Category Archives: M&A

Crowdsourcing the crystal bowl: what big news in the Seattle IT industry?

I do not have a crystal bowl, right? So it is fun to see when other smart guys meet and read theirs, at least from a statistical perspective something they say will come true! Read this article about the last … Continue reading

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Smart IT companies pay very low taxes…. a location-based competitive advantage

“Two thousand U.S. companies paid a median effective cash rate of 28.3 percent in federal, state and foreign income taxes in a 2005 study by academics at the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina. The combined national-local … Continue reading

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We now have Super Angels too, LOL

It is very interesting to read we have a new category of funds available for investors, from the so-called “super angels”. I believe this not only offers a new opportunity for entrepreneurs, but that they really address a space which … Continue reading

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Zynga comes to Seattle

The Pacific NorthWest is a good hotbed for tech companies; and this week Zynga  posted job openings for Web engineers in Seattle, signifying that the social games company is expanding to the Northwest, already a hotbed of game design. In … Continue reading

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The economy & lower startup costs drive startups to angels

See how these two combined factors drive more opportunity to work with angel investors. So, are angels the new VCs? “Angels have become an alternative to VC, particularly for Web 2.0 deals”.

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CFOs: beware of cranky deals (ok, but there’s new life in M&A, good to know)

Mary makes a good point that CFOs have to be more vigilant in this market. But there are two good news to note: the fact that there may be opportunities out for sale only because some businesses are out of … Continue reading

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Hey neighbor, what are you up to?

My island neighbor (!) Paul Allen is definitely up to something, and money is the obvious first evident goal of his new patent lawsuit action. There is probably more to it, and some comments from these last days refer to … Continue reading

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Why am I not surprised

In his article from the UK, Khidr Suleman describes the business reasons that would support a tighter integration between SAP and OpenText, or even an acquisition. Not sure what makes most financial sense (it would definitely depend on the price … Continue reading

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Startup failure, differences in city culture

Interesting article compares different city cultures re: startup and their reactions to failure, it’s instructive. Not sure Seattle has the balanced approach….

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