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Microsoft’s move to please devs: free private GitHub!

Last year’s acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft got quite a few standing in opposition on their hind heels. The Redmond giant is known for its opposition to open-source. And developers are known for their approval of open-source. Hence the fierce statements when the acquisition announcement was made. To start the year, Microsoft sends a nice […]

Dassault Systemes tops nearly $1bn in acquisitions, snatches another German firm

Dassault Systemes tops nearly $1bn in acquisitions, snatches another German firm

In a bold move, the French company Dassault Systemes is acquiring the German RTT to broaden its scope of activities. Dassault Systems is specialized in high-end 3D conceptualization for the production of complex structures such as airplanes or boats. The French company has been quite busy growing its business through acquisitions. In 2013 alone, this […]

Interview with Hypeed's Nicolas Metzke: sometimes an exit is just an exit

Interview with Hypeed's Nicolas Metzke: sometimes an exit is just an exit

From Apple to Ciao.com to Hypeed.com, Nicolas Metzke has certainly seen his fair share of the startup world. Having recently sold his startup, I wanted to take the chance to talk about his experiences, his lessons learned, and to catch a quick preview of what we can expect in the future. While most startupers think […]

A mini wave of French acquisitions?

A while ago, I published an article titled “I’m sorry, did you think French companies don’t acquire?” Despite the fact that France lacks a company with an aggressive acquisition strategy comparable to that of Google, there ARE companies that acquire. At the time, my list was oriented towards larger companies – like Ubisoft, France Telecom […]

I'm sorry, did you think French companies don't acquire?

It's true. French companies don't have the same acquisition culture as some of the American tech darlings, like Google or Facebook. And it definitely doesn't help the local exit market. French and other European companies often look across the Atlantic when it comes time to go public or get acquired.But just because there are more exit opportunities elsewhere doesn't mean there are none at home.