I sent out the first “alpha” invites of what would eventually turn into Fetchnotes... READ MORE
Teikametrics Acquires Lab Escape
Teikametrics, the leading provider of pricing and inventory optimization for Amazon third-party retailers, has acquired Lab Escape, the leader in heat map visual data discovery software. Teikametrics will add Lab Escape’s embeddable visual data discovery solutions to its suite of analytics tools for e-commerce retailers.
“The acquisition of Lab Escape’s visual data discovery platform is firmly aligned with our mission to use big data to solve valuable problems,” said Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO of Teikametrics. “In addition, the acquisition of Lab Escape diversifies Teikametrics’ customer portfolio by adding world class retailers including Walmart, Costco, and other Fortune 500 companies. Other notable clients include Dell, U.S. Army, and Schlumberger. Adding Lab Escape to our team gives us the opportunity to broaden our reach and develop long term growth outside of the Amazon marketplace.” READ MORE
MassChallenge Acquires Start Tank Boston
Two years ago, we created Start Tank as our way to give back and accelerate innovation in the Boston ecosystem. From its beginnings as a couple of extra desks quietly tucked behind reception, Start Tank Boston quickly grew to host a total of nearly 200 people from 49 startups that raised over $40M in venture and seed capital during the past two years. Building on this momentum, Start Tank later expanded to two other continents, with Boston maintaining the largest presence and footprint in the community.
For the next stage of growth, Start Tank Boston will be spun out and combine forces with MassChallenge. The MassChallenge mission to “catalyze a startup renaissance” by “helping early-stage entrepreneurs win” is 100% aligned with everything Start Tank has stood for since inception. Together, we’ll be able to provide Boston-area entrepreneurs with the strongest program and resources.
MassChallenge will acquire key elements of the Start Tank Boston program... READ MORE
Cryptzone Acquires HiSoftware
Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has acquired HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of governance, compliance and security solutions. HiSoftware’s product portfolio provides a highly complementary set of solutions that will enhance Cryptzone’s already robust capabilities in securing critical data in the cloud, on mobile devices, and in customer data centers. The combined company will offer a complete suite of context-aware access control, data security and compliance solutions designed for today’s dynamic, mobile, cloud-centric enterprise IT.
Valore Acquires Boundless
Valore announced today the acquisition of Boundless, a digital publisher and platform that offers millions of students and teachers customizable textbooks, teaching resources, and learning tools. Together, Valore and Boundless are uniquely positioned to eliminate the inefficiencies that exist throughout the textbook ecosystem and to be an agent of change in how college textbooks are created, acquired and consumed.
“Textbooks and course materials are the biggest expense that students face after tuition and room and board, and inefficiencies in the textbook market continue to drive that expense higher and higher,” said Kevin Walker, CEO, Valore. “We are excited about the product, platform and content Boundless has built. And we are looking forward to working with their strong team to continue empowering students and professors with choices for creating and consuming content that will result in higher quality education resources at a lower cost.” READ MORE
Mobiquity Acquires Morgan Clark & Company
Mobiquity, a mobile engagement provider, today announced it has acquired Amsterdam-based Morgan Clark & Company a company focused on technology-enabled business consulting. This acquisition will allow Mobiquity to deepen its European-based mobile consulting and transformative services offerings.
“Mobile is in our DNA – we are strongly committed to developing innovative solutions that combine rich user experience, business strategy and integrated technology,” said Mobiquity founder and CEO, Bill Seibel. “As mobile continues to drive change and innovation within enterprises we are committed to our multi-disciplined approach and to help drive innovation for our expanding roster of European customers.” READ MORE
HubSpot Acquires Rekindle
As you may have seen, HubSpot has acquired Rekindle, a Boston based technology startup with unique IP and innovations that we believe will help HubSpot and our customers advance. But how? Below I’ve taken the time to share some of my thoughts on why we made this specific acquisition and how we view acquisitions like these as part of our commitment to rapid growth and transforming the marketing and sales landscape. READ MORE
Publicis Groupe Acquires Expicient
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, CAC40] has acquired Expicient Inc. (Expicient), a leading global omni-channel services firm with significant expertise in inventory and order management systems (OMS), a capability that clients increasingly need to manage inventory, pricing and offers across channels for today's connected consumer who moves fluidly across digital and physical stores. Expicient will be integrated into the Publicis.Sapient platform under the Rosetta brand.
"Today's always-on consumer makes no distinction between devices and channels," said Publicis.Sapient CEO Alan Herrick "as a result our retail clients are increasingly looking for us to build systems -- inventory, supply chain, omni-channel commerce that enable the experience a 2015 consumer demands. Expicient joining Publicis.Sapient allows us to significantly strengthen our clients ability to integrate offer information, order information, inventory information and pricing information across channels, which is a significant change from a world where the on-line stores and physical stores operated separately." READ MORE
Paydiant Acquired by PayPal
Paydiant is excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement to be acquired by PayPal. This is obviously a very important announcement for Paydiant, PayPal, our customers and partners, our employees, and we believe, the industry at large.
When Paydiant was founded in 2010, we had a simple idea that retailers and banks would want to be able to build mobile payments, offers and loyalty into their own apps. We knew that hundreds of startups and some of the biggest companies in the world would launch mobile wallets, but we also knew that retailers and banks would want a choice - a choice that would let them control the user experience, protect their customer’s data and preserve their own brand. We couldn’t be more grateful to the customers and partners that have shared this vision with us. READ MORE
ERT to Acquire PHT Corporation
ERT, a leading global solution provider for high-quality patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection, and PHT Corporation (PHT), the eClinical innovator leading the adoption of patient-driven mobile apps for improved clinical research, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which ERT will acquire PHT. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The transaction combines the flexible eCOA platform and world-class customer service of PHT with the leading clinical trial technology and service offerings of ERT, creating the most innovative and comprehensive solution for patient end point collection and data analytics for global clinical trials. READ MORE
Demiurge Studios Joins SEGA Networks
Dear Friends, Peers and Players,
Today, we are thrilled to announce that Demiurge Studios is joining the team at SEGA Networks. We’re still going to be “Demiurge Studios” and we will continue to grow Marvel Puzzle Quest as well as build new original games. READ MORE from the Team at Demiurge Studios
Samsung to acquire LoopPay
Today is a great day for LoopPay and all those who have supported us over the last few years. I’m excited to let you know that LoopPay has signed an agreement to be acquired and become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
With our earliest supporters at our side, we have been at the forefront of contactless payments to create a platform that brings together issuers, merchants and consumers that facilitate a seamless and rewarding digital wallet experience. We will continue to innovate and operate as an independent team from Boston, Massachusetts.
Thanks to our customers, staff, management team, families, partners and investors who have made LoopPay the world’s most accepted mobile payment solution which leverages existing magnetic stripe readers to receive payments from consumers’ mobile devices.
Our vision of inspiring consumers to transition from a physical wallet to a truly digital wallet will continue. I’m most excited that Samsung shares this vision and has chosen to help change how we shop and pay for goods and services. We look forward to working with Samsung to offer the world’s most secure and compelling mobile platform.
The road ahead is an exciting one, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.
Read More about LoopPay from previous coverage on VentureFizz here.
Fluent Acquires Streak Media
College Marketing Agency to Expand Reach of Popular Student News Service to Campuses Around the Country
Fluent, a Boston-based college millennial marketing and insights agency, today announced it has acquired Streak Media, the daily online newsletter of campus-based, local and global news curated and delivered to college students and alumni of selected schools nationwide. By joining forces with and tapping into Fluent's established network of over 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, Streak Media has the potential to evolve into a major mainstream college news source that appeals to college millennial's interest in instant, and easily-digestible information that's accessible from any digital device. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Just when digital media and social networks were starting to converge, Mike and his group of Boston College classmates found an ingenious way to capitalize on the value of immediate, hyperlocal information for campus audiences," said Fluent CEO Chip Rives. "Bringing this talented group of media entrepreneurs onboard is a natural fit for Fluent; it works perfectly within our mission of helping brands create useful, meaningful and lasting connections with college millennials, and that starts with understanding what the college millennial knows and cares about." READ MORE
Buildium Acquires All Property Management
Buildium Acquires All Property Management, the Leading Online Marketing Service for Property Managers.
A letter from Michael Monteiro, co-Founder and CEO of Buildium:
Today I’m excited to announce that we acquired All Property Management™, an online marketing service that connects property management companies with property owners who are looking for property management services in their area. You can read our formal press release announcing the acquisition, but I wanted to tell you why we’re so excited about it, and what it means for you as a Buildium customer. READ MORE
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Liaison International acquires Spectrum Edu Solutions
Liaison International, the leader in admissions management solutions, today announced that it has acquired Spectrum Edu Solutions, a leading provider of CRM and marketing solutions for higher education institutions. With the addition of Spectrum, Liaison’s offerings now span the entire lifecycle of enrollment management and student marketing and provides the most comprehensive solution on the market... READ MORE
GrubHub Acquires DiningIn
GrubHub GRUB 3.08% is a $3 billion company known for helping to connect hungry users with restaurants that will deliver them food. Now GrubHub wants to deliver the meals itself, in a major preemptive move against on-demand delivery aspirants like Google GOOG 1.73% and Amazon AMZN 0.19% .
The Chicago-based company already had been testing its own service in three markets — San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago — but this morning announced that it has acquired DiningIn (based in Brighton, Mass.) and signed an agreement to acquire Restaurants on the Run (Aliso Viejo, Calif.). The two deals are worth approximately $80 million, and mean that GrubHub will be executing deliveries for nearly 3,000 restaurants in around one dozen U.S. metro markets. READ MORE on Fortune
ThinkingPhones Acquires Contactive
ThinkingPhones, a three-time Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS “Leader,” has announced its acquisition of Contactive, a big data solution that connects profiles and identities created by people and businesses online and associates them with a telephone number to create an identity graph. The acquisition demonstrates another move by ThinkingPhones to support its phenomenal market growth, which has continually exceeded the pace of the UCaaS market. Contactive’s enterprise offering is Klink, a multi-platform product that optimizes business communications.
Headquartered in New York City, Klink leverages big data to provide in-depth customer profiles in real-time before and during calls. Their algorithm indexes and consolidates billions of data points to instantly bring users the information they need when it matters most. Klink automates the process of Googling phone numbers and names, scanning public directories, and sifting through multiple social network updates, allowing users to see essential details such as a photo, name, email address, latest tweet, current city, and job associated with every phone number. Klink integrates with in-house systems of record (CRM, Company Database, Customer Support, etc.) to increase workflow productivity, data usability, and corporate revenues. Contactive and Klink have over 1.5 million users, and enhance more than 600 million telephone numbers. READ MORE
TripAdvisor Acquires ZeTrip, Inc.
TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel site*, today announced it recently acquired ZeTrip, Inc., including its product Rove, the personal journal app that helps users log activities including places they have visited and photos they have taken. ZeTrip employees have moved into the TripAdvisor Palo Alto office and have integrated with the TripAdvisor mobile team.
"We are pleased to welcome the innovative ZeTrip team to the TripAdvisor family," said Adam Medros, senior vice president, Global Product, TripAdvisor. "The team will be a valuable addition to our mobile group and we look forward to integrating the company's technology to further enhance the experience for TripAdvisor mobile app users." READ MORE
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.
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
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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
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