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InterSearch Group Announces Acquisition of; Expands Its Presence in Financial Services Internet Domains | Business Wire
Acquired in 2005-09. in 2006-09. "InterSearch is a leading provider of Internet search services through a combination of traffic aggregation and proprietary websites, such as, and"
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28 days ago by skinnymuch Sold For Up To $38 Million With $15.5 Million In Cash, But.....
$15.5 million in cash

$9.5 million in shares of stock in Remark.

$10 million in five-year warrants to purchase shares of common stock in Remark at an exercise price of $9.00 per share and

Up to a total of $3 million in Earn out payments based on the performance of in the years ending December 31, 2016, 2017 and 2018

According to the AP story gets 3.4 million visitors a month and Remark Media based out of  Las Vegas board includes “Las Vegas Strip executives connected to the Venetian and Palazzo hotel-casinos, CityCenter resorts and the Tao group of nightclubs”.
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28 days ago by skinnymuch acquired by Remark Media | Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A May investment presentation on Remark Media indicated the company had $18 million in assets, $12.8 million in liabilities and $9.4 million in debt as of Dec. 31. Its Dec. 31 income statement for the previous 12 months showed revenue of $1.8 million, but a net loss of $18.2 million for the year.

Officials at say its site receives 3.4 million visitors per month across all platforms, including Google and the iOS Las Vegas app."
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28 days ago by skinnymuch
Remark Media Acquires
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Remark Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK), a global digital media company and operator of financial services focused media...
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28 days ago by skinnymuch
Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The issue, as I laid out last year in Lessons From Spotify, is that Spotify’s primary cost driver is not, like most tech companies, fixed investments in R&D or Sales & Marketing, but rather marginal payouts to record labels. Basically, the more revenue Spotify makes the more its costs increase, which can be overcome at large enough revenue numbers — see last quarter — but limits the company’s long-term upside.

Meanwhile, for Spotify podcasts are fixed costs: that means that driving more listening flows directly to the company’s bottom line in a way that increased music listening does not. This is a very big deal — it is entirely possible that if Spotify succeeds in the space that podcasts will drive a relatively small percentage of revenue and a much larger percentage of profit.

This explains Spotify’s multi-prong approach:

Anchor provides a way to capture new podcasters, leading them either to Spotify advertising or, in the case of rising stars, to Spotify exclusives. Critically, because Spotify has access to all of the data, they can likely bring those suppliers on board at a far lower rate than they have to pay for established creators like Gimlet Media.
Spotify Advertising, as I just suggested, makes a strong play to be the dominant provider for the entire podcasting industry. Spotify Advertising is already operating at a far larger scale than Midroll, the incumbent player, and Spotify has access to the data of the second largest podcast player in the market.
Gimlet Media becomes an umbrella brand for a growing stable of Spotify exclusive podcasts. Critically, as I noted above, the majority of these podcasts come to Spotify not because Spotify pays them millions of dollars but simply because Spotify is better at monetizing than anyone else.
This will be the determinant as to whether or not Spotify’s podcast gambit succeeds: being an Aggregator doesn’t simply mean acquiring a large pool of captive customers, it means controlling the value chain such that suppliers come on to your platform on your terms because you monetize them better than anyone else, even as you capture the excess value.  gimlet-media  spotify  anchor-fm  ben-thompson  acquisitions  podcasts 
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