Acquired - Tech Acquisitions & IPOs

by Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal

Acquired - Tech Acquisitions & IPOs
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 56
  • Last: 20 Feb 2018
Acquired goes behind the scenes of the best (and worst) acquisitions and IPOs of all time. We grade the deals, from the Instagram A+'s to the AOL Time Warner debacles. With the founders & CEOs as special guests.

Episodes (56)

  • Season 2, Episode 3: Nest
    Season 2, Episode 3: Nest
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    Published: 20 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:32:42
    Acquired brings it all back home—to the smart home that is—with Google’s 2014 acquisition of Nest for $3.2B. From Nest cofounder Tony Fadell’s first job at General Magic (alongside future Android founder Andy Rubin) to his days as “father o... Read more →
    Acquired brings it all back home—to the smart home that is—with Google’s 2014 acquisition of Nest for $3.2B. From Nest cofounder Tony Fadell’s first job at General Magic (alongside future Android founder Andy Rubin) to his days as “father o... Read more →

  • Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt
    Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt
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    Published: 7 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:14:19
    We launch mini-series on Acquired with a subject near & dear to our heroes’ hearts: startup fundraising! This has been one of our most-requested new topics, and we’re excited to kick things off with makers of the popular Rec Room social VR ... Read more →
    We launch mini-series on Acquired with a subject near & dear to our heroes’ hearts: startup fundraising! This has been one of our most-requested new topics, and we’re excited to kick things off with makers of the popular Rec Room social VR ... Read more →

  • Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)
    Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)
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    Published: 23 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:12:38
    Former Zappos Chairman & COO (and current Partner at Sequoia Capital) Alfred Lin joins our heroes to kick off Season 2 with a classic: Amazon’s 2009 acquisition of the internet’s quirkiest online retailer for $1.2B in stock. How did three H... Read more →
    Former Zappos Chairman & COO (and current Partner at Sequoia Capital) Alfred Lin joins our heroes to kick off Season 2 with a classic: Amazon’s 2009 acquisition of the internet’s quirkiest online retailer for $1.2B in stock. How did three H... Read more →

  • Announcement: San Francisco Happy Hour
    Announcement: San Francisco Happy Hour
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    Published: 8 Jan 2018 Duration: n/a
    Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30 in San Francisco for the Acquired Listener Happy Hour! Find out more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/acquiredhh
    Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30 in San Francisco for the Acquired Listener Happy Hour! Find out more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/acquiredhh

  • Episode 51: 2017 Holiday Special
    Episode 51: 2017 Holiday Special
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    Published: 18 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:16:09
    Acquired cozies up to the fire and looks back on the year in tech. How wildly off were we on last year’s predictions? What does the next year have in store? Most importantly, what price will Bitcoin be trading at in December 2018??? Pour yo... Read more →
    Acquired cozies up to the fire and looks back on the year in tech. How wildly off were we on last year’s predictions? What does the next year have in store? Most importantly, what price will Bitcoin be trading at in December 2018??? Pour yo... Read more →

  • Episode 50: Apple - Beats
    Episode 50: Apple - Beats
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    Published: 11 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:15:14
    Acquired crosses the half-century mark with an instant classic: Apple’s 2014 purchase of Beats, its largest acquisition ever. If you knew Beats as just another headphone company, think again—the history on this one will keep your heads ring... Read more →
    Acquired crosses the half-century mark with an instant classic: Apple’s 2014 purchase of Beats, its largest acquisition ever. If you knew Beats as just another headphone company, think again—the history on this one will keep your heads ring... Read more →

  • Episode 49: The Stitch Fix IPO
    Episode 49: The Stitch Fix IPO
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    Published: 4 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:11:09
    Ben and David dive into the most talked-about tech IPO of 4Q 2017: Stitch Fix. After downsizing the offering and pricing below the range, does this signal a warning that public markets won’t value high-flying silicon valley “disruptors” as ... Read more →
    Ben and David dive into the most talked-about tech IPO of 4Q 2017: Stitch Fix. After downsizing the offering and pricing below the range, does this signal a warning that public markets won’t value high-flying silicon valley “disruptors” as ... Read more →

  • Episode 48: Qualcomm - Broadcom
    Episode 48: Qualcomm - Broadcom
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    Published: 20 Nov 2017 Duration: 51:32
    Ben & David cover the proposed largest tech M&A deal of all time, and in the process dive into the evolving dynamics of the industry that started everything in Silicon Valley—silicon. Just when VCs thought innovation was dead in semiconduct... Read more →
    Ben & David cover the proposed largest tech M&A deal of all time, and in the process dive into the evolving dynamics of the industry that started everything in Silicon Valley—silicon. Just when VCs thought innovation was dead in semiconduct... Read more →

  • Episode 47: The Atlassian IPO
    Episode 47: The Atlassian IPO
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    Published: 7 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:05:04
    Ben & David venture to the land down under (and reunite in-person!) to tell the story of the granddaddy of all bootstrapped tech success stories, collaboration software company Atlassian. How did two plucky college grads from Sydney, Austra... Read more →
    Ben & David venture to the land down under (and reunite in-person!) to tell the story of the granddaddy of all bootstrapped tech success stories, collaboration software company Atlassian. How did two plucky college grads from Sydney, Austra... Read more →

  • Episode 46: Blue Bottle Coffee
    Episode 46: Blue Bottle Coffee
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    Published: 8 Oct 2017 Duration: 01:02:41
    Today our heroes cover a deal that might have more impact on life in Silicon Valley than AI, wearables and AR/VR combined… Nestle’s acquisition of Blue Bottle Coffee. Will hipster entrepreneurs and the VCs who love/need them continue to lin... Read more →
    Today our heroes cover a deal that might have more impact on life in Silicon Valley than AI, wearables and AR/VR combined… Nestle’s acquisition of Blue Bottle Coffee. Will hipster entrepreneurs and the VCs who love/need them continue to lin... Read more →

  • Episode 45: HTC, Google and the Future of Mobile
    Episode 45: HTC, Google and the Future of Mobile
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    Published: 21 Sep 2017 Duration: 01:19:27
    Acquired is back and live on the scene! After months of speculation, Google announces today their acquisition (err, "Cooperation Agreement”) of a large portion of HTC’s hardware division. What does this mean for the future of mobile? Can Go... Read more →
    Acquired is back and live on the scene! After months of speculation, Google announces today their acquisition (err, "Cooperation Agreement”) of a large portion of HTC’s hardware division. What does this mean for the future of mobile? Can Go... Read more →

  • Episode 44: AOL - Time Warner (with the Internet History Podcast)
    Episode 44: AOL - Time Warner (with the Internet History Podcast)
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    Published: 18 Sep 2017 Duration: 01:41:34
    On this extra-long episode of Acquired, Brian McCullough from the Internet History Podcast returns to discuss perhaps the most (in)famous merger of all time: AOL - Time Warner. Who doesn’t remember the soothing sounds of 56k modems and the ... Read more →
    On this extra-long episode of Acquired, Brian McCullough from the Internet History Podcast returns to discuss perhaps the most (in)famous merger of all time: AOL - Time Warner. Who doesn’t remember the soothing sounds of 56k modems and the ... Read more →

  • Episode 43: The Square IPO
    Episode 43: The Square IPO
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    Published: 16 Aug 2017 Duration: 01:15:30
    Unicorns and ratchets and lawsuits, oh my! Our heroes dive into the history of Jack Dorsey’s famous “other” company, Square. Was the Square IPO a canary in the coal mine signaling doom & gloom for the so-called unicorn companies of the earl... Read more →
    Unicorns and ratchets and lawsuits, oh my! Our heroes dive into the history of Jack Dorsey’s famous “other” company, Square. Was the Square IPO a canary in the coal mine signaling doom & gloom for the so-called unicorn companies of the earl... Read more →

  • Episode 42: Opsware (with special guest Michel Feaster)
    Episode 42: Opsware (with special guest Michel Feaster)
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    Published: 5 Aug 2017 Duration: 01:13:56
    Acquired dives into the legendary acquisition of Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen’s “second act” software company Opsware, from a perspective never before heard—HP’s side of the story! Our heroes are joined by Michel Feaster, who led both the... Read more →
    Acquired dives into the legendary acquisition of Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen’s “second act” software company Opsware, from a perspective never before heard—HP’s side of the story! Our heroes are joined by Michel Feaster, who led both the... Read more →

  • Episode 41: Booking.com with Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson
    Episode 41: Booking.com with Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson
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    Published: 26 Jul 2017 Duration: 01:14:52
    Acquired trains its lens on the “second or third best acquisition of all-time”, Priceline’s 2005 purchase of Booking.com. Our heroes are joined by friend-of-the-show and former Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson to help understand how t... Read more →
    Acquired trains its lens on the “second or third best acquisition of all-time”, Priceline’s 2005 purchase of Booking.com. Our heroes are joined by friend-of-the-show and former Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson to help understand how t... Read more →

  • Episode 40: Activision Blizzard
    Episode 40: Activision Blizzard
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    Published: 13 Jul 2017 Duration: 01:13:58
    Ben & David cover the creation of the gaming world’s equivalent of the 70’s rock supergroup: the 2008 merger of Blizzard and Activision. We tell the story from the Blizzard perspective, tracing the history of one of the most innovative comp... Read more →
    Ben & David cover the creation of the gaming world’s equivalent of the 70’s rock supergroup: the 2008 merger of Blizzard and Activision. We tell the story from the Blizzard perspective, tracing the history of one of the most innovative comp... Read more →

  • Episode 39: Whole Foods Market
    Episode 39: Whole Foods Market
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    Published: 21 Jun 2017 Duration: 01:11:57
    Ben and David are once again live on the scene, this time covering the biggest disruption in grocery since… well, sliced bread: Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods Market. We place this deal in context by diving deep into the long, inte... Read more →
    Ben and David are once again live on the scene, this time covering the biggest disruption in grocery since… well, sliced bread: Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods Market. We place this deal in context by diving deep into the long, inte... Read more →

  • "About Acquired" on the Anchor Podcast of the Day
    "About Acquired" on the Anchor Podcast of the Day
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    Published: 11 Jun 2017 Duration: 20:15
    Ben and David are guests on Anchor's Podcast of the Day, discussing Acquired's origin story, show structure, and how the show gets made. If you're new to the show and looking for a primer, this is a great place to jump in!
    Ben and David are guests on Anchor's Podcast of the Day, discussing Acquired's origin story, show structure, and how the show gets made. If you're new to the show and looking for a primer, this is a great place to jump in!

  • Episode 38: SoundJam (iTunes)
    Episode 38: SoundJam (iTunes)
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    Published: 31 May 2017 Duration: 01:15:16
    Ben & David revisit the birth of the digital music revolution and Steve Jobs’ “digital hub” strategy, with Apple's 2000 acquisition of the Mac music player SoundJam MP, which would go on to become iTunes. We relive the 90’s with brushed met... Read more →
    Ben & David revisit the birth of the digital music revolution and Steve Jobs’ “digital hub” strategy, with Apple's 2000 acquisition of the Mac music player SoundJam MP, which would go on to become iTunes. We relive the 90’s with brushed met... Read more →

  • Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”
    Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”
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    Published: 10 May 2017 Duration: 01:14:40
    Ben and David continue Acquired’s “tech and sports” mini-series with Disney’s 2016 acquisition of a minority stake (with the right to purchase a majority stake at a later date) in BAMTech, the internet streaming company originally founded a... Read more →
    Ben and David continue Acquired’s “tech and sports” mini-series with Disney’s 2016 acquisition of a minority stake (with the right to purchase a majority stake at a later date) in BAMTech, the internet streaming company originally founded a... Read more →

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