Requesting Data and input on M&A for an article.

I am interviewing people for stories on how M&A played key roles in the success of many companies.  From Microsoft need a system for IBM to Google/Facebook dominating ads by acquisitions.

GOOGLE / Alphabet

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MICROSOFT – Day one acquisition (kinda):

Microsoft founder could not develop fast enough a system for IBM, so the acquired a company for its DOS software.

For this deal, Microsoft purchased a CP/M clone called 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, which it branded as MS-DOS, although IBM rebranded it to IBM PC DOS.

-DOS had a command structure and application programming interface that imitated that of Digital Research‘s CP/M operating system, which made it easy to port programs from the latter. The system was licensed and then purchased by Microsoft and developed further as MS-DOS and PC DOS.[1] Source:

Pipeline 2017-10-18- M&A – Unicorns are cool, but dragons overrule!

Sometimes we need to talk about the rubber hitting the road.  Unicorns are cool, but dragons overrule!  Here is a list of recent M&A as growth is great, but good exits are greater!

Our motto is “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. As life is all about fun and results!” – JD Morris

#ProvocativeStatement “Unicorns are cool, but dragons overrule, as investors care about returns” – JD Morris

Here are your daily deal / M&A deals for today:

** China’s Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts Co wants to increase its stake in German automotive interiors maker Grammer AG to more than 25 percent, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Tuesday.

** Trucks and construction equipment maker Volvo said on Tuesday it had decided to end a sales process for its governmental sales business due to insufficient offers.

** Opposition was growing on Tuesday to U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital’s $1.35 billion offer to buy Asatsu-DK Inc as Hong Kong-based activist hedge fund Oasis Management Co joined other shareholders in Japan’s third-largest advertising agency in calling the offer too low.

** Russia’s biggest non-state gas producer Novatek will acquire a gas producing asset from Russia-focused fertiliser producer Eurochem as part of a new strategy, Novatek’s head Leonid Mikhelson told reporters on Tuesday.

** Austria’s Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment will have to pay more than expected to buy the rest of U.S. unit Downhole Technology, and it will post a pre-tax loss of roughly 78 million euros ($91.6 million) in the third quarter, it said.

** China has agreed take a 70 percent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s growing economic clout in the country, a senior government official said.

** Britain wants more say over deals in its military and technology sectors, as the government tries to prevent homegrown companies in sensitive industries from falling into foreign hands.

** Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy a third of fashion brand Mr & Mrs Italy’s owner Duemmei, marking its first investment in the luxury industry amid a recovery in the sector.

** Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau SA could raise about 2 billion reais ($630.48 million) with the potential sale of rebar-producing facilities in the United States this year, newspaper Valor Econômico reported on Tuesday.

** Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC is buying fellow generics drug maker Impax Laboratories Inc in an all-stock deal as a bulwark against a tough drug pricing environment.

** Software maker Synchronoss Technologies Inc said private equity firm Siris Capital Partners would buy its Intralinks Holding unit in a deal worth about $1 billion, higher than it previous offer.

** Airbus has agreed to take a majority stake in Bombardier’s troubled CSeries jetliner programme, securing the plane’s future and giving the Canadian firm a possible way out of a damaging trade dispute with Boeing.

** China is offering to buy up to 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly, sources said, a move that could give Saudi Arabia the flexibility to consider various options for its plan to float the world’s biggest oil producer on the stock market.

** Facebook Inc has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world’s largest social network looks to attract more users. #JDloves #DealofDay


** Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd said on Tuesday it is selling its pensions and investments business to IOOF Holdings in a A$975 million ($765 million) deal.

** China Foods Ltd said it would sell its wine and other non-beverage businesses to a unit of its state-owned parent COFCO Corp in a deal valued at HK$5.07 billion ($649 million) as it aims to focus on its beverage business. (Compiled by Vibhuti Sharma and Uday Sampath in Bengaluru)

DISCLAIMER:  This information is provided by AP, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune,  preqin, Reuters, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other 3rd party sources.  Please check with the company website as this a beta blog and will not be updated

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IN on Deck – Social Media for Investor Network by JD

Posting in LinkedIn Group, or sharing photo or update, or writing an article (or other social media) is an action that might produce a result. Sometime I feel like it is jsut placing things on wall and other times I feel that it has “purpose and passion!” Here is our tag line: “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about” fast without “dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s.” Here is where you can find us!

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VC deals that closed and profile of NEA

Today we profile several VC deals and NEA.  I can remember the CEO of our portfolio going from hero to zero during his pitch to NEA founder in just one word.  If you have a great deal (i.e. great vs. good), let me introduce you to one of my friends that are investors via Venture Capital firmw, Private Equity Groupw, or other types of investors. Learn more about JD Morris:


2nd Watch, a Seattle-based cloud software, service, and analytics company, closed a $4.2 million funding round led by Madrona Venture Group, with participation from other private

Aura Biosciences, a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of nano-enabled drug delivery systems, has raised $3.23 million in new VC funding from undisclosed investors, according to a regulatory

bMobilized, a New York-based mobile technology startup, has raised an additional $2.5 million in series A funding from Norway’s Alliance Venture, Investinor and Alden AS, which together invested $1.5 million in the startup last April.

FundersClub the world’s first online venture capital platform. Coinbase raised $165,785 from 31 investors. raised $87,500 from 28 investors. Sponsorfied raised $98,400 from 29 investors.


GoBalto Inc., a San Francisco-based developer of cloud-based solutions for clinical trials, has raised $12 million in new VC funding. Singapore’s EDBI led the round, and was joined by Qualcomm Ventures and return backers investors Aberdare Ventures, West Health Investment Fund and founding CEO Jae

IFTTT, a San Francisco-based application that creates connections betweenweb applications including Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, and YouTube, has raised a $7 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz and includes participation from NEA and Lerer Ventures.

Pluribus Networks, which makes hardware-accelerated network virtualization for private and public cloud datacenters, has closed a $23 million Series C round led by Menlo Ventures and joined by existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and others. Pluribus Networks closed a previous Series B round for $17.5 million in April of 2011.

VictorOps, a Lafayette, Colo.-based vertical collaboration platform for development operations groups, has raised nearly $1.59 million in VC funding, according to a regulatory filing. Backers include Foundry Group and Tango.



New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a leading venture capital firm, consistently ranking among the top firms in portfolio IPOs each year, with more liquidity events than any other venture capital firm.

Since its founding, the firm has backed more than 170 companies that have gone public and invested in more than 290 companies that have been successfully merged or acquired.

For more than 30 years, NEA has been helping to build great companies. Our committed capital has grown to $11 billion and we have funded more than 650 companies in the Information Technology, Energy Technology and Healthcare sectors – like Salesforce, Groupon, Data Domain, CareerBuilder,, Fusion-io, Juniper, Macromedia, and TiVo.

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