Blucora paying $45M to purchase HowStuffWorks, the Internet’s how-to guide with 38 million monthly visitors

Blucora continues to expand through acquisitions. The Bellevue company today announced that it’s buying HowStuffWorks from Discovery Communications, paying $45 million for the Internet’s how-to guide for everything from automobile maintenance to gardening tips to job interview advice. Among the questions that people can get answered on HowStuffWorks: How do they make hollow chocolate Easter… Read More


Amazon buys digital comic book purveyor comiXology is making a big push into the digital comic book arena, announcing today that it has acquired New York-based comiXology in deal of undisclosed size. Founded seven years ago, comiXology distributes digital comics on behalf of more than 75 publishers, including giants Marvel and DC Comics. Readers purchase comics through the company’s digital storefront,… Read More

The Mindbloom team

Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More


Teledesic 2.0? Facebook looking to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan to deliver Internet access from the skies

Craig McCaw’s Teledesic raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1990s to build low-orbiting satellites that could deliver high-speed Internet to those below. The idea fizzled, despite the involvement of the likes of Boeing and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But the concept remains alive, at least in a less expensive form, in a New… Read More

Omar Tawakol

Oracle agrees to buy big data marketing platform BlueKai

BlueKai, which operates a large repository of customer data that allows advertisers to better target messages to specific audiences, has agreed to be acquired by Oracle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though AdExchanger pegs it at $350 million to $400 million, and notes that IBM and also were sniffing around the startup…. Read More


Online banking startup Simple acquired for $117 million

Simple, an online banking startup based in Portland, has agreed to be acquired by banking giant BBVA, based in Madrid, Spain, in a deal valued at $117 million, the companies announced this morning. It’s a big exit for the Rose City’s tech community, and the culmination of a meteoric rise for the online banking startup… Read More


Why Seattle needs a WhatsApp

I woke up this morning thinking about WhatsApp. Not so much about the mouth-dropping $19 billion price tag that Facebook put on the five-year-old Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, the biggest venture-backed M&A exit ever. But why a deal of this size, style and scope is so desperately needed in Seattle. I’ve argued in the past… Read More

This note is a daily reminder at the WhatsApp office that reads “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!”  Credit: Sequoia Capital

WhatTheApp? Why Facebook would spend $16 billion on an app with no advertising

Facebook announced this afternoon that it will pay $16 billion for WhatsApp, a free messaging application that lets users tap into their phone’s Internet connection to avoid paying hefty text messaging fees. But based on what we know about WhatsApp’s business model, Facebook isn’t doing the deal for the advertising revenue. Two years ago, that… Read More


Meet your new cable giant: Comcast calls $45B Time Warner buy ‘pro-competitive’

Television is much more than traditional cable or broadcast these days. That is one of Comcast’s biggest challenges, and it’s also one of the company’s primary justifications for the proposed $45.2 billion all-stock acquisition of Time Warner Cable, announced overnight. If approved by regulators, the deal will give Comcast about 30 million subscribers — spanning… Read More


Boosting support of startups, Washington Technology Industry Association acquires NWEN

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced that it has acquired the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), combining efforts of the two non-profit organizations The WTIA will acquire all of NWEN’s intellectual property — brand names, member lists, program plans, historical files, etc. In addition, NWEN’s two marquee events — First Look Forum and Entrepreneur University — will now… Read More

William Urschel

Seattle online ad startup A6 acquires ReachLogic Media

A6 Corp., a Seattle online advertising startup led by veteran entrepreneur William Urschel, has acquired New York-based ReachLogic Media in a deal of undisclosed size. “We needed a way to service advertisers directly, and we needed to be in New York,” said Urschel in a release. “ReachLogic has a great team of (real-time bidding) experts… Read More

Robert Pease

Social media marketing startup LoopFuse acquired by Salesfusion

LoopFuse, which uses machine learning to identify demand signals on social media channels, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Atlanta-based Salesfusion. Led by former Gist executive Robert Pease, LoopFuse maintained operations in both Seattle and Atlanta. In an email, Pease said called the deal a “great outcome for everyone.” LoopFuse merged with… Read More


ServiceSource buys Scout Analytics in $32 million deal

ServiceSource, a San Francisco-based publicly-traded company that specializes in cloud-based recurring revenue management technologies, has acquired Issaquah-based Scout Analytics. All 42 employees at Scout plan to join ServiceSource as part of the deal, with the company looking to nearly double in employment size in the coming months. It plans to continue to operate as a standalone… Read More


This Seattle-area tech company just got acquired for $650M and no one really noticed (including us)

EagleView Technology Corp., despite its name, has flown under the radar for years. And that’s no different with the company’s latest news. In a deal announced Tuesday, Verisk Analytics confirmed that it was paying $650 million in cash for EagleView, a leading provider of aerial imagery and data analytics. It’s a huge deal — one… Read More


Chart: Google’s top 10 acquisitions, and where Nest ranks

Google has made some big buys over the years, expanding its presence in mobile phones (Motorola) and online advertising (DoubleClick). And now it is making a huge bet in the connected home through its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, the maker of the digital thermostats and smoke detectors. As the chart from Statista shows, Nest… Read More