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Can Large Companies Help Small Companies Find Business Models (An Open M&A Question)

This is more of an open thread than a blurb. I’ve been looking at the dismal data on venture capital exits and the growing swirl of rumors about Twitter getting acquired. One thing I’ve always wondered is whether a situation where a big company buys a small company for a large sum (say north of […]

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Why Facebook Might Start Buying App Developers

I’ve been running a small thought experiment in my head of late and figured I’d write it down. I’ve been wondering whether it makes sense for Facebook to start buying application developers who are building things for their platform. Initially, I felt the answer was a clear “no” but I’ve been moving toward a strong […]

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Do "Tuck-In” Acquisitions Actually Work?

With all of the Yahoo and Microsoft blog commentary going around, I’ve been thinking a lot about M&A and whether the so-called “tuck-in” acquisition where a major Internet company purchases a smaller company for $25 to $100 million and rolls them into the larger fold. The logic for most of these deals is that the […]