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Dollar Shave Club and The Disruption of Everything – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
obsolete, etc = "the tech community is celebrating the massive return for Dollar Shave Club’s investors, but $1 billion for a 16% unit share of a market dominated by a brand that cost $57 billion is startlingly small. Indeed, that’s why buying Dollar Shave Club was never an option for P&G: even if their model is superior P&G’s shareholders would never permit the abandonment of what made the company so successful for so long; a company so intently focused on growing revenue is incapable of slicing one of their most profitable lines by half or more."

keywords: proctor & gamble , p&g , unilever
strategy  innovation  startups-going-above-and-beyond  startups-getting-acquired  startups-going-legit  business  history-business  startups-going-down-obsolete-etc  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned--in-decline 
july 2016 by daguti
Unilever has bought US start-up Dollar Shave Club for a reported $1bn . : news
Wow, I remember their first commercial just a few years ago. What a quick rise and exit!
startups-getting-acquired  startups-going-legit  news  2016 
july 2016 by daguti
Avis Acquires Car Sharing Company Zipcar For $500 Million
"Over the years, it expanded organically but also through strategic investments in and acquisitions of nimbler rivals (Avancar, CarSharing.at, Streetcar and Wheelz, among others).

It also, rather notably, merged with chief U.S. competitor Flexcar in 2007."
strategy  startups-getting-acquired  2013  news 
january 2013 by daguti
Digg Is Being Rebuilt From Scratch And Needs Your Help
Also see the link I bookmarked on Sept 6, 2011... DIGG was recently purchased for a mere $500,000... Oh how things change: I remember the days when Reddit was begging users for donations to stay alive and DIGG was a gobble-necked turkey bastard, swimming in piles of cash.
history-business  history-computer  startups-getting-acquired  2012  news  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  companies-digg  companies-reddit 
july 2012 by daguti
Facebook shuts down face recognition APIs after all • The Register
programming-api = When your business depends on a company's API and Facebook (or anyone) acquires them... Good luck!
programming-api  warnings  facebook  startups-getting-acquired 
july 2012 by daguti
Camera+: 8M Copies in 2 Years, Acquisitions Denied to Twitter, Google
startups-getting-acquired = These guys have been fending off offers for years.
entrepreneurship  startups-getting-acquired 
june 2012 by daguti
Here is why Facebook bought Instagram — Tech News and Analysis
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath = A new tag to highlight situations where it seems like a flea is up up against a juggernaut... and how they were successful by sound strategy.

The relevant part of this particle is the section "My translation" where Om Malik explains that Instagram attacked Facebook's Achilles Heel by attacking mobile photo sharing. Because Facebook considers itself a desktop company and has never invested heavily into mobile. Their mobile apps actually suck.
analysis  strategy  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  motivation-for-me  startups-getting-acquired 
april 2012 by daguti
Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL
AOL loses on $850MM gamble. Sells Bebo to hedge fund for less than $10MM

meetup-ny-tech-group = Richie Hecker, former NY Tech mailing list member is part of Criterion Capital.
meetup-ny-tech-group  startups-getting-acquired  social-networks 
june 2010 by daguti
Why I Sold Zappos
Make sure to read to the end where he talks about the company tracking and attempting to strengthen inter-departmental friendships. I can see this being very useful because techs at AnySystem used to "who gives a shit" when they gave bad service to a customer, rather than caring that they were making Jean's job in sales harder to do.
Very interesting.
business-culture  venture-capital-or-other-funding  zappos  business  amazon.com  startups-getting-acquired  management 
june 2010 by daguti
Blahgger: I Haven't Forgotten, And We Will Never Forget.
The thing that I've learned about acquisitions is that most companies who buy other companies have their own plans. When you sell, you must know that you're giving up everything you've worked for and that after you sign on the dotted line, it's all ov
business  software  winamp  web  nullsoft  startups  technology  startups-getting-acquired 
june 2006 by daguti

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