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
TribeHR acquired by NetSuite
NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TribeHR, a leading provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, to create the first integrated cloud ERP and HCM software suite for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). The proposed acquisition would create a single cloud solution for modern SMBs with the ERP power to run their core business operations as well as a rich, social HR software solution to manage employees. READ MORE
Brand Networks Acquires Optimal
When we founded Brand Networks back in 2006, we knew that “social” wasn’t just a marketing tactic or a collection of websites. We knew that social was bigger than that; a digital operating system that connects us to the things that matter most to us. We set out to help to help brands claim their place on the social graph and connect deeper with their customers, fans, and followers.
As the Facebook Platform grew, so did our work there, eventually earning us the distinction of Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer. As additional social platforms like LinkedIn and Google+ have opened their APIs to marketing developers, we have jumped in with both feet. We are proud to have helped some of the world’s best known brands become the world’s most liked and connected. READ MORE
Nuance acquires Varolii
Nuance Communications today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Varolii, the leading provider of cloud-based outbound customer engagement solutions. The Varolii platform is used by many of the world's largest companies to manage outbound customer service communications via automated phone, email and text messages, reaching an estimated one out of every five American adults each year. The combination of Varolii and Nuance will create a comprehensive cloud-based solution that brings together the best of inbound and outbound customer service, resulting in a complete, scalable, secure and cost-effective platform. READ MORE
OANDA acquires Currensee
OANDA, a pioneering global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based Currensee Global Inc., a leader in forex market copy trading within a proprietary social trading network. Together, the integration of the two leading technology platforms from OANDA and Currensee will provide traders with a unique offering.
Copy trading, a method by which traders can mirror the trading behavior of experienced forex investors from around the world, has realized tremendous growth in recent years. In addition, copy trading makes it possible for individual traders to share research data and collaborate with other traders. READ MORE
Arbor Networks acquies PacketLoop
Arbor Networks Inc. announced today that it has acquired privately held Packetloop, an innovator and leader in the field of Security Analytics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Arbor plans to invest in and expand Packetloop’s Sydney, Australia-based operations. READ MORE
NameMedia's Afternic division is acquired by GoDaddy
GoDaddy, the world’s leading domain name provider, has acquired Afternic, one of the industry’s leading domain name aftermarket companies based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The move creates an unprecedented level of domain name aftermarket inventory from one source and a frictionless marketplace – enabling buyers to purchase registered domain names offered for sale quickly and easily.
The move also bolsters ICANN’s upcoming Top Level Domains (TLD) program by fueling a more diverse aftermarket. Afternic’s Domain Listing Service (DLS) displays domain names at more than 100 different registrars – including 18 of the top-20. This gives new TLDs registries and resellers the best chance and easiest way to showcase their aftermarket domain names. As an example, instead of choosing a single registrar to sell an already registered name like Pizza.NYC – the name can be offered across the entire DLS network – giving the seller the most exposure and customers the best experience. READ MORE
Locu acquired by GoDaddy for a reported $70M
From Locu's blog: At Locu, our mission is to help local businesses thrive by better connecting merchants with customers. We’re happy to announce our next step in furthering this mission: Locu will be joining the GoDaddy family.
We’ve been close partners with GoDaddy since earlier this year, and we’re excited to join them to continue building the best experience for local businesses to be found online. As the world’s top platform for small businesses, GoDaddy brings unparalleled leadership and expertise for us to jointly transform the way small businesses use technology and to help them grow. READ MORE
Agero sells business unit to SiriusXM
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the connected vehicle services business of Agero, Inc. for $530 million in cash.
The connected vehicle unit of Agero is the leading provider of innovative telematics services, offering safety, security and convenience services for drivers and end-to-end, turnkey solutions for automakers. Following the acquisition, SiriusXM will provide connected vehicle services to more automotive manufacturers -- including Acura, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota – than any other telematics provider. READ MORE
Trusteer acquired by IBM
IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trusteer, a privately held company with locations in Boston, MA and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Trusteer is a leading provider of advanced security and threat intelligence solutions that help protect organizations against financial fraud, malware and data breaches. As part of this announcement, IBM is forming a cybersecurity software lab in Israel that will bring together more than 200 Trusteer and IBM researchers and developers to focus on advanced threat, malware, counter-fraud, financial crimes and mobile security solutions. READ MORE