Like Cord Project Inc.

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:$7,317.18)
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.
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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:$216,088.25)
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:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
target: Archynet s.r.l.
Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect) is an Italian mobile messaging company. Totalconnect was established in 1998, and is located in Turin in Italy. Totalconnect has a strong position in the Italian market with direct interconnect with the Italian mobile operators.
price ($mm)
$2.97
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EBITDA ($mm)
$1
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EV / EBITDA
5.5x
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
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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:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
seller: Globalmouth AB
Globalmouth Marketing AB is Globalmouth AB's mobile messaging business. Globalmouth is a mobile specialist that helps companies and organizations to enhance their business with mobile solutions, such as responsive- or mobile websites and web or native apps.
price ($mm)
$0.30
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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:$138,699.00)
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.
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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 (BSE:532368:$325.42)
Lycos Internet Limited has evolved from one of the first search engines on the web into a digital media powerhouse with three major divisions: LYCOS Media, LYCOS Advertising, and LYCOS Life (consumer products division). The company employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide. "
target: MySMS
MySMS is a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms – all through a single cloud-based account. It already has three million users and synchronizes several hundred millions of messages.
price ($mm)
$11
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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.
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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.
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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
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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. (AABA:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. "
target: MessageMe
MessageMe is a mobile messenger application enabling users to personalize their messages and connect with others.
price ($mm)
$35
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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.
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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.
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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:$161,857.00)
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.
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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.
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closed 6/20/2014 via BNC Analysis

Path, Inc., acquired TalkTo, Inc.

synopsis: Path announced their acquisition of TalkTo a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
buyer: 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. "
target: TalkTo, Inc.
TalkTo is a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
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closed 5/14/2014 via Reuters

Yahoo! Inc., acquired Meh Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Yahoo Inc has purchased Blink (Meh Labs, Inc), a mobile messaging startup that lets users send messages that self-destruct and control who sees their messages and for how long. Blink helps users send text messages, audio, sketches, video and photos.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (AABA:$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: Meh Labs, Inc.
Meh Labs, Inc. develops mobile applications software. The company offers Kismet and Blink social networking applications. The company was founded in 2011 and based in Palo Alto, California.
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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:$7,317.18)
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.
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announced 2/13/2020 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, will acquire The Ringer

synopsis: Spotify is to acquire The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded in 2016. The flagship podcast, the Bill Simmons Podcast, is an interview show hosted by Simmons, featuring other Ringer writers and podcast hosts as well as athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: The Ringer
The Ringer is a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded in 2016. The flagship podcast, the Bill Simmons Podcast, is an interview show hosted by Simmons, featuring other Ringer writers and podcast hosts as well as athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures.
price ($mm)
$200
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closed 9/12/2019 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, acquired SoundBetter

synopsis: Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, announced that it has acquired SoundBetter, a leading global audio production and collaboration marketplace helping creators worldwide connect and hire top audio professionals.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: SoundBetter
SoundBetter is a leading global audio production and collaboration marketplace helping creators worldwide connect and hire top audio professionals. Since its founding in 2012, SoundBetter has helped tens of thousands of music professionals buy and offer services across the globe.
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announced 3/26/2019 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, will acquire Parcast

synopsis: Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Parcast, the premier storytelling podcast studio focused on creating scripted, story-driven programming that is engaging, informative, and entertaining.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: Parcast
Parcast is the premier storytelling podcast studio focused on creating scripted, story-driven programming that is engaging, informative, and entertaining. Parcast creates, develops and produces its shows in-house by a team of writers, researchers and hosts.
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announced 2/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, will acquire Anchor FM Inc.

synopsis: Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Embrace Presents, a leading Canadian venue operator and promoter of concerts, festivals, and events in the Toronto area.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: Anchor FM Inc.
Anchor is the company democratizing audio by enabling anyone to easily create, distribute, and monetize a podcast. Their platform is built in pursuit of the mission to empower creators to have their voices heard and expand on audio as a creative medium.
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announced 2/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, will acquire Gimlet Media

synopsis: Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service, announced that it is to acquire Gimlet Media, the award-winning narrative podcasting company that aims to help listeners better understand the world and each other. Gimlet was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: Gimlet Media
Gimlet Media is the award-winning narrative podcasting company that aims to help listeners better understand the world and each other. Gimlet was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.
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closed 4/12/2018 via Company Press Release

Spotify Ltd, acquired Loudr

synopsis: Spotify, a commercial music streaming service, has acquired Loudr, a provider of products that make it easy for content creators, aggregators and digital music services to identify, track and pay music publishers. Loudr is powered by technology that parses song ownership information and matches sound recordings to composition rights holders.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: Loudr
Loudr builds products and services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators and digital music services to identify, track and pay music publishers. Loudr is powered by technology that parses song ownership information and matches sound recordings to composition rights holders.
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closed 11/17/2017 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Soundtrap AB

synopsis: Spotify has acquired Soundtrap, a cloud-based digital audio workstation. Soundtrap, which launched in 2015 after a few years of beta testing, offers users an online music studio and the ability to collaborate with others in real time.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Soundtrap AB
Soundtrap democratizes and empowers high-quality collaborative music-making for the many people. Soundtrap Studio was launched as the world's first web-based, cross-platform, collaborative music recording studio.
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closed 5/18/2017 via Forbes

Spotify Ltd, acquired Niland SAS

synopsis: Streaming music powerhouse Spotify has announced yet another acquisition, this time in the machine-learning field. The company revealed on its blog that it has acquired French startup Niland, which describes itself as “a music technology company that provides music search & discovery engines based on deep learning & machine listening algorithms.”
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Niland SAS
Niland is a music technology company that provides music search & discovery engines based on deep learning & machine listening algorithms. Their music analysis technology is made accessible by an API, empowering catalog owners and music providers to build a new generation of intelligent music apps.
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Mediachain Labs

synopsis: Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service. The startup developed a decentralized, peer-to-peer database to connect applications with media and the information about it.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Mediachain Labs
Mediachain Labs developed several technologies that could aid in connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on music streaming services. These tehcnologies include a decentralized, peer-to-peer database to connect applications with media and the information about it.
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closed 3/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired MightyTV, Inc

synopsis: Spotify, a music, podcast, and video streaming service, has acquired content recommendation service MightyTV, a startup that is focused on video recommendations, with an app that uses a Tinder-style swipe interface to help guide customers to TV and film choices compatible with their own tastes.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: MightyTV, Inc
MightyTV is a startup that is focused on video recommendations, with an app that uses a Tinder-style swipe interface to help guide customers to TV and film choices compatible with their own tastes.
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closed 3/7/2017 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Sonalytic Ltd.

synopsis: Streaming music service Spotify announced it has acquired a company called Sonalytic, makers of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips, as well as track copyright-protected material, and aid in music discovery.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Sonalytic Ltd.
Sonalytic is the maker of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips, as well as track copyright-protected material, and aid in music discovery. Sonalytic is not a consumer-facing business.
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closed 11/2/2016 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Preact

synopsis: Spotify, the music streaming service with 40 million paying subscribers, has acquired a company called Preact, a cloud-based platform and service developed for companies that operate on subscription models (like Spotify) to reduce churn and build up their subscriber numbers.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Preact
Preact is a cloud-based, customer success system that helps subscription businesses maximize customer lifetime value by reducing churn and driving upgrades. Preact generates health & activity metrics for each user and account by analyzing detailed individual session-level usage and other signals.
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closed 4/27/2016 via Wall Street Journal

Spotify Ltd, acquired CrowdAlbum, Inc.

synopsis: Music-streaming service Spotify AB said it has acquired CrowdAlbum, a U.S. startup that aggregates photos and videos from artists’ performances shared on social media.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: CrowdAlbum, Inc.
CrowdAlbum is a U.S. startup that aggregates photos and videos from artists’ performances shared on social media. CrowdAlbum partners with artists such as Lil Wayne, Diplo and Fall Out Boy.
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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:$7,317.18)
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.
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closed 1/20/2016 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Soundwave

synopsis: Spotify, a digital music service, has acquired Soundwave, a mobile music-discovery startup founded in 2012. Soundwave tracks what songs people are listening to on their smartphones and where in real time.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
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: Soundwave
Soundwave is a mobile music-discovery startup founded in 2012. Soundwave tracks what songs people are listening to on their smartphones and where in real time.
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announced 3/6/2014 via Company Press Release

Spotify Ltd, will acquire The Echo Nest

synopsis: Spotify, a digital music service, announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music fans.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify Limited provides a digital music service that gives on-demand access to songs on phones, computers, tablets, and more. It allows users to discover, manage, and share music with friends; and browse through various music collections as well as create a radio station. "
target: The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest is the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music fans. Their customer base reaches over 100 million music fans every month through more than 400 apps and sites powered by The Echo Nest.
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closed 5/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Tunigo

synopsis: Spotify has acquired Tunigo. Tunigo curates playlists and suggests them to users based on genre, theme and mood. The acquisition fits into Spotify's overall strategy around music discovery by helping its users make sense of over 20 million tracks.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify Limited provides a digital music service that gives on-demand access to songs on phones, computers, tablets, and more. It allows users to discover, manage, and share music with friends; and browse through various music collections as well as create a radio station. "
target: Tunigo
Tunigo offers the easiest and most fun way to find, create, and share new music and playlists. It curates playlists and suggests them to users based on genre, theme and mood.
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closed 2/7/2020 via BusinessWire

Loop Media, Inc. merged with Interlink Plus, Inc.,

synopsis: Interlink Plus, Inc., a professional Trade Show Services provider, has completed its merger with Loop Media, Inc., an innovative premium streaming media company based in Burbank, CA that builds products and solutions for both businesses and consumers.
buyer: Interlink Plus, Inc. (OTCPK:ITRK:$0.04)
InterLink Plus is a professional Trade Show Services provider in Las Vegas offering a wide array of affordable trade show services including staffing, marketing, booth design and set up. "
target: Loop Media, Inc.
Loop Media, Inc., is an innovative premium streaming media company building products and solutions for both businesses and consumers. Loop Media is based in Burbank, CA.
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announced 1/24/2019 via BusinessWire

Akazoo will be merged with Modern Media Acquisition Corp.,

synopsis: Modern Media Acquisition Corp. (MMDM), a special purpose acquisition company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Akazoo Ltd, a global digital music streaming platform based in the United Kingdom.
buyer: Modern Media Acquisition Corp.
Modern Media Acquisition Corp. (MMDM) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, acquisition or similar business combination sponsored by Modern Media, LLC. "
target: Akazoo
Founded in 2010, Akazoo is a UK-based, global, on-demand music streaming subscription company with a focus on emerging markets. Akazoo’s Premium service provides subscribers with unlimited online and offline streaming access to a catalog of over 45 million songs on a commercial-free basis.
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announced 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

MTN Group, will acquire Simfy

synopsis: MTN Group, a telecommunications group based in South Africa, is to acquire Simfy Africa (Pty) Ltd, a music-streaming business also based in South Africa. With over 36 million tracks to choose from, people can experience a different song every day.
buyer: MTN Group (JSE:MTN:$9,278.65)
MTN Group Limited entered the telecommunications scene at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy, in 1994. They offer an integrated suite of communications products and services, including traditional mobile voice and data, digital and mobile financial services as well as enterprise services. "
target: Simfy
Simfy Africa (Pty) Ltd is a music-streaming business. The company is based in South Africa. With over 36 million tracks to choose from, people can experience a different song every day.
price ($mm)
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announced 9/24/2018 via BNC Analysis

Sirius XM Holdings Inc., will acquire Pandora Media, Inc.

synopsis: SiriusXM, one of the world's largest audio entertainment companies, is to acquire Pandora, the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. They are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it.
buyer parent: Liberty Media Corporation
buyer: Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI:$5,590.90)
SiriusXM is one of the world's largest audio entertainment companies and is among the largest subscription media companies in the United States, offering an array of exclusive content to satisfy many interests. "
target: Pandora Media, Inc. (P:$1,478.00)
Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. They are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it.
price ($mm)[EV]
$2,978 [$2,807]
rev ($mm)
$1,478
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/4/2018 via BNC Analysis

Saavn, LLC merged with JioMusic,

synopsis: Reliance Industries has acquired an 81.7 percent stake in New York-based music streaming services provider Saavn, which has merged with Reliance's JioMusic service. Saavn is one of South Asia's leading digital music streaming services, with 36 million tracks in 15 languages.
buyer parent: Reliance Industries Limited
buyer: JioMusic
JioMusic provides truly unlimited ad-free access to HD music with over 16 million songs in over 20 languages. The JioMusic app lets users listen and download their favorite HD Songs without any additional charges, anytime, anywhere. "
target: Saavn, LLC
Founded in 2007, Saavn is one of South Asia's leading digital music streaming services, transforming how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis. Saavn is currently accessed across the globe and offers 36 million tracks in 15 languages.
price ($mm)
$104*
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Warner Music Group, acquired X5 Music Group

synopsis: Warner Music Group has acquired X5 Music Group (X5). X5 specializes in licensing deep catalog and specific genres of music to create playlists, streaming and download products. X5 will continue to operate as a standalone company under its existing management.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target: X5 Music Group
X5 Music Group is a global Music company based in Stockholm, Sweden and in New York, specialized in the digital download market. X5 license digital rights from select media partners for sales and marketing of music.
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closed 3/17/2016 via BNC Analysis

KickStarter LLC, acquired Drip.com, Inc.

synopsis: Kickstarter, which aims to let creative people of all kinds raise money for their projects by connecting directly with fans, has acquired Drip, a service that lets music artists engage with fans with new work and previews while drawing revenue from the platform. The company is based in Brooklyn, NY.
buyer: KickStarter LLC
Kickstarter aims to let creative people of all kinds — journalists, artists, musicians, game developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers — raise money for their projects by connecting directly with fans, who receive exclusive access and rewards in exchange for their patronage. "
target: Drip.com, Inc.
Drip is a service that lets music artists engage with fans with new work and previews while drawing revenue from the platform. The company is based in Brooklyn, NY.
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closed 5/13/2015 via BNC Analysis

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, acquired Putpat TV

synopsis: German commercial TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired interactive music TV service Putpat TV. Putpat TV enables viewers to create a music video stream customised to their personal taste via web, smart TV, tablets and smartphones.
buyer: ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (XTRA:PSM:$4,682.90)
The ProSiebenSat.1 Group is one of the largest independent media corporations in Europe. They are also Germany's leading video marketer on the internet. They operate maxdome, the biggest German video-on-demand portal, and provide their customers with the multi channel network Studio71. "
target: Putpat TV
Putpat TV is an interactive music TV service. The internet service enables viewers to create a music video stream customised to their personal taste via web, smart TV, tablets and smartphones. The ad-supported, free-of-charge offering currently has more than 3.5 million registered users.
price ($mm)
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announced 12/24/2014 via BNC Analysis

LINE Corporation, will acquire MixRadio

synopsis: LINE Corp, the Japanese company behind the messaging app of the same name, announced it is acquiring Microsoft’s MixRadio, a free music streaming service that allows users to create a personal radio station.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target parent: Microsoft Corporation
target: MixRadio
MixRadio is an on-demand music streaming subscription service. MixRadio allows free streaming of playlists without any subscriptions or ads available in 31 countries, including the US, Brazil, India and China. It has a catalogue of over 30 million songs.
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closed 7/1/2014 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Songza

synopsis: Google has acquired music streaming service Songza. The company offers playlists for activities such as waking up, working out, commuting, concentrating, unwinding, entertaining, and sleeping. Users can vote songs up or down, and the service will adapt to the user's personal music preferences.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$161,857.00)
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 parent: Amazon.com, Inc.
target: Songza
Songza is a free music streaming and recommendation service. Stating that its playlists are made by music experts, the service recommends various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity.
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closed 12/12/2012 via BNC Analysis

Dropbox, Inc., acquired AudioGalaxy

synopsis: Online file sync and storage service Dropbox has acquired Audiogalaxy, a peer-to-peer file sharing utility turned online music streaming service.
buyer: Dropbox, Inc. (DBX:$1,321.30)
Dropbox is a free service that lets users bring photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer. "
target: AudioGalaxy
AudioGalaxy is Seattle-based music startup company. It provides personal music streaming.
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closed 8/16/2012 via BNC Analysis

Stingray Digital Media Group, acquired The Karaoke Channel

synopsis: Stingray Digital is to purchase The Karaoke Channel, a television and video-on-demand service company, from Israeli Ananey Communications.
buyer: Stingray Digital Media Group (TSX:RAY.A:$222.24)
Stingray Digital is a leading provider of cutting-edge applications delivering high quality music and video content on multiple platforms including Digital TV, IPTV, Internet, Mobile and Game Consoles. "
target parent: Ananey Communications
target: The Karaoke Channel
The KARAOKE Channel offers karaoke online, for download, on mobile, on video on demand, and on smart TVs. The KARAOKE Channel is proud to deliver more than 18 000 professional quality karaoke songs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Italian.
price ($mm)
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closed 11/9/2011 via BusinessWire

Aspiro Music AB, acquired WiMP Music AS

synopsis: Aspiro has completed its acquisition of WiMP Music AS. WiMP Music, based in Oslo, Norway, offers online music streaming services through mobile and computers. Aspiro is the world’s only provider of complete TV and music streaming services for partners that want to put their own branding on the service.
buyer: Aspiro Music AB (OM:ASP:$36.01)
Aspiro has unique positioning as the world’s only vendor of complete hosted TV and music streaming services to partners that want to put their own branding on these services. Aspiro has over ten years’ experience in mobile technology and retail in northern Europe. "
target parent: Platekompaniet AS
target: WiMP Music AS
WiMP Music AS offers online music streaming services through mobile and computers. WiMP Music AS was formerly known as Kompanjong AS. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Oslo, Norway.
price ($mm)
$2.45*
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/29/2010 via Company Press Release

The Orchard Enterprises Inc merged with Dimensional Associates, LLC,

synopsis: The Orchard, a global leader in music and video distribution and comprehensive digital strategy, announced the completion of its acquisition byDimensional Associates, LLC, the New York-based private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc. and the majority owner of The Orchard.
buyer parent: JDS Capital Management, Inc.
buyer: Dimensional Associates, LLC
Dimensional Associates LLC is a private equity firm. It seeks to invest in digital media with a focus on online music distribution. It operates as a subsidiary of JDS Capital Management, Inc. The firm is based in Rye, New York. "
target: The Orchard Enterprises Inc (:$62.27)
The Orchard is an independent music and video distributor specializing in comprehensive digital strategies for content owners. Through innovative global marketing and promotions, The Orchard drives sales across more than 660 digital and mobile storefronts in 75 countries.
price ($mm)[EV]
$7.55 [$3.07]*
rev ($mm)
$62
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/9/2008 via BusinessWire

Blue Wireless & Data, Inc., acquired Rev Media, Inc.

synopsis: Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. has acquired Rev Media, Inc., a company formed to create www.revlounge.com. The website will offer consumers the ability to enjoy concerts real-time via the Internet from popular live music venues.
buyer: Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. (BWDT:$0.00)
Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. offers complete turn-key solutions in the field of Information Technology. The Company provides overall assessment of all Internet and information technology needs, Internet access services, and customization of technology to suit the needs of individual businesses. "
target: Rev Media, Inc.
Rev Media, Inc. combines marketing, technology and entertainment to increase viewing opportunities for customers and revenue opportunities for entertainment complexes. www.revlounge.com offer consumers the ability to enjoy concerts real-time via the Internet from popular live music venues.
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closed 3/21/2005 via PR Newswire

Media International Concepts, Inc., acquired RockWindow Television Network, Inc.

synopsis: Media International Concepts, Inc. announced the Company has closed its acquisition of RockWindow Television Network, Inc., an Internet based Classic Rock service founded in October 1999. This acquisition is for 964,448 shares of restricted common stock in MEIC, a one-for-one exchange with the existing RockWindow shareholders.
buyer: Media International Concepts, Inc.
Media International Concepts, Inc., a Nevada Corporation, was formed for the purpose of aggressively pursuing the acquisition of advertising, entertainment and educational programming and production companies to create synergies and exploit traditional and emerging distribution channels. "
target: RockWindow Television Network, Inc.
A subscription service distributed via local ISP affiliates, RockWindow is one of the first traditional media businesses to webcast music, video and news. RockWindow is a network dedicated to the lucrative Classic Rock and emerging Neo-Classic Rock music marketplace that appeals to both children an
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closed 3/1/2019 via Company Press Release

Mail.Ru LLC, acquired United Media Agency

synopsis: Mail.Ru Group, which owns Russia’s largest social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassiki, has completed the acquisition of United Media Agency, an aggregator and distributor of digital content. UMA is, in particular, the owner of music rights in Vkontakte and of BOOM, a top music app.
buyer: Mail.Ru LLC (LSE:MAIL:$1,350.66)
Mail.Ru Group develops Internet communications and entertainment services in Russia and globally. The company operates Russian language social networks Vkontakte (VK), Odnoklassniki (OK) and Moi Mir (My World), instant messenger services in Russia — Agent Mail.Ru and ICQ and more. "
target: United Media Agency
United Media Agency is an aggregator and distributor of content in the Internet and mobile environment, and a developer of Internet solutions. They are, in particular, the owner of music rights in Vkontakte and of BOOM, a top music app.
price ($mm)
$97*
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 11/10/2017 via PR Newswire

musical.ly will be merged with Toutiao,

synopsis: Bytedance, creator of Toutiao, and Musical.ly have signed an agreement for Musical.ly to merge with Bytedance. musical.ly is a social media platform for creating and sharing short videos. People around the world use musical.ly as an outlet for creative expression and communication with friends.
buyer: Toutiao
Bytedance offers platforms that enable people to consume and create content through machine learning technology. Bytedance's flagship product, Toutiao, is the largest AI-powered content platform in China. Toutiao delivers personalized content recommendations to every user based on their interests. "
target: musical.ly
musical.ly is a social media platform for creating and sharing short videos. People around the world use musical.ly as an outlet for creative expression and communication with friends. musical.ly is a platform that connects individuals to a vibrant and highly-engaged community of content creators.
price ($mm)
$800
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/8/2015 via BNC Analysis

Sounday, acquired Soundtracker

synopsis: Cagliari, Italy-based digital music startup Sounday acquired Soundtracker, a U.S.based developer of mobile application for music streaming based on geo-social networking. Soundtracker currently has partnerships with Google, Amazon, Ford and Toyota, and 1.3 million registered users, of which 60% are located in the United States and England.
buyer: Sounday
Sounday S.r.l. operates as a music community that provides online access to music artists to produce, distribute, and promote their music. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Turin, Italy. "
target: Soundtracker
Soundtracker is a geosocial networking mobile music streaming app that enables users to listen to and track the music their friends and neighbors listen to in real time.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
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closed 1/8/2015 via BNC Analysis

Deezer, acquired Muve Music

synopsis: Deezer, the music streaming service, has acquired the assets of Muve Music from Cricket, the wireless carrier acquired by AT&T in 2014, and it will now partner with AT&T to sell Deezer music services to Cricket subscribers. Muve Music is a media platform that delivers a premium digital music experience on mobile phones for a monthly subscription.
buyer: Deezer
Deezer is the first truly worldwide digital music streaming service in over 180 countries, with 16 million monthly active users and 5 million paid subscribers worldwide. Deezer is at the forefront of a music revolution, allowing fans instant access to the largest music catalogue in the world. "
target parent: AT&T
target: Muve Music
Muve Music is a media platform that delivers a premium digital music experience to the masses through the carrier. Muve's solutions helps wireless carriers design, build and operate content services that meet strategic objectives while creating significant value for music consumers and artists.
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Spotify Ltd
Spotify Ltd
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$7,317.18
EBITDA ($mm)
($17.31)
EBIT ($mm)
($58.42)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
4405
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Ticker: TSX:RAY.A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stingray Digital Media Group
Stingray Digital Media Group
Stingray is a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale, reaching an estimated 135 million Pay-TV subscribers (or households) in 127 countries.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$222.24
EBITDA ($mm)
$72.62
EBIT ($mm)
$48.55
Net Income ($mm)
$18.86
Employees
1200
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Ticker: IWDM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Radioio, Inc.
Radioio, Inc.
Radioio, Inc. provides an internet radio platform that delivers streamed music anytime and anywhere on connected devices. RadioIO's full-service background music and messaging ecosystem supports large franchise businesses and other vertical markets.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$1.64
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.87)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.95)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Ticker: OTCPK:VNUE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VNUE, Inc.
VNUE, Inc., is a music technology company dedicated to further monetizing the live music experience for artists, labels, writers, publishers, and stakeholders by leveraging automation technology in the instant live space. VNUE has a trifecta of solutions that will revolutionize the music business.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$0.04
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.09)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
2
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Ticker: OTCPK:LIVX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LivexLive Media
LivexLive Media
LiveXLive Media, Inc. is a consolidated group of media and tech assets, including the LiveXLive platform, which is one of the world's only premium internet streaming networks devoted to live music and music-related video content.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$37.96
EBITDA ($mm)
($27.46)
EBIT ($mm)
($35.70)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
76
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Ticker: AIM:BOOM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Audioboom
Audioboom
AudioBoom is the leading podcasting and on-demand audio platform for hosting, distributing and monetizing content. With offices in London, Melbourne, Mumbai and New York City, they host thousands of podcasts with top tier audio content producers from around the world.
year
2016
rev ($mm)
$0.59
EBITDA ($mm)
($8.39)
EBIT ($mm)
($8.42)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
38
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Ticker: MSTO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Masterbeat Corporation
Masterbeat Corporation
Masterbeat Corporation, a privately-held digital music company, was formed in 2007 to launch the www.masterbeat.com website, making dance music, remixes and electronica more readily available to consumers on the internet.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$1.10
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.55)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.63)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: US:UBCI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ubroadcast, Inc.
ubroadcast, Inc.
UBCI's ubroadcast.com allows users to produce and broadcast LIVE and On Demand television and radio in high quality. By blending this user-generated content and UBCI's programming in a single application, UBCI bridges the gap between Internet video and traditional network radio and television.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$0.45
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.34)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.53)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
10
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Ticker: SEHK:800
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A8 New Media Group Limited
A8 New Media Group Limited
A8 New Media Group Limited is a Chinese company devoted to building the music-based entertainment industry chain based on mobile internet and the prime game publishing platform. The aim of the Group was to build the biggest entertainment platform for young people.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$17.58
EBITDA ($mm)
$5.17
EBIT ($mm)
$3.23
Net Income ($mm)
$2.81
Employees
146
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Ticker: VODOF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VODone LIMITED
VODone LIMITED
VODONE owns a complete set of licenses to operate video broadcasting on the Internet. VODONE owns the powerful broadcasting platform, and it has broadcast thousands of domestic and international political, economical, cultural and commercial activities over the Internet.
year
2008
rev ($mm)
$7.53
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: MDVX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Modavox, Inc.
Modavox, Inc. a pioneer in Internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offers innovative, effective and comprehensive online tools for reaching targeted niche communities worldwide. Modavox delivers content straight to desktops and Internet-enabled devices.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$2.66
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.25)
EBIT ($mm)
($4.12)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
45
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Ticker: RTGV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RTG Ventures, Inc.
RTG Ventures, Inc.
RTG Ventures offers Music & Entertainment Technology Solutions and Digital Marketing Services. Harnessing the strength of its digital marketing agency, the company has applied its knowledge process in developing cutting edge technology platforms for web, mobile and tablet devices.
year
2010
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
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Ticker: NYSE:TSQ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Townsquare Media Group
Townsquare Media Group
Townsquare is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$507.43
EBITDA ($mm)
$96.45
EBIT ($mm)
$70.76
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
2900
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Ticker: NFLX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetFlix
NetFlix
Netflix is the world's leading Internet entertainment platform with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime and anywhere.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$16,614.48
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,705.41
EBIT ($mm)
$1,617.73
Net Income ($mm)
$1,265.17
Employees
7100
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Ticker: BIDU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baidu.com, Inc.
Baidu.com, Inc.
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they're looking for.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$13,248.76
EBITDA ($mm)
$4,513.28
EBIT ($mm)
$2,722.54
Net Income ($mm)
$3,463.10
Employees
39343
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