Like Kids Note Inc.

closed 1/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, acquired Kids Note Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp. has purchased Kids Note Inc., a local childcare solutions provider, in line with its efforts to expand its "online to offline" business portfolio. Kids Note allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Kids Note Inc.
Kids Note Inc. is a local childcare solutions provider. It allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
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closed 9/22/2021 via PR Newswire

Community Brands, acquired ParentApps

synopsis: Community Brands UK, a leading provider of cloud-based software and payments solutions for schools in the UK, has acquired Parentapps, an award-winning British education technology company. The acquisition bolsters Community Brands' leadership position in the industry and further illustrates its commitment to schools and their parents and students.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Community Brands
Community Brands is a purpose-driven company that delivers purpose-built solutions for nearly 100,000 leading associations, nonprofits, K-12 private schools and faith-based organizations worldwide to thrive and succeed. "
target: ParentApps
Parentapps is an award-winning education technology company based in Liverpool. Founded by two parents, Parentapps helps schools and nurseries streamline their communication, reduce costs, and build meaningful relationships with parents.
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closed 2/9/2015 via PR Newswire

Teaching Strategies, Inc., acquired Tadpoles

synopsis: Teaching Strategies is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tadpoles, a leading provider of child management solutions to the private childcare market. Tadpoles' digital communications tools were created to help childcare programs involve parents and simplify operations, improving the quality of care and developmental outcomes for young children.
buyer parent: L Squared Capital Partners
buyer: Teaching Strategies, Inc.
Teaching Strategies is a dynamic educational publishing company that serves the early childhood community exclusively, bringing curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through kindergarten. "
target: Tadpoles
Tadpoles helps early childhood programs to streamline operations and parent communication through mobile technology. Working with childcare centers and preschools around the world, Tadpoles delivers mobile software solutions designed specifically to support student achievement and involve parents.
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closed 3/22/2018 via BNC Analysis

Escola em Movimento, acquired Pertoo

synopsis: Escola em Movimento, a company in Brazil that helps educational institutions to improve their communications, has acquired Pertoo, a Brazil based company that offers a mobile platform that helps parents, students, and teachers communicate more efficiently. Pertoo allows users to exchange messages in order to schedule meetings and send reminders.
buyer: Escola em Movimento
Escola em Movimento is a company in Brazil that helps educational institutions improve their communication with parents, students, and employees through computers, smartphones, and tablets. The company's platform can send messages, photos, videos, create service channels, and set up calendars. "
target: Pertoo
Pertoo is a Brazil based company that offers a mobile platform that helps parents, students, and teachers communicate more efficiently. The platform allows teachers and parents to exchange messages in order to schedule meetings, send reminders, and share important announcements.
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closed 1/30/2018 via Company Press Release

ParentPay Limited, acquired WIS Services B.V.

synopsis: ParentPay, Europe’s leading provider of school payment and parental engagement services, has acquired WIS, the market leading software provider for school payment collection and parent communication in the Netherlands. WIS offers WIS Communicator, a cloud messaging solution giving parents access to news, grades, homework, schedules and invoices.
buyer: ParentPay Limited
ParentPay Ltd is the UK’s leading online payment and parental engagement provider for schools and families. Its ParentPay platform delivers online payments, income management and dinner money administration for schools, local authorities and caterers. "
target: WIS Services B.V.
WIS is the market leading software provider for school payment collection and parent communication in the Netherlands. One of their products, WIS Communicator, is a powerful cloud messaging solution giving parents access to news, grades, homework, schedules, e-mails and invoices.
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closed 1/24/2017 via Company Press Release

Education Brands, acquired SchoolSpeak

synopsis: SchoolSpeak, a leading cloud-based School Management Solution provider to K-12 schools and dioceses is excited to announce they are formally joining forces with Education Brands, a division of MB Parent Holdings. SchoolSpeak is a vendor for Standards-Based Grading and Reporting as well as Data Collection for Catholic Dioceses across North America.
buyer parent: Genstar Capital LLC
buyer: Education Brands
Education Brands, a division of MB Holdings LLC, delight schools and families with their network of education-focused software and service companies. This network allows schools to leverage best practices that have been proven at some of the most effective, efficient schools in the country. "
target: SchoolSpeak
SchoolSpeak is a leading cloud-based School Management Solution provider to K-12 schools and dioceses. SchoolSpeak is a prominent vendor for Standards-Based Grading and Reporting as well as Data Collection and Dashboard Contribution for Catholic Dioceses throughout North America.
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closed 5/24/2017 via PR Newswire

IRIS Software Group Limited, acquired Results Squared Limited

synopsis: Leading UK business-critical software provider, IRIS Software Group, is announcing it has acquired Results Squared. Results Squared offers a range of solutions including School Asset Manager, a complete asset management system using the latest cloud and mobile app technology. This is complemented with a parent engagement service.
buyer parent: HgCapital
buyer: IRIS Software Group Limited
IRIS is one of the most trusted business critical software and services providers in the UK. Iris offers the greatest range of specialist accountancy, financial management, human resource management and payroll solutions - delivered as a choice of integrated on premise software and cloud-based apps."
target: Results Squared Limited
Results Squared offers a range of solutions including School Asset Manager, a complete asset management system using the latest cloud and mobile app technology. This is complemented with a parent engagement service, allowing schools to securely engage with parents.
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closed 6/13/2018 via Company Press Release

Civitas Learning, Inc., acquired ClearScholar

synopsis: Civitas Learning, a company that provides tools and services for educators to help students learn well and finish strong, announced its acquisition of ClearScholar, developer of student engagement software for students and institutions. They are known for their mobile app that is used in multiple campuses.
buyer: Civitas Learning, Inc.
Using a cloud-based, predictive analytics platform and engaging applications, Civitas Learning partners with universities and colleges dedicated to helping students learn and finish strong. They provide tools and services for educators. "
target: ClearScholar
ClearScholar drives student engagement with a mobile, and personalized experience, reflecting the nature of campus life and connecting students to each other and the institution in new ways. They develop student engagement software so institutions and students can maximize their relationships.
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closed 3/3/2015 via PR Web

Imodules Software, Inc., acquired OrgSync

synopsis: Imodules Software, Inc., a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company, has acquired OrgSync. Founded in 2007, OrgSync is a provider of a cloud-hosted, SaaS platform that provides both campus administrators and students with the tools and resources necessary to effectively manage and enrich campus life.
buyer parent: Leeds Equity Partners
buyer: Imodules Software, Inc.
iModules is the leading SaaS provider of constituent engagement management software for educational institutions. Its interconnected suite of modules transforms how institutions create relevant constituent experiences and achieve fundraising success. "
target: OrgSync
OrgSync provides a cloud-hosted SaaS community management platform tailored to higher education institutions. Their products create a robust online community that provides both students and campus administrators with the tools and resources necessary to effectively manage and enrich campus life.
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closed 11/7/2018 via Company Press Release

Allocate Software Limited, acquired WAMBIZ Ltd

synopsis: Allocate Software, an international provider of workforce optimisation software, has acquired WAMBIZ, a company that builds private and controlled industry specific branded social networks. WAMBIZ offers mobile apps for education, healthcare, and enterprise. Their apps provide a safe and secure environment for communication and collaboration.
buyer parent: Vista Equity Partners
buyer: Allocate Software Limited (MSWEF:$25.50)
Allocate Software is a leading international provider of workforce optimisation software to the healthcare, defense and maritime sectors. Allocate’s solutions support the operational and administrative needs of healthcare professionals in all settings as well as defense and maritime staff globally. "
target: WAMBIZ Ltd
WAMBIZ builds private and controlled industry specific branded social networks that modernize the customer experience. WAMBIZ offers mobile apps for education, healthcare, and enterprise. Their apps provide a safe and secure environment for communication and collaboration.
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closed 11/3/2016 via Market Wire

Brightwheel, acquired MyChild

synopsis: Brightwheel, the first all-in-one platform for early education, announced it has acquired MyChild, a company with a similar focus on helping schools and childcare providers go paperless. MyChild is a parent engagement tool that helps users focus on child development instead of paperwork.
buyer: Brightwheel
Brightwheel is the first all-in-one platform for early education. Through brightwheel, teachers can easily track attendance, record assessments, share photos and notes, and gain insights into daily activities -- while administrators can manage enrollment, staffing, licensing requirements, and more. "
target: MyChild
MyChild is a parent engagement tool that helps users focus on child development instead of paperwork. Clients benefit from increased parent engagement, higher retention of children and staff, and decreased costs.
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closed 1/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, acquired Kids Note Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp. has purchased Kids Note Inc., a local childcare solutions provider, in line with its efforts to expand its "online to offline" business portfolio. Kids Note allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Kids Note Inc.
Kids Note Inc. is a local childcare solutions provider. It allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Tapas Media, Inc.

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment a signed definitive agreement to acquire storytelling platform based in the U.S., Tapas Media, Inc. (hereafter Tapas). Tapas is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Tapas Media, Inc.
Tapas Media, Inc. is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas. Tapas Media properties, which consists of the popular Tapas mobile app and Tapas, boasts over 8 billion views to date from more than 8.6 registered users.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
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closed 2/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

Kakao Games, acquired XLGames

synopsis: Black Desert Online publisher Kakao Games has acquired a majority stake in XL Games, a video game development company based in South Korea that publishes ArcheAge, an MMORPG, and Moonlight Sculptor, a mobile MMO.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Games
Kakao Games is a multi-platform game publisher and developer headquartered in South Korea. It is a subsidiary of Kakao Corp. As a game publisher, it is known for Black Desert Online, a successful MMORPG in the global market, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a FPS hit. "
target: XLGames
XL Games is a video game development company based in South Korea that publishes ArcheAge, an MMORPG, and Moonlight Sculptor, a mobile MMO.
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$94*
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announced 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Yanadoo Co.,Ltd will be merged with Kakao Kids,

synopsis: Kakao Kids and Yanadoo, a fast-growing English conversation training company, are merging. It is a transaction that is grabbing industry attention, as it combines a company specializing in adult education with one focused on kids. Yanadoo offers an English vocabulary app that is designed to help users learn new words in 10 minutes a day.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Kids
Kakao Kids Co., Ltd. is a global mobile service company that provides the premium kids platform 'Kakao Kids'. Kakao Kids serves the Americas, Europe, and Asia worldwide, and provides educational content including world-class educational content and famous animation. "
target: Yanadoo Co.,Ltd
Yanadoo is a fast-growing English conversation training company based in Seoul. Yanadoo offers an English vocabulary app that is designed to help users learn new words in 10 minutes a day.
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closed 7/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kakao Pay, acquired Inbyu

synopsis: KakaoPay Corp., fintech unit of Korea’s largest messaging app operator Kakao Corp., has acquired online insurance service startup Inbyu to bolster its portfolio. Short for “Insurance By You,” Inbyu is an online platform for purchasing insurance, allowing subscribers to choose insurance terms depending on coverage needs.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Pay
Kakao Pay is the financial technology division of Kakao. Kakao Pay is a platform that goes beyond cashless to effortless that is completely different from traditional finance, which is difficult and cumbersome. "
target: Inbyu
Short for “Insurance By You,” Inbyu is an online platform for purchasing insurance, allowing subscribers to choose insurance terms depending on coverage needs, instead of having to buying a standardized insurance package.
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closed 3/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, acquired JOH & Company

synopsis: Mobile messenger giant Kakao has acquired the entire stake of JOH & Co., a South Korean brand consulting firm established by Kakao’s new CEO Joh Su-yong. Kakao purchased a 45.5 percent stake of JOH from its venture capital arm Kakao Investment and also acquired the remaining stake -- which includes 34.09 percent shares held by Joh.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Based in South Korea, Daum Kakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its popular platforms: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, and more. "
target: JOH & Company
Founded in 2010, JOH & Company is a small and medium-sized company engaged in brand design marketing consulting, publishing business, restaurant business, household goods development and distribution and sales business.
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announced 2/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Kakao T, will acquire Luxi Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Kakao Mobility, a South Korean company that operates the transportation service Kakao T, will acquire Luxi Co., Ltd., a mobile ride-sharing platform in South Korea that connects drivers and passengers with similar commutes. Luxi's mission is to settle traffic and environmental problems by establishing a safe and pleasant 'carpool culture'.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao T
Kakao Mobility is a Kakao subsidiary that operates the transportation service Kakao T. Kakao T is the most popular cab-hailing mobile app in South Korea. Kakao T makes it easier for users to use and pay for taxi services in South Korea. "
target: Luxi Co., Ltd.
Luxi Co., Ltd. is a mobile ride-sharing platform in South Korea that connects drivers and passengers with similar commutes. Their mission is to settle traffic and environmental problems by establishing a safe and pleasant 'carpool culture'. Luxi has over 200,000 registered cars and 780,000 members.
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announced 1/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, will acquire LOEN Entertainment

synopsis: Kakao, South Korea’s dominant mobile messaging app that merged with Internet company Daum, is pinning its international expansion hopes on music after it announced plans to buy a majority stake in Loen Entertainment, the company behind Korea’s top online music service MelOn.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is South Korea’s dominant mobile messaging app. Kakao is a South Korean internet company established in 2014. It was formed from a merger of Daum Communications and Kakao to Daum Kakao in 2014, and Daum Kakao changed its name to Kakao in 2015. "
target parent: Affinity Equity Partners
target: LOEN Entertainment (A016170:$284.66)
Loen Entertainment Co., formerly Seoul Records, is a South Korean record label. Loen Entertainment is a provider of Korea’s premier music download/streaming platform, MelOn.
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$1,557 [$1,409]*
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$304
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closed 8/13/2015 via BNC Analysis

Webzen Inc., acquired OnNet

synopsis: Webzen, a South Korean developer and publisher of video games, has bought a 86.21% stake in OnNet, a company that develops and publishes Internet-based entertainment products in South Korea and internationally.
buyer: Webzen Inc. (A069080:$64.37)
Webzen, Inc. is a South Korean developer and publisher of video games. The company, together with its subsidiaries, also engages in software licensing and related services all over the world. "
target parent: Daum Kakao
target: OnNet
OnNet Co., Ltd. develops and publishes Internet-based entertainment products in South Korea and internationally. Its products include Shot Online and Project TGO, online golf games; and more. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea.
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announced 5/29/2015 via Company Press Release

Daum Kakao, will acquire Path, Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp., a leading mobile lifestyle platform provider, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Path. The acquisition will take form in Daum Kakao carrying out an asset acquisition of Path the social network and Path Talk the messaging app. Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones.
buyer: Daum Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Daumkakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Daumkakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its portfolio of popular assets: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, Daum Mail and more. "
target: Path, Inc.
Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones. Users can also share music, movies, check-ins, trips, workouts, photos, and more. Users can share their path moments on other social media platforms.
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announced 5/27/2015 via BNC Analysis

Daum Kakao, will acquire Loc&All

synopsis: Daum Kakao said that it has decided to acquire Loc&All, a startup known for its major hit navigation app Kimgisa, which means "Driver Kim" in Korean. The app has more than 8 million subscribers, and is one of nation's two biggest mobile navigation services along with SK Telecom's T-Map.
buyer: Daum Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Daumkakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Daumkakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its portfolio of popular assets: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, Daum Mail and more. "
target: Loc&All
Loc&All is a startup known for its major hit navigation app Kimgisa, which means "Driver Kim" in Korean. Kimgisa is a location-based app for iOS and Android that acts as a sort of touch-screen sat-nav device.
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closed 1/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, acquired Kids Note Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp. has purchased Kids Note Inc., a local childcare solutions provider, in line with its efforts to expand its "online to offline" business portfolio. Kids Note allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Kids Note Inc.
Kids Note Inc. is a local childcare solutions provider. It allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
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closed 10/1/2014 via Company Press Release

Kakao, merged with Daum Communications

synopsis: Kakao Corp and Daum announced that they have merged through an equity swap. Kakao is the maker of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s top messaging service, while Daum is one of the country’s largest Internet portals. The company provides on-line advertising and transaction services.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$3,683.19)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Daum Communications (KOSDAQ:A03:$517.98)
Daum Communications Corp., an Internet media company, provides communications, online shopping, entertainment, and financial services. It operates in four divisions: Internet Media, E-commerce, Finance, and Entertainment.
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closed 3/7/2022 via BusinessWire

Calldorado, acquired Mood Messenger

synopsis: Calldorado has announced the purchase of the Mood Messenger app from French app publisher Mad Seven. Mood Messenger is a customizable alternative to default Android SMS & MMS Apps. They offer animated GIFs & emojis, typing indicators, customization features for individual contacts, group chat, encryption, location sharing, and more.
buyer: Calldorado
Based in Denmark, Calldorado is an industry leading AdTech innovator, providing a complete solution for mobile app developers and publishers to drive commercial success. Calldorado offer products and services to increase revenue, growth and engagement. "
target parent: Mad Seven
target: Mood Messenger
Mood Messenger is a customizable alternative to default Android SMS & MMS Apps. They offer animated GIFs & emojis, typing indicators, customization features for individual contacts, group chat, encryption, location sharing, and more.
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closed 10/20/2021 via BNC Analysis

Twitter, Inc., acquired Sphere Knowledge Limited

synopsis: Twitter, a global social networking platform, has acquired Sphere, a group chat app in the UK that transforms groups into vibrant communities. Sphere turns messy chats into a few simple, unmissable posts. The app encourages engagement and emphasizes polls, announcements and events in a way that makes its users more likely to respond.
buyer: Twitter, Inc. (TWTR:$5,077.48)
Twitter, Inc. is a global social networking platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. It also provides promoted products and services which enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products, and services. "
target: Sphere Knowledge Limited
Sphere is a group chat app in the UK that transforms groups into vibrant communities. Sphere turns messy chats into a few simple, unmissable posts. The app encourages engagement and emphasizes polls, announcements and events in a way that makes its users more likely to respond.
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closed 10/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

MediaLab, acquired Kik Interactive, Inc.

synopsis: Kik Messenger, an app developed by Kik Interactive, has officially been acquired by US-based holding company MediaLab. Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging.
buyer: MediaLab
MediaLab is a Santa Monica-based holding company that was founded in 2018. It holds a number of internet brands including the Whisper, an online platform where people share thoughts and feelings anonymously, and DatPiff, a launchpad for hip hop artists. "
target: Kik Interactive, Inc.
Kik Interactive, Inc. develops Kik Messenger, an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging. Kik Messenger lets users stay in touch with all of their friends, no matter what device is being used.
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closed 11/29/2017 via BNC Analysis

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., acquired Fluenty Inc.

synopsis: Samsung Electronics has acquired South Korean startup Fluenty, which specialises in conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Fluenty, which was founded by former search giant Naver and Daum developers, has an app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology.
buyer: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KOSE:A005930:$233,441.67)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. "
target: Fluenty Inc.
Fluenty is app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology. It was launched in the US in 2015 and South Korea in 2016. The service supports chat apps such as KakaoTalk, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and Line.
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announced 9/22/2017 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, will acquire Archynet s.r.l.

synopsis: LINK Mobility Group ASA, one of Europe’s leading and fastest growing providers of B2C mobile messaging and mobile services, has entered into a term sheet regarding the acquisition of Italian mobile messaging and marketing company Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect).
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$424.51)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
target: Archynet s.r.l.
Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect) is an Italian mobile messaging company. Totalconnect was established in 1998, and is located in Turin in Italy. Totalconnect has a strong position in the Italian market with direct interconnect with the Italian mobile operators.
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$2.97
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$1
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closed 3/24/2017 via GlobeNewswire

Mara Social Media, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: Mara Social Media, an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets, announced that it has acquired global platform Nimbuzz. Nimbuzz is a cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets.
buyer parent: Mara Group
buyer: Mara Social Media
Mara Social Media is an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz, initially released in May 2008 is a powerful cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. Nimbuzz offers its users the ability to make voice and video calls, enable chat and file sharing worldwide.
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announced 11/28/2016 via New York Times

CNN Worldwide, will acquire Beme

synopsis: CNN has agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by YouTuber Vlogger Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Beme
Beme was intended to be a social sharing application that Co-Founder and Youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, described as “more authentic,” a way of putting four-second bursts of video out into the social sphere without giving users the ability to edit or tweak the content.
price ($mm)
$25
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/8/2016 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, purchased Mobile Messaging Business from Globalmouth AB

synopsis: LINK Mobility, the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market, has acquired Globalmouth AB’s mobile messaging business, Globalmouth Marketing AB. This further strengthens its position as the leading provider of B2C mobile messaging and mobile solutions in the Scandinavian and Baltic markets.
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$424.51)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
seller: Globalmouth AB
Globalmouth Marketing AB is Globalmouth AB's mobile messaging business. Globalmouth is a mobile specialist that helps companies and organizations to enhance their business with mobile solutions, such as responsive- or mobile websites and web or native apps.
price ($mm)
$0.30
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/16/2016 via Company Press Release

Microsoft Corporation, acquired Wand Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Microsoft has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. This acquisition accelerates Microsofts vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform.
buyer: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT:$184,903.00)
Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. "
target: Wand Labs, Inc.
Wand Labs looks to tear down app walls, integrate services in chat and make them work together so their clients can do more with less taps. Access news and social media and make plans all within Wand.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/12/2016 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc. merged with CLX Communications,

synopsis: CLX Communications announced that it has acquired Mblox Inc. Mblox is one of the largest application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging providers globally processing more than 7 billion messages in 2015.
buyer: CLX Communications (OM:CLX:$369.54)
CLX Communications is a leading provider of cloud-based communications services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators. Mobile communications services from CLX make it possible for enterprises to communicate globally with people and connected devices. "
target: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service.
price ($mm)
$117
rev ($mm)
$140
EBITDA ($mm)
$7
EV / rev
0.8x
EV / EBITDA
17.0x
announced 2/10/2016 via BNC Analysis

Lycos Internet Limited, will acquire MySMS

synopsis: Lycos, the global Internet brand, announced its intent to acquire an Austrian company, TriTelA Gmbh, which owns the asset – mysms™ messenger, a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms.
buyer: Lycos Internet Limited (:$438.60)
Lycos Internet Limited has evolved from one of the first search engines on the web into a digital media powerhouse with three major divisions: LYCOS Media, LYCOS Advertising, and LYCOS Life (consumer products division). The company employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide. "
target: MySMS
MySMS is a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms – all through a single cloud-based account. It already has three million users and synchronizes several hundred millions of messages.
price ($mm)
$11
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/20/2016 via PR Newswire

Spotify Ltd, acquired Cord Project Inc.

synopsis: Cord Project will be joining Spotify, a music platform. Cord Project designs and builds products exploring audio on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Their flagship product, Cord, is an incredibly simple, one tap voice messaging platform built for phones, tablets, and watches on iOS and Android.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$10,182.00)
Spotify brings the right music for every moment – on computers, mobiles, tablets, home entertainment systems, cars, gaming consoles and more. Create and listen to playlists for free or subscribe to Premium for on-demand access at the highest audio quality – with zero ads. "
target: Cord Project Inc.
Cord Project is a small team of designers and engineers exploring audio communication on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Cord lets users send short voice messages to one person, a small group, or the world. It’s a simple, fast and fun way to talk on the phone again.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/26/2015 via BNC Analysis

Lyft, acquired Leo

synopsis: Lyft, a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles, has acquired the team behind Leo, a disappearing messaging app for one-on-one or group conversations.
buyer: Lyft (:$3,615.96)
Lyft is a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles. Lyft was started with the mission of building a p2p transportation solution that makes cities safer, more affordable and better connected. "
target: Leo
Leo is the fastest and easiest way to share moments of life with family and friends. Connect with people through short-lived photos, videos and texts, captured in the moment. Messages disappear a few seconds after viewing them.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 1/22/2015 via BusinessWire

SignalShare LLC, acquired Chorus.im

synopsis: SignalShare has acquired Mountain View-based Incubite Inc., developer of the cross-platform messaging app, Chorus.im. The acquisition, which provides SignalShare with the engineering talent and HTML-based messaging IP to advance its Live-Fi nGage product suite, will help to accelerate browser-based fan engagement at live events.
buyer parent: SignalPoint Communications, Inc.
buyer: SignalShare LLC
SignalShare specializes in mobile engagement for mass audiences. The company optimizes wireless networks and empowers data-driven digital marketing initiatives to help organizers of large-scale live events connect with fans and guests in entirely new ways. "
target: Chorus.im
Chorus.im, developed by Incubite, Inc., is the only personal messenger application that allows users to start browser-based text chats with ANY person or group. This is unlike other messaging apps which only let users text other existing members.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/28/2014 via BNC Analysis

New Call Telecom Ltd, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider, has acquired a 70% stake in India-headquartered Nimbuzz, a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
buyer: New Call Telecom Ltd
New Call Telecom is a young, dynamic telecommunications provider. They create affordable connectivity for all by providing straightforward, great value fixed-lines, broadband and phone calls to their customers through their five brilliant brands. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz is a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
price ($mm)
$175*
rev ($mm)
$30
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
8.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2014 via BNC Analysis

Yahoo! Inc., acquired MessageMe

synopsis: Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. Co-founders Arjun Sethi and Justin Rosenthal had extensive experience in social gaming prior to founding MessageMe.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. "
target: MessageMe
MessageMe is a mobile messenger application enabling users to personalize their messages and connect with others.
price ($mm)
$35
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/25/2014 via Company Press Release

HootSuite Media, Inc., acquired Zeetl Inc.

synopsis: Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform, has acquired Zeetl, a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
buyer: HootSuite Media, Inc.
HootSuite Media is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Users can launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages. "
target: Zeetl Inc.
Zeetl is a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/19/2014 via Market Wire

Kirusa, acquired Saya Mobile

synopsis: Kirusa, the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets, announced that it has acquired Saya Mobile, a Ghana based provider of instant messaging apps geared specifically for African consumers.
buyer: Kirusa
Kirusa is the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps that enable mobile subscribers to "Have a Voice!" and share their stories with their family and friends across the globe. Kirusa's solutions include the hugely successful InstaVoice service, used monthly by over 80 million users. "
target: Saya Mobile
Saya is a mobile messaging company with services that cater to high-growth mobile markets worldwide. Its application has brought cheap mobile messaging to people who do not have smartphones in emerging economies.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Emu

synopsis: Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu was founded in 2012 by Gummi Hafsteinsson, formerly vice president of product for Apple’s Siri and a senior product manager at Google, and Dave Feldman, a veteran of AOL, Yahoo and TechCrunch.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$257,637.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Emu
Emu is a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu uses artificial intelligence to understand messages, then adds relevant information to help users schedule a lunch, reserve a table, buy movie tickets, or share their location in real time.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 7/14/2014 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc., acquired CardBoardFish

synopsis: Mblox, the largest, independent application-to-person SMS provider in the world, has acquired CardBoardFish, a company that has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
buyer: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service. "
target: CardBoardFish
CardBoardFish has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
price ($mm)
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