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Category Archives: Analysis of Recent M&A / Investments

Sector Overview – Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence – Overview and Synopsis of Key Trends Business Intelligence (“BI”) software represents the interconnected systems and tools that improve the strategic planning processes of enterprises and small to medium businesses (“SMBs”). While BI and business analytics are used interchangeably, what has been seen most frequently is that business analytics makes a subset of

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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 EMC / Aveksa

EMC, a global leader in Information Technology as a Service (ITaaS), announced that it would acquire Identity and Access Management (IAM) vendor Aveksa.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Aveksa had raised over $28 million in venture funding and the company was in hyper growth mode where Q1’13 revenue increased 134% over total revenue for the same

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Apple Files Patent for Crowd Sourced Travel Routes

Last month my colleague Jeff Bean posted his thoughts on Google’s acquisition of Waze for over $1 billion.  In his post he posed a question on what would Apple do in response.  Well we now have the answer – The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Apple’s patent application where a user can provide rating for routes, streets

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Thoughts on Roche / CMI

Roche purchased Constitutional Medical Investors (“CMI”), a Boston-based blood diagnostics business for $220m in upfront cash plus additional incentive payments based on undisclosed milestones.   CMI’s Bloodhound is a compact blood diagnostic platform that tests for diseases which include anemia and leukemia. This is a great transaction for Roche as it strengthens their position in the

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Vista Point Advisors Quarterly M&A Updates

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