internet forum industry

closed 9/2/2015 via Company Press Release

Choice Group Asia, acquired Thaivisa.com

synopsis: Choice Group Asia announced the acquisition of Thaivisa.com and its associated platforms and products from Thaivisa Expat Group Co. Ltd. Thaivisa provides both local and international news to expats living in Thailand.
buyer: Choice Group Asia
Choice Group Asia was set up in 2009 and operated both in the real estate channel and digital media with Inspire eMagazine. Inspire quickly developed in the region of Pattaya on multiple online platform and quickly established itself as a leader in sharing events and offers to expats in that region."
target: Thaivisa.com
Thaivisa.com began life as a single static web page providing information and brief explanations to the various visa types avaialble in Thailand. Since its launch, Thaivisa.com has grown into the largest English language forum in the world regarding everything and anything related to Thailand.
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closed 3/26/2015 via BNC Analysis

Housing.com, acquired IREF Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Housing.com has acquired the Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF). IREF, a real-estate community was founded as an independent real estate forum, where registered users (home buyers as well as experts) can exchange information, experiences and views on real estate projects, builders and miscellaneous real estate related topics.
buyer: Housing.com
Founded in Bombay, Housing.com is one of the world’s fastest-growing online real estate platforms. It allows people to explore flats in their neighbourhood, view all amenities closeby and take a virtual tour of every property. "
target: IREF Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
IREF (Indian Real Estate Forum), is a real-estate community was founded as an independent real estate forum, where registered users (home buyers as well as experts) can exchange information, experiences and views on real estate projects, builders and miscellaneous real estate related topics.
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$1.27
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closed 8/13/2013 via BNC Analysis

Meir Gal, acquired Behadrey Haredim Ltd.

synopsis: Behadrey Haredim, a Haredi Internet site and forum board, has been purchased by advertising executive Meir Gal. The new owner intends on expanding the site’s activities to overseas markets.
buyer: Meir Gal
Meir Gal is the son of pioneeering Haredi ad man Benny Gal, who built Gal-Oren BSD into one of the largest advertising agencies catering to Israel's Haredi sector. "
target: Behadrey Haredim Ltd.
Behadrey Haredim Ltd. is a Haredi web portal founded in 2002 was originally a forum board for controversial topics within Israel's Haredi community. Currently they are a web portal for general content and news.
price ($mm)
$2.81
rev ($mm)
$1
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closed 8/8/2005 via BNC Analysis

CNET, Inc., acquired Metacritic.com

synopsis: Media company CNET Networks Inc. on Monday said it has acquired Metacritic Inc. and its entertainment review Web site for an undisclosed amount.
buyer: CNET, Inc.
CNET Networks, Inc. is a worldwide media company and creator of content environments for the interactive age. CNET Networks takes pride in being "a different kind of media company," creating richer, deeper interactive experiences by combining the wisdom and passion of users. "
target: Metacritic.com
Metacritic's mission is to help clients make informed decision about how to spend money on entertainment. What began as an idea to provide access & summarize the entertainment criticism available online--has evolved into one of the Web's best resources for critical information on entertainment.
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announced 11/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Lego System A/S, will acquire BrickLink Limited

synopsis: The LEGO Group, a Danish toy production company, will acquire BrickLink Ltd from NXMH LLC, a family investment holding based in Brussels, Belgium. BrickLink is the biggest LEGO fan marketplace and community on the internet. BrickLink makes it easy for LEGO fans to buy and sell new, used, and vintage LEGO products from people all over the world.
buyer: Lego System A/S
The LEGO Group is a Danish toy production company. The group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. Their most well-known product, the LEGO brick, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. "
target parent: NXC
target: BrickLink Limited
BrickLink is the biggest LEGO fan marketplace and community on the internet. BrickLink makes it easy for LEGO fans to buy and sell new, used, and vintage LEGO products from people all over the world. Their community forum allows fans to show off their unique creations and discuss all things LEGO.
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closed 1/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Media Do Holdings Co., Ltd., acquired MyAnimeList

synopsis: Media Do Holdings, a Japaneses e-book distributor, has acquired MyAnimeList from DeNA, a Japanese developer of mobile and online services. MyAnimeList is the world's largest database and social community for anime and manga. MyAnimeList allows users to create a personalized list of titles to help them keep track of their progress.
buyer: Media Do Holdings Co., Ltd. (TSE:3678:$419.61)
Media Do Holdings is a Japaneses e-book distributor. Media Do offers various types of e-books, including comics, fiction, non-fiction, photo-books, and magazines. Media Do's distribution network is comprised of more than 100 companies. "
target parent: DeNA Global, Inc.
target: MyAnimeList
MyAnimeList is the world's largest database and social community for anime and manga. MyAnimeList allows users to create a personalized list of titles to help them keep track of their progress. Their forums allow users to discuss their favorite series and keep up to date with anime and manga news.
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closed 5/14/2007 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired DPreview

synopsis: Leading online retailer Amazon.com has acquired www.dpreview.com, the web’s most comprehensive site for digital camera information and reviews. Founded in 1998 by Phil Askey, dpreview.com provides unbiased reviews and original content regarding the latest in digital cameras, and offers a host of features and forums.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$280,522.00)
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: DPreview
Dpreview.com offers reviews of the latest digital cameras and accessories, discussion forums, digital photography and imaging news, sample images, dynamic digital camera buyers’ guide, side-by-side comparisons of the most popular models, and the web’s most comprehensive database of digital cameras.
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closed 3/20/2019 via BNC Analysis

Capital Lounge GmbH, acquired trademind.de

synopsis: Capital Lounge GmbH, a Munich-based investment boutique, has acquired trademind.de, a German internet forum focused on foreign trade. trademind.de allows businesses to talk and ask questions about imports, exports, incoterms, customs, taxes and more.
buyer parent: Signature AG
buyer: Capital Lounge GmbH
Capital Lounge is one of the most active Going Public Boutiques specialized in Listings and Going Publics on selected European Markets as well as Roadshows and Fundraisings for rapidly expanding companies. "
target: trademind.de
trademind.de is a German internet forum focused on foreign trade. trademind.de allows businesses to talk and ask questions about imports, exports, incoterms, customs, taxes and more. trademind.de has over 17,000 registered users.
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closed 3/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Valiant Investments Plc, acquired National-Preservation.com

synopsis: Valiant is pleased announce that its 84.7% owned subsidiary, Flamethrower plc, has acquired the website https://www.national-preservation.com. National-Preservation.com was established in 2005, and has grown to become the leading forum for the discussion of railway and heritage topics in the UK.
buyer: Valiant Investments Plc
Valiant Investments plc is focused on building a diversified portfolio of investments across sectors including natural resources and technology. One of Valiant's investee companies, Flamethrower, is a technology company that offers a wide selection of mobile apps for use on smartphones and tablets. "
target: National-Preservation.com
National-Preservation.com was established in 2005, and has grown to become the leading forum for the discussion of railway and heritage topics in the UK, with just under 10,000 registered users.
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$0.02
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closed 12/28/2016 via BNC Analysis

DreamsCloud, acquired Soothspace, Inc.

synopsis: Sooth, the mobile platform that helps people get good advice, has been acquired by DreamsCloud, the social network for sharing dreams. The acquisition acknowledges the importance of taking a scientific approach to understand dreams.
buyer: DreamsCloud
DreamsCloud is a social network and movement which offers the unique chance for people around the globe to connect, share and discover dreams. "
target: Soothspace, Inc.
Sooth is a mobile platform for advice. Sooth helps people get through complicated personal and professional situations by allowing them to ask friends for anonymized advice, or have community members and professional experts weigh in.
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closed 9/8/2011 via BusinessWire

CrowdGather, Inc., acquired Yuku

synopsis: CrowdGather has acquired the domain name, website, and assets related to yuku.com including the Ezboard domains and its integrated forums, from Inform Technologies, Inc. Yuku.com is a premier forum platform that offers both members and forum organizers a simple interface to use and manage the forum communities.
buyer: CrowdGather, Inc. (CRWG:$1.69)
CrowdGather provides a highly interactive and informational social network for members, a management and revenue-sharing resource for third-party forum owners, and a largely untapped advertising network for marketers worldwide. "
target parent: Inform Technologies, LLC
target: Yuku
Yuku has a long history of serving, managing and hosting forum communities, and also includes the original ezboard.com forum community, one of the most prominent forum platforms online. Yuku.com includes many social network features for members and member profiles.
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closed 10/15/2009 via BusinessWire

CrowdGather, Inc., acquired MatrixWatch.com

synopsis: One of the leading networks of forum communities on the Internet, CrowdGather, announced the purchase of MatrixWatch, a community driven anti-fraud knowledge base founded in 2002.
buyer: CrowdGather, Inc. (CRWG:$1.69)
With its growing portfolio of special interest forums and enthusiast message board communities, CrowdGather has created a centralized network to benefit forum members, forum owners and forum advertisers. "
target: MatrixWatch.com
MatrixWatch is acknowledged as one of the leading community driven anti-fraud resources on the internet. Taking a "wisdom of the crowds" approach to fighting fraud, MatrixWatch has helped to protect hundreds of businesses and consumers around the world from new and emerging threats online.
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closed 7/29/2009 via BusinessWire

CrowdGather, Inc., acquired AdminFusion.com

synopsis: One of the leading networks of forum communities on the worldwide web, CrowdGather announced the acquisition of webmaster and forum owner community, AdminFusion.com
buyer: CrowdGather, Inc. (CRWG:$1.69)
With its growing portfolio of special interest forums and enthusiast message board communities, CrowdGather has created a centralized network to benefit forum members, forum owners and forum advertisers. "
target: AdminFusion.com
Started in September of 2005, AdminFusion.com is the ultimate resource for forum administration and moderation. This forum is dedicated to helping new and experienced Forum owners and moderators get the edge on how to better improve their forums.
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closed 1/24/2007 via BusinessWire

Carsdirect.com, acquired DoItYourself.com

synopsis: Internet Brands, Inc., a leading operator of media and e-commerce sites for "large ticket" consumer purchases, today announced the acquisition of DoItYourself.com, the leading independent home improvement and home repair website.
buyer parent: Internet Brands, Inc.
buyer: Carsdirect.com
CarsDirect operates a growing portfolio of Internet media and ecommerce sites for "large ticket" consumer categories. The company's two automotive websites, CarsDirect.com and Autos.com, offer product and pricing information, new and pre-owned automobiles and related products and services. "
target: DoItYourself.com
Founded in 1995, DoItYourself.com has been named “One of the Top 50 sites in the World” by Time Magazine. The site is home to the most active home improvement discussion forum on the Internet, enabling consumers to get personalized advice from professionals on more than 100 subjects.
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closed 10/3/2006 via

Demand Media, Inc., acquired Answerbag.com

synopsis: Demand Media will acquire all of the assets of Answerbag.com and will receive warrants to purchase 5 million shares of InfoSearch Media’s common stock in exchange for $3 million in cash and the issuance to InfoSearch Media of warrants to purchase 125,000 shares of Demand Media Series C Preferred Stock.
buyer: Demand Media, Inc. (LFGR:$154.96)
Demand Media™ is a social media company that connects content creators and large audiences with advertisers through its network of vertical media web properties. By using its proprietary social media tools, Demand Media provides an interactive and vertically-focused media experience for users. "
target parent: InfoSearch Media
target: Answerbag.com
Answerbag is a community of people helping others. Have a question? Ask it here! Know something? (Everyone knows something!) Help someone out!
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closed 4/17/2006 via Company Press Release

Backfence, Inc., acquired Bayosphere

synopsis: Backfence Inc., which is building a network of hyperlocal citizens’ media community Web sites, announced today that it is acquiring Bayosphere, a site cofounded by citizens’ media pioneer Dan Gillmor, and expanding to the San Francisco Bay Area.
buyer: Backfence, Inc.
Backfence.com is a new way to find out what's going on in the world closest and most important to you: Your neighborhood. If you’ve got something to say about your local community, Backfence is the place to do it—and to find out what others are saying. "
target: Bayosphere
Bayosphere, which was launched in June 2005, has close to 100,000 unique visitors per month. It has become a lively forum for debate on Bay Area issues, as well as a home for co-founder, Dan Gillmor’s popular blog on technology, citizens’ media and social issues.
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closed 3/24/2018 via BNC Analysis

reallymoving, acquired Homemove

synopsis: Moving home comparison site reallymoving has acquired UK-based online property forum Homemove. Homemove provides tips and advice from fellow buyers and sellers from general discussions about whether first-time buyers should buy before Brexit to specific questions about restrictive covenants and shared boundaries.
buyer: reallymoving
reallymoving is a one stop shop for anyone moving. reallymoving provides instant quotes for conveyancing, surveys, removals, home reports (in Scotland) and Energy Performance Certificates. It has served over 2 million customers. "
target: Homemove
Based in the UK, Homemove is an online property forum. It provides tips and advice from fellow buyers and sellers from general discussions about whether first-time buyers should buy before Brexit to specific questions about restrictive covenants and shared boundaries.
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closed 3/8/2017 via BNC Analysis

Pinterest, acquired Jelly Industries, Inc.

synopsis: Pinterest has acquired Jelly, the startup co-founded by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Ben Finkel in 2014 as a “human-powered search engine” — essentially an app that let people ask questions and get crowdsourced replies from their friends and friends of friends.
buyer: Pinterest
Pinterest is a social networking site with a visually-pleasing “virtual pinboard” interface. Users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of other people whom they find interesting. "
target: Jelly Industries, Inc.
Jelly is a startup co-founded by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Ben Finkel in 2014 as a “human-powered search engine” — essentially an app that let people ask questions and get crowdsourced replies from their friends and friends of friends.
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closed 9/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Hästnet Sverige AB, acquired Pets4Homes

synopsis: Pet Media Limited has been acquired by Hästnet Sverige AB. Established in 2008, Pet Media owns and operates the websites pets4homes.co.uk and petforums.co.uk. Pets4Homes is the UK's leading dedicated pet classified website for all pet types including dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry, fish, birds, reptiles, horses and other small animals.
buyer: Hästnet Sverige AB
Established in 2001, Hästnet is the Nordic region's largest marketplace for horses and equestrian related equipment and services. Leading an acquisition of Hästnet in 2018, CEO Axel Lagercrantz saw potential for Hästnet to grow both internationally and into new pets' categories. "
target: Pets4Homes
Established in 2008, Pet Media owns and operates the websites pets4homes.co.uk and petforums.co.uk. Pets4Homes is the UK's leading dedicated pet classified website for all pet types including dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry, fish, birds, reptiles, horses and other small animals.
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closed 11/14/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired Operation Sports

synopsis: Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc., a digital media company building the largest community of authentic gamers, has acquired the assets of Operation Sports LLC, one of the largest online sports video gaming news and community forums.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$14.54)
Founded in 2014, Enthusiast is the fastest-growing online community of video gamers. Through the Company’s unique acquisition strategy, it has a platform of over 70 owned and affiliated websites and currently reaches over 75 million monthly visitors with its unique and curated content. "
target: Operation Sports
Since its inception in 1998, Operation Sports has grown from a small community driven news site into an industry leading destination for sports video gaming enthusiasts to connect online.
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Thaivisa.com

IREF Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Behadrey Haredim Ltd.

Metacritic.com

BrickLink Limited

MyAnimeList

DPreview

trademind.de

National-Preservation.com

Soothspace, Inc.

Yuku

MatrixWatch.com

AdminFusion.com

DoItYourself.com

Answerbag.com

Bayosphere

Homemove

Jelly Industries, Inc.

Pets4Homes

Operation Sports

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Based in Japan, GameWith is a community that provides information and functions to make games more enjoyable. They also have game capture information, including game reviews, videos, and strategies to help gamers excel.
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$24.15
EBITDA ($mm)
$10.76
EBIT ($mm)
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Wallstreet:online is a Germany-based online platform that provides information and news about stock markets, finance, economics, and investments. Wallstreet:online is the most active financial community in Germany, with up to 10,000 new user posts a day in over 80 forums.
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EBITDA ($mm)
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