Perspectives

Vista Point bankers provide thoughts and insights into technology M&A, transactions and their implications, and the world of boutique investment banking

Category Archives: Internet

Preparing your Company for a Sale or Acquisition

One of the most daunting parts of selling your business is the preparation. For entrepreneurs, the need to run the business far outweighs the required time to gather diligence items. Preparation to a long list of tasks, however, is key to selling a business. Buyers each emphasize their own business metrics, so it is best

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Thoughts on “The Fatal Flaw in Underwriter Selection”

Earlier today, an article was published on PeHub regarding the mistake that many companies and VCs make when hiring investment banks for an IPO process.  Timothy Keating, the writer, states that the primary reason for the underperformance by the bulge bracket banks on IPOs is due to the disconnect in their IPO clients vs. their

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The Current State of Technology Boutique Investment Banks

With the economy generally improving and the M&A markets showing increasing signs of life, we thought is was a good time to review how technology boutique investment banks have performed since the Global Financial Crisis.  During 2009, everyone knew it was really bad, but now we have more context (and data) for just how bad

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Thoughts On the RetailMeNot IPO

RetailMeNot priced its initial public offering on Friday. The stock performed well, trading up 32% in its first day of trading. Congratulations to Guy, Bevan, Cotter, and the rest of the RetailMeNot team. Glad we were able to help out along the way. Guy wrote the initial code for the website over a weekend not

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Thoughts on Hasbro / Backflip Studios

Earlier this week, Hasbro paid $112 million in cash to take a 70% stake in Colorado-based Backflip Studios, the company behind mobile games Dragonvale, NinJump, and Paper Toss.  Although the public markets remain significantly depressed in gaming, we believe the Backflip deal is a sign that there is growing activity, and even enthusiasm again for

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Thoughts on Google / Waze

Google, the world’s leading Internet company, has agreed to acquire Waze, the  Israel-based company behind the popular mobile mapping and traffic information app used by approximately 50 million users. The transaction exemplifies the power of going non-exclusive in buyer negotiations and having multiple bidders in a process. After having reportedly rebuffed Facebook’s $1.0 billion offer

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Vista Point Advisors Quarterly M&A Updates

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