Apr
18
2017
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Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

 Microsoft announced today that it was acquiring Bellevue-based Intentional Software for an undisclosed amount of money. With the purchase, Charles Simonyi, Intentional founder, Chairman, and CTO, who helped develop some of Microsoft’s famous Office tools like Excel and Word returns to Microsoft. Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to launch Intentional. While it’s not crystal clear… Read More

Mar
28
2017
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Industrious buys PivotDesk, raises $25M to be WeWork without startup bros

 In the recruiting wars, a cool office is critical. Not just for scrappy startups, but big businesses with regional HQs, as well. So while WeWork signs questionable 20-year leases to provide desks for twenty-something engineers, Industrious is taking a more classy and conservative approach to coworking space. Read More

Mar
08
2017
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Google confirms its acquisition of data science community Kaggle

 Google today said it is acquiring Kaggle, an online service that hosts data science and machine learning competitions, confirming what sources told us when we reported the acquisition yesterday. The company made the announcement at its Google Cloud Next conference this morning in San Francisco, while not disclosing the terms of the acquisition. But it’s not all that surprising that… Read More

Mar
06
2017
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Amazon’s AWS buys Thinkbox Software, maker of tools for creative professionals

 It looks like AWS, Amazon’s cloud computing arm, has made another acquisition to add more productivity tools for its customers beyond basic cloud-computing services. It has picked up Thinkbox Software, which develops and sells solutions for media design and content creation aimed at people in the video and wider visual media industries. Examples of services that Thinkbox already… Read More

Jan
25
2017
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Cisco-AppDynamics $3.7 billion deal all about the data

Cisco headquarters. When Cisco bought AppDynamics last night for $3.7 billion, it was initially a bit of a shocker, partly because of the timing, just days before the startup was scheduled to IPO. While the acquisition was clearly part of a longer term strategy by Cisco to shift focus from its hardware business to one based more on cloud software, at its core, the deal was a pure data play. Data has taken… Read More

Jan
19
2017
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Oracle boosts cloud offering with Apiary API management tool acquisition

Oracle Office Buildings at Silicon Valley Headquarters (Photo by ?? Christopher J. Morris/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Oracle acquired API management startup Apiary today for an undisclosed amount. Apiary, which launched in 2011 and has raised a modest $8.5 million, helps companies manage APIs, which is an increasingly important job. As every company becomes a software company, they are building platforms and providing ways for customers and third-parties to build applications using their technologies.… Read More

Nov
14
2016
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GE Digital snags ServiceMax for $915 million

GE and ServiceMax joining together. GE Digital announced today it was buying ServiceMax, a cloud-based field service management company, for $915 million. GE Ventures had been an investor in the company as part of the $82 million Series F round in 2015. The two companies have more in common than you might think. GE is building the Predix Platform, on top of which it hopes companies will build applications that take advantage… Read More

Nov
02
2016
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Broadcom acquires Brocade in $5.9 billion deal

Broadcom headquarters Broadcom, Ltd bought Brocade Communications Systems today for $5.9 billion, giving the company a strong offering in networking storage business. It’s quite a nice deal for Brocade shareholders, who gain a 47 percent premium over the $8.69 closing price last Friday night (October 28th). Under the terms of the deal, Broadcom will pay $12.75 per share. It’s an all-cash $5.5… Read More

Sep
07
2016
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$67 billion Dell-EMC deal closes today

dell-emc Last Fall, rumors began circulating that Dell was interested in acquiring EMC. On October 12th, the rumors proved true when Dell announced it was buying EMC for an astonishing $67 billion, a record price for a tech acquisition. Almost a year later, for better or worse (richer or poorer), that deal is official today. While the parties might like to frame this as a deal with little drama, the… Read More

Aug
28
2016
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What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups

Statistics and Analysis A new player has entered the enterprise productivity race. For decades, Microsoft reigned as the market leader in enterprise productivity — until Google pushed into the space with Google Apps. Now, with the acquisition of Quip, Salesforce is joining Microsoft and Google in the race. Read More

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