Matchbox Acquired by TargetX
TargetX announced today the acquisition of Matchbox, the leading provider of mobile application review in higher education. The Matchbox app provides the ability for college admissions professionals to read, review and make decisions on applications directly from their iPad.
"Admissions offices need more effective tools to review the ever increasing number of applications they receive during the recruitment season," said CEO of TargetX, Sasha Peterson. "Matchbox is an excellent solution for today's modern office and the perfect complement to our online application product." READ MORE
Vistaprint acquires Pixartprinting
Vistaprint N.V. (Nasdaq: VPRT), a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pixartprinting Srl for a base purchase price of approximately €127 million, resulting in Vistaprint ownership of 97 percent of Pixartprinting, and 3 percent retained ownership by Pixartprinting’s founder. As part of the transaction, Vistaprint will assume 100 percent of the majority stake in Pixartprinting that is currently held by private equity firm Alcedo SGR. The agreement also includes a sliding-scale earn-out of up to €10 million for Pixartprinting, subject to the achievement of revenue and EBITDA performance targets for calendar year 2014. Vistaprint expects Pixartprinting will have a net debt position of €18 million at the close of the transaction. READ MORE
Morningstar acquires ByAllAccounts
Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today acquired ByAllAccounts, Inc., a provider of innovative data aggregation technology for financial applications.
ByAllAccounts uses a knowledge-based process, including patented artificial intelligence technology, to collect, consolidate, and enrich financial account data and deliver it to virtually any platform. The company has built a network of more than 2,100 clients, 4,300 custodians, and 40 platform and service providers. Clients include independent financial advisors, asset managers, wealth managers/family offices, trust companies, and broker-dealers. Currently, more than $730 billion in assets move daily through the ByAllAccounts aggregation engine. READ MORE
Bottomline Technologies to Acquire Andera
Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY), a leading provider of cloud-based payment, invoice and digital banking solutions, today announced it will acquire Andera, a provider of innovative customer acquisition solutions. Andera has helped its over 500 bank and credit union customers process more than 4.5 million new account applications online. Andera’s oFlows platform was named “Best of Show” at Finovate four times and Bank Technology News recently named Andera one of the “Top10TechCompanies toWatch.”
As the digital channel emerges as customers’ preferred way to do business with banks, financial institutions are investing in web-based technologies to sell, service and engage with their customers. Andera’s market-leading customer acquisition solutions enable financial institutions to accelerate revenue growth through their intuitive online account opening and customer engagement capabilities. READ MORE
Merchant Warehouse Acquires Opticard
Merchant Warehouse®, a leading provider of payment technologies, today announced the acquisition of Opticard, a nationally recognized provider of gift and loyalty programs for organizations worldwide. Through this acquisition, Merchant Warehouse will offer deeper mobile and digital engagement opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses through an expanded suite of gift, loyalty and prepaid programs. This move further solidifies the company's position as one of the leading providers of integrated payment solutions.
For nearly 20 years, Opticard has offered best-in-class solution processing for merchants, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, completing more than 20 million transactions annually. Its prepaid offerings, including both gift card and loyalty programs, are designed to meet the unique needs of every retailer, enabling them to build lasting relationships with their customers, while simultaneously encouraging them to return and spend more. Through this acquisition, Merchant Warehouse will continue to invest in the Opticard platform to advance the suite of service offerings to both new and existing resellers and retail customers.
Dyn Acquires Managed DNS Provider Nettica
Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet performance solutions, announced today they have acquired Nettica, a US-based managed DNS provider.
Nettica’s more than 9,000 clients, including Evernote, the web’s largest list management solution, will now have access to Dyn’s advanced features and 18 global data centers. Dyn is the number one provider of managed DNS services among Top 1000 visited websites, according to Datanyze and Alexa. READ MORE
HOSTING Aquires Ntirety
Uncork the champagne and break out the party hats – HOSTING, the Denver-based managed cloud hosting provider, has announced its agreement to acquire Ntirety! Both parties anticipate that the acquisition will close before the end of March.
Adding to the great news is that both organizations are so well aligned that we will both be retaining our current brand identities and staffing levels. As you well know, Ntirety has built our brand, culture and service model to exceed customer expectations at all points of contact. HOSTING has done the same – and has the retention and satisfaction metrics to back it up. Our companies take this mission so seriously that we base employee compensation on the outcomes. READ MORE
Unsully acquired by Handybook
As per their blog post, Unsully has been acquired by Handybook. Unsully is a startup founded by Joe Nigro and was focused on providing premium car washes to homes. Joe will be joining as Handybook's General Manager for their Boston operations. READ MORE
Zmags acquired by The Gores Group
The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles-based investment firm, today announced that it has acquired Zmags Corp. through its Small Capitalization Partners investment fund.
Brian T. Rigney, newly appointed CEO of Zmags, said, “The Gores Group’s investment in Zmags will enable us to continue providing the most innovative solutions to our customers and further accelerate our vision for the future of digital publishing and eCommerce.” READ MORE
Flashnotes acquires Moolaguides
Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Moolaguides, an online study materials marketplace started by Florida State University senior Thomas Brady. The second acquisition for Flashnotes.com following its purchase of NoteUtopia in 2013, Moolaguides.com has generated a quarter of a million in revenue and has a strong user base at Florida State University and surrounding colleges University of South Florida and University of Florida. The acquisition follows Flashnotes.com's recent $3.6 million Series A round of funding as the peer-learning platform continues its expansion to colleges and universities across the country. READ MORE
Spotify acquires The Echo Nest
Spotify today announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest. The acquisition supports Spotify’s strategy to grow global music consumption and overall revenue back to the music industry by building the best user experience and music discovery engine for millions of global fans.
This deal will allow Spotify to leverage The Echo Nest’s in depth musical understanding and tools for curation to drive music discovery for millions of users around the globe. The addition of The Echo Nest to Spotify will also strengthen Spotify’s ability to help brands and partners build amazing music experiences for their audiences. READ MORE
Veveo acquired by Rovi
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), a global leader in entertainment discovery, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Veveo, Inc., a provider of intuitive and personalized entertainment discovery solutions based in Andover, Massachusetts. Under the terms of the agreement, Rovi will pay approximately $62 million in net cash at the closing and up to $7 million in additional cash payments based on achievement of certain agreed-upon milestones. READ MORE
GSN Games acquires Bash Gaming
GSN Games today announced it has agreed to acquire Bash Gaming, the creator of breakout hit Bingo Bash -- the leading social bingo game in the world with more than 4.8 million monthly active users (MAUs) playing across Facebook, iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
"This transaction will not only strengthen the GSN Games portfolio, it supports our strategy of building a diverse business, operating across all major platforms, with a broad portfolio of titles in both social casino and skill tournament genres," said Jeff Karp, executive vice president, mobile and social games, GSN Games. "With the Bash Gaming acquisition, we will expose our millions of social casino players to the Bingo Bash experience, while introducing existing Bingo Bash players to our highly engaging games including Wheel of Fortune® Slots and Deal or No Deal™ Slots. We will leverage the strength of our respective organizations, including talent, reach and technology, to build a gaming powerhouse." READ MORE
Cloudant acquired by IBM
IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. Cloudant will extend IBM's Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile offerings by further helping clients take advantage of these key growth initiatives. Financial terms were not disclosed. READ MORE
Nanigans acquired LoopIt
As reported by the Boston Business Journal, Nanigans has acquired LoopIt, which received funding from Redstar Ventures and Avalon Ventures. LoopIt is a 1-to-1 conversation engine that lets consumers easily tap their friends across social networks for advice and opinions at every step of their purchase path, from discovery to point-of-purchase and beyond, to make the experience of shopping online more fun. READ MORE
Azuki Systems acquired by Ericsson
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Massachusetts-based Azuki Systems, Inc., a provider of TV Anywhere delivery platforms for service providers, content owners and broadcasters.
Azuki Systems extends Ericsson’s leading TV and media portfolio which includes the recent addition of Mediaroom from Microsoft. Through the acquisition, Ericsson will accelerate the availability of new and compelling viewing experiences across a variety of devices and screens. In addition, Ericsson will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies. In addition, the acquisition brings a team of highly skilled software engineers from Azuki Systems. READ MORE
Demandware Acquires Mainstreet Commerce
Demandware® Inc. (NYSE: DWRE) the industry-leading provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, today announced that it has acquired privately-held Mainstreet Commerce, a leading provider of cloud-based order management solutions. The combination of Demandware’s enterprise-class commerce platform and Mainstreet Commerce’s distributed order management solution will simplify order orchestration between online and in-store shopping processes; optimize store and web inventory; and enable retailers to deliver a “buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere” consumer experience. READ MORE
uberVU acquired by HootSuite
Five years ago, uberVU recognized that social media was going to change the way we do business. From that moment, global organizations have initiated billions conversations through social. Analysis of these relationships provide real business insights about audiences, messages, products, and markets. That’s why we founded uberVU: to help organizations better understand their market through the power of social data.
From that beginning, we’ve built a powerful solution that’s empowered our customers to maximize value from social media. To further accelerate our growth and vision for social analytics, we’re pleased to announce that uberVU is now part of HootSuite, the world’s most popular social relationship platform. READ MORE
ClickSquared acquired by Zeta Interactive
Zeta Interactive, a leader in the fast growing Big Data-driven marketing and CRM space, announced today that it has acquired ClickSquared, the Boston-based company that launched The Hub, a SaaS-based, cross-channel campaign management platform that was positioned along with six other vendors in the Niche Players Quadrant of Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for CRM Multichannel Campaign Management" report in May, 2013. READ MORE
Mobee acquires Kickscout
As reported by TechCrunch Kickscout has been acquired by Mobee. Kickscout's founder, Michael Sheeley (RunKeeper Co-Founder) will be joining the company as their Chief Product Officer. Mobee is a real-time store intelligence platform. They collect data from customers at stores, analyze it, and package it into insights that improve businesses. READ MORE
Brightcove acquires Unicorn Media
Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Unicorn Media, a leading provider of cloud video ad insertion technology. Based on a $14.00 price per share of Brightcove common stock as specified in the purchase agreement, the transaction is valued at approximately $49 million. Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price consists of approximately 2.9 million shares of Brightcove stock and approximately $9.0 million of cash used to pay transaction and other expenses of Unicorn Media. READ MORE
Dyn acquires ReadyStatus
Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet performance solutions, announced today it has acquired ReadyStatus, a tool that notifies customers of planned and unplanned service interruptions, thereby creating improved communication between end users and companies. READ MORE
Boston Dynamics acquired by Google
As reported by the New York Times: Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans. READ MORE
Collaborate.com acquired by Cisco
As the rapidly developing mobility and cloud markets transform the technology landscape, the population of mobile workers looking to extend the boundaries of their offices continues to grow. They want to connect, communicate and collaborate seamlessly, and their organizations are seeking user-friendly, mobile-centric collaboration tools that enable teams to work faster while being as productive as possible.
Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco’s acquisition of Collaborate.com to help capture this market transition in mobility and cloud. Collaborate’s skilled team of cloud and mobile software developers has created a mobile collaboration application that provides unified document sharing, task management and team communication capabilities, enabling today’s mobile workforce to collaborate with team members on projects. Workers can instantly create virtual collaboration rooms where they can chat and share documents, notes, photos and videos. READ MORE
SmartBear Software Acquires Lucierna
SmartBear Software, leading provider of quality and performance management solutions used by more than one million software development and operations professionals worldwide, has acquired Lucierna Inc., a provider of Application Performance Management (APM) solutions. READ MORE
Akamai acquires Prolexic
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) and Prolexic Technologies, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Akamai to acquire Prolexic, a provider of cloud-based security solutions for protecting data centers and enterprise IP applications from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. READ MORE
StudentUniverse Acquires WeHostels
StudentUniverse announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WeHostels – a mobile travel agency that allows users to book budget accommodation through its best-in-class mobile applications. The announcement comes less than two months after StudentUniverse’s first international expansion into the UK. READ MORE
Her Campus Media Acquires HerUni.com
Her Campus Media, the parent company of HerCampus.com, the #1 online community for college women and leading college marketing firm, today announced it has completed its acquisition of HerUni Media Limited. The acquisition further strengthens Her Campus Media as it aims to cement its position globally as the leading brand in the female college space. READ MORE
Yesware acquires Attachments.me
As reported by TechCrunch, Yesware in Boston has acquired SF based Attachments.me. Yesware is a service for salespeople that helps them close deals faster. They have an email service that tracks email, templates responses and syncs to CRM. READ MORE
Sold acquired by Dropbox
As per their blog post: Hi, friends! We're very excited to announce that Sold has joined Dropbox! As of today, our service will no longer be accepting new items.
We'd like to sincerely thank all of our loyal friends and customers who have helped us, supported us, and spread the love for us through this amazing endeavor. We started Sold to provide people with a service that took the burden of selling off their shoulders - by doing all the dirty work for them.
But even beyond that, we wanted to create something that affected people in a positive way. Something they had an emotional connection with. Something they trusted. After spending time with Drew and Arash, we decided that the move to Dropbox couldn’t be better – their roadmap includes exciting new experiences which align perfectly with our ethos of creating products that positively affect people. READ MORE