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Acquired goes behind the scenes of the best (and worst) acquisitions and IPOs of all time. From the Instagram A+'s to the AOL-Time Warner fails, what can we learn from their journeys and apply to our own organizations and careers in business and in t...Show More

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Season 3, Episode 10: Tencent

1:49:31 | Dec 17th, 2018

We close out Season 3 and our China mini-series with a monster episode on Tencent, the Shenzhen-based social networking and entertainment powerhouse. We dive deep into the story of Pony Ma and his cofounders’ incredible journey from making software f...Show More

Episode 50: Apple - Beats

1:15:14 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 ringin’. SF A...Show More

LP sneak peek: How to build a successful SaaS company (with Jake Saper, Partner at Emergence Capital)

15:29 | Mar 6th

Hey Acquired listeners, our latest LP guest conversation was so good, we wanted to share some of it with everyone. We dove deep into the gritty details of SaaS investing and company building with the best in the business, Jake Saper from Emergence Ca...Show More

Season 4, Episode 3: Instagram Revisited (with Emily White)

1:10:41 | Feb 26th

We enter the wayback machine and revisit the subject of Acquired’s second ever episode, Facebook’s bombshell 2012 acquisition of Instagram — this time with the help of then-Facebook executive Emily White, who moved over post-acquisition to become Ins...Show More

Spotify + Gimlet/Anchor Quick Take + Worldwide Meetup Details!

40:30 | Feb 19th

We continue to experiment on Acquired, this time with a quick-take on Spotify’s bombshell dual-acquisition of Anchor and Gimlet Media. While we may give these deals the full Acquired treatment in the future, we wanted to share our quick thoughts with...Show More

Season 4, Episode 2: ARM & SoftBank

1:22:33 | Feb 3rd

We dive into the crazy, little-known story of how this small, former PC-maker in Cambridge, England dethroned Intel, saved Apple from bankruptcy, became the blueprint for the largest investment fund in history, and of course now powers just about eve...Show More

Season 4, Episode 1: ESPN

1:22:14 | Jan 21st

Booyah! Acquired, the worldwide leader in acquisitions and IPOs, kicks off Season 4 with a classic: ESPN. How did a failed former TV weatherman end up building the world’s most valuable media company on top of a dump (quite literally) in Bristol, Con...Show More

Season 4 Trailer (and 2019 predictions!)

21:59 | Jan 14th

Get ready for Acquired Season 4: the Attack of the IPOs! We'll be live on the scene this season as some of the tech world's biggest unicorns make their long-awaited public debuts (or at least we all hope). We get in the spirit for the coming season, ...Show More

Season 3, Episode 10: Tencent

1:49:31 | Dec 17th, 2018

We close out Season 3 and our China mini-series with a monster episode on Tencent, the Shenzhen-based social networking and entertainment powerhouse. We dive deep into the story of Pony Ma and his cofounders’ incredible journey from making software f...Show More

LP Show Preview: Product-Market Fit

1:04:23 | Dec 10th, 2018

We often get asked, “what type of content is on the Limited Partner Bonus Shows?” Well, we figure an episode is worth a thousand words (er, something like that), so we’re releasing one of our LP bonus shows in the main feed. On this episode, we dive...Show More

LP Show Preview: Product-Market Fit

1:04:23 | Dec 10th, 2018

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! (works best on mobile) https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ We often get asked, “what type of content is on the LP Bonus Shows?” Well, never fear! We’re releasing one of our LP shows publicly for everyone t...Show More

Season 3, Episode 9 Netflix (Part 2)

1:24:39 | Nov 25th, 2018

We complete our two-part Netflix special with the company’s bold transition to streaming, including of course the most (in)famous spin-out in business history. Rising from the ashes of Qwikster, we chronicle Netflix’s rebirth as a media company and l...Show More

Season 3, Episode 9: Netflix (Part 2)

1:24:29 | Nov 25th, 2018

We complete our two-part Netflix special with the company’s bold transition to streaming, including of course the most (in)famous spin-out in business history. Rising from the ashes of Qwikster, we chronicle Netflix’s rebirth as a media company and l...Show More

Season 3, Episode 8: Netflix (Part 1)

1:26:14 | Nov 12th, 2018

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! (works best on mobile)In a world ravaged by late fees and lack of rewinding, two men from a sleepy California beach town make a stand against tyranny, daringly dethrone an evil empire and… oh who are we kidd...Show More

Season 3, Episode 8: Netflix (Part 1)

1:26:14 | Nov 12th, 2018

In a world ravaged by late fees and lack of rewinding, one man two men from a sleepy California beach town make a stand against tyranny, daringly dethrone an evil empire and… oh who are we kidding, they just copied Amazon’s business plan for books an...Show More

Season 3, Episode 7: Venmo (SF live show with Andrew Kortina)

1:08:51 | Oct 29th, 2018

Ben & David are joined by special guest and Venmo cofounder Andrew Kortina for our first-ever SF live show! In front of a packed house we chronicle the journey of how two freshman-year roommates from Penn turned a healthy obsession with Craigslist an...Show More

Acquied Season 3 Episode 7: Venmo (live with Andrew Kortina)

1:08:52 | Oct 29th, 2018

Ben & David are joined by special guest and Venmo cofounder Andrew Kortina for our first-ever SF live show! In front of a packed house we chronicle the journey of how two freshman-year roommates from Penn turned a healthy obsession with Craigslist an...Show More

SF Live Show Announcement: Venmo!

04:46 | Oct 8th, 2018

Join Ben and David for Acquired's first-ever SF live show! We'll be covering Venmo's acquisition by Braintree (and then PayPal), with special guest Andrew Kortina, co-founder of Venmo. We can’t wait to see many of you there! Register: http://acquire...Show More

SF Live Show Announcement: Venmo!

04:47 | Oct 8th, 2018

Join Ben and David for Acquired's first-ever SF live show! We'll be covering Venmo's acquisition by Braintree (and then PayPal), with special guest Andrew Kortina, co-founder of Venmo. We can’t wait to see many of you there! Register: http://acqui...Show More

Season 3, Episode 6: Behance (with Scott Belsky)

1:11:40 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Ben and David are joined by Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, Behance founder, Benchmark partner, author, and product luminary, Scott Belsky, to tell the story of Adobe Systems’ 2012 acquisition of Behance. We dive into the role it played in of one of t...Show More

Season 3, Episode 6: Behance (with Scott Belsky)

1:11:41 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Ben and David are joined by Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, Behance founder, Benchmark partner, author, and product luminary, Scott Belsky, to tell the story of Adobe Systems’ 2012 acquisition of Behance. We dive into the role it played in of one of t...Show More

Season 3, Episode 5: Alibaba

1:33:56 | Sep 24th, 2018

We continue our China Tech series with perhaps the most incredible entrepreneurial journey in history: Alibaba and its indefatigable founder, Jack Ma. How did an unknown 30 year-old English teacher from a second tier Chinese city build the world’s 7t...Show More

Season 3, Episode 5: Alibaba

1:33:57 | Sep 24th, 2018

We continue our China Tech series with perhaps the most incredible entrepreneurial journey in history: Alibaba and its indefatigable founder, Jack Ma. How did an unknown 30 year-old English teacher from a second tier Chinese city build the world’s 7t...Show More

Season 3, Episode 4: Recode (with Kara Swisher)

1:23:54 | Sep 11th, 2018

In this special episode Ben & David head to Recode’s SF office and sit down in the red chair with the one & only Kara Swisher! Kara tells the story of Recode, from the beginnings of her partnership with Walt Mossberg in the late 90’s at WSJ to the la...Show More

Season 3, Episode 4: Recode (with Kara Swisher)

1:23:43 | Sep 11th, 2018

In this special episode Ben & David head to Recode’s SF office and sit down in the red chair with the one & only Kara Swisher! Kara tells the story of Recode, from the beginnings of her partnership with Walt Mossberg to starting Recode and ultimately...Show More

Season 3, Episode 3: The Sonos IPO

1:34:32 | Aug 20th, 2018

Ben and David are (almost) live on the scene covering the plucky Southern California “camera company”… uh wait, wrong episode… we mean *speaker* company’s IPO! Continuing the long Acquired tradition of analyzing companies at the intersection of music...Show More

Season 3, Episode 3: The Sonos IPO

1:34:33 | Aug 20th, 2018

Ben and David are (almost) live on the scene covering the plucky Southern California “camera company”… uh wait, wrong episode… we mean *speaker* company’s IPO! Continuing the long Acquired tradition of analyzing companies at the intersection of music...Show More

Season 3, Episode 2: The Xiaomi IPO

1:13:23 | Aug 6th, 2018

Acquired kicks off our China tech mini-series by teaming up with the best in the business: Hans and Zara from GGV’s 996 Podcast! Together we cover the largest technology IPO in the world since fellow China tech giant Alibaba in 2014: Xiaomi, where Ha...Show More

Season 3, Episode 2: The Xiaomi IPO

1:13:23 | Aug 6th, 2018

We kick off our China tech mini-series with the largest technology IPO in the world since fellow China tech giant Alibaba in 2014: Xiaomi.

Season 3, Episode 1: Tesla

1:59:18 | Jul 17th, 2018

Acquired kicks off Season 3 with a gangbuster two-hour extravaganza on America’s most successful automotive startup since The Ford Motor Company: Tesla. We cover everything, from founding to its 2010 IPO to all that’s happened since, including the qu...Show More

Season 3, Episode 1: Tesla

1:59:19 | Jul 17th, 2018

Acquired kicks off Season 3 with a gangbuster two-hour extravaganza on America’s most successful automotive startup since The Ford Motor Company: Tesla. We cover everything, from founding to its 2010 IPO to all that’s happened since, including the qu...Show More

Acquired Season 3 Trailer

09:38 | Jul 9th, 2018

Get ready for Season 3 with a quick overview for newcomers, our latest mini-series announcement and more!

Season 2, Episode 10: The Rover-DogVacay Merger (with Rover CEO Aaron Easterly)

1:07:54 | Jun 18th, 2018

Acquired wraps up Season 2 with our first “elusive” private-private merger: Rover.com and its 2017 combination with rival pet care marketplace DogVacay. We’re joined by Rover CEO Aaron Easterly to dive into the full history of how the crazy idea of “...Show More

Season 2, Episode 10: The Rover-DogVacay Merger (with Rover CEO Aaron Easterly)

1:07:55 | Jun 18th, 2018

Acquired wraps up Season 2 with our first “elusive” private-private merger: Rover.com and its 2017 combination with rival pet care marketplace DogVacay. We’re joined by Rover CEO Aaron Easterly to dive into the full history of how the crazy idea of “...Show More

Season 2, Episode 9: GitHub

1:23:46 | Jun 6th, 2018

We’re live on the scene the day following the biggest announcement in the open source software world since well, open source software: Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5B in stock. How did we get here? What does it mean for software developers going...Show More

Season 2, Episode 9: GitHub

1:23:46 | Jun 6th, 2018

We’re live on the scene the day following the biggest announcement in the open source software world since well, open source software: Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5B in stock. How did we get here? What does it mean for software developers going...Show More

Season 2, Episode 8: T-Mobile / Sprint

1:21:14 | May 21st, 2018

If you thought the telecom business was boring, think again! Acquired brings you an episode packed with more drama than an entire season of Game of Thrones. Starting with a death in the family, we follow a tale of fortunes lost and rebuilt, bitter ba...Show More

Season 2, Episode 8: T-Mobile / Sprint

1:21:15 | May 21st, 2018

If you thought the telecom business was boring, think again! Acquired brings you an episode packed with more drama than an entire season of Game of Thrones. Starting with a death in the family, we follow a tale of fortunes lost and rebuilt, bitter ba...Show More

Season 2, Episode 7: PowerPoint

1:14:11 | May 4th, 2018

Acquired returns with a classic, delving into Microsoft’s first acquisition ever: Forethought Inc, the makers of PowerPoint. Hate it or love it, you can’t deny the combined companies’ impact: by the early 90’s PowerPoint had transformed the way busin...Show More

Season 2, Episode 7: PowerPoint

1:14:12 | May 4th, 2018

Acquired returns with a classic, delving into Microsoft’s first acquisition ever: Forethought Inc, the makers of PowerPoint. Hate it or love it, you can’t deny the combined companies’ impact: by the early 90’s PowerPoint had transformed the way busin...Show More

Season 2, Episode 6: Spotify’s Direct Listing

1:44:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

Acquired wraps up a big few weeks of coverage with not an IPO or an M&A or a fundraising round, but what’s still the largest tech exit in recent memory: Spotify’s $30B direct public listing. We dive into what it all means and how we got here: from Na...Show More

Season 2, Episode 6: Spotify’s Direct Listing

1:44:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

Acquired wraps up a big few weeks of coverage with not an IPO or an M&A or a fundraising round, but what’s still the largest tech exit in recent memory: Spotify’s $30B direct public listing. We dive into what it all means and how we got here: from Na...Show More

Season 2, Episode 5: The Dropbox IPO

1:37:33 | Mar 26th, 2018

Acquired is live on the scene following Dropbox’s public market debut. From playing a central role in the early days of Y Combinator, to having Steve Jobs famously label the company a “feature not a product”, to pivoting from consumers to enterprise ...Show More

Season 2, Episode 5: The Dropbox IPO

1:37:33 | Mar 26th, 2018

Acquired is live on the scene following Dropbox’s public market debut. From playing a central role in the early days of Y Combinator, to having Steve Jobs famously label the company a “feature not a product”, to pivoting from consumers to enterprise ...Show More

Season 2, Episode 4: SoftBank, Fortress and the Vision Fund

1:28:03 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Acquired dives into the topic on the minds and lips of just about every VC and founder these days: SoftBank’s $93B+ Vision Fund, and its seemingly-overnight rewriting of the rules of venture capital and startup fundraising. Where did this new 800lbs ...Show More

Season 2, Episode 4: SoftBank, Fortress and the Vision Fund

1:28:04 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Acquired dives into the topic on the minds and lips of just about every VC and founder: SoftBank’s $93B+ Vision Fund, and its seemingly-overnight rewriting of the rules of venture capital and startup fundraising. The saga starts with an acquisition, ...Show More

Season 2, Episode 3: Nest

1:32:42 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 of the iPod...Show More

Season 2, Episode 3: Nest

1:32:43 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 of the iPod...Show More

Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt

1:14:19 | Feb 7th, 2018

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 app, Again...Show More

Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt

1:14:19 | Feb 7th, 2018

We launch mini-series on Acquired with a subject near & dear to our hearts: startup fundraising! Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt tells the story of raising their $4m seed led by Sequoia Capital in 2016. We had a blast touching on many classic Acquired ...Show More

Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)

1:12:38 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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 Harvard und...Show More

Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)

1:12:38 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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 Harvard und...Show More

Announcement: San Francisco Happy Hour

0:00 | Jan 8th, 2018

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

Announcement: San Francisco Happy Hour

00:57 | Jan 8th, 2018

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

1:16:09 | Dec 18th, 2017

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 yourself a g...Show More

Episode 51: 2017 Holiday Special

1:16:09 | Dec 18th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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 st...Show More

Episode 50: Apple - Beats

1:15:14 | Dec 11th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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 ...Show More

Episode 49: The Stitch Fix IPO

1:11:09 | Dec 4th, 2017

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 high as VC...Show More

Episode 49: The Stitch Fix IPO

1:11:09 | Dec 4th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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 sign...Show More

Episode 48: Qualcomm - Broadcom

51:32 | Nov 20th, 2017

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 semiconductors, a new...Show More

Episode 48: Qualcomm - Broadcom

51:33 | Nov 20th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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 everyt...Show More

Episode 47: The Atlassian IPO

1:05:04 | Nov 7th, 2017

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, Australia go fro...Show More

Episode 47: The Atlassian IPO

1:05:04 | Nov 7th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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, collab...Show More

Episode 46: Blue Bottle Coffee

1:02:41 | Oct 8th, 2017

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 line up aroun...Show More

Episode 46: Blue Bottle Coffee

1:02:42 | Oct 8th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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 ...Show More

Episode 45: HTC, Google and the Future of Mobile

1:19:27 | Sep 21st, 2017

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 Google trans...Show More

Episode 45: HTC, Google and the Future of Mobile

1:19:27 | Sep 21st, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Acquired is back and live on the scene! After months of speculation, Google announces today their acquisition (err, "Cooperation Agreement”) of a larg...Show More

Episode 44: AOL - Time Warner (with the Internet History Podcast)

1:41:34 | Sep 18th, 2017

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 timeless p...Show More

Episode 44: AOL - Time Warner (with the Internet History Podcast)

1:41:34 | Sep 18th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   On this extra-long episode of Acquired, Brian McCullough from the Internet History Podcast returns to discuss perhaps the most (in)famous merger of al...Show More

Episode 43: The Square IPO

1:15:30 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 early 2010’s, ...Show More

Episode 43: The Square IPO

1:15:31 | Aug 16th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 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...Show More

Episode 42: Opsware (with special guest Michel Feaster)

1:13:56 | Aug 5th, 2017

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 acquisiti...Show More

Episode 42: Opsware (with special guest Michel Feaster)

1:13:57 | Aug 5th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Acquired dives into the legendary acquisition of Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen’s “second act” software company Opsware, from a perspective never befo...Show More

Episode 41: Booking.com with Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson

1:14:52 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 this little...Show More

Episode 41: Booking.com with Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson

1:14:53 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 this little...Show More

Episode 40: Activision Blizzard

1:13:58 | Jul 13th, 2017

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 companies in t...Show More

Episode 40: Activision Blizzard

1:13:58 | Jul 13th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   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 s...Show More

Episode 39: Whole Foods Market

1:11:57 | Jun 21st, 2017

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, intertwining h...Show More

Acquired Episode 39: Whole Foods Market

1:11:57 | Jun 21st, 2017

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, intertwining h...Show More

"About Acquired" on the Anchor Podcast of the Day

20:15 | Jun 11th, 2017

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!

"About Acquired" on the Anchor Podcast of the Day

20:15 | Jun 11th, 2017

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)

1:15:16 | May 31st, 2017

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 metal interfa...Show More

Acquired Episode 38: SoundJam (iTunes)

1:15:17 | May 31st, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)     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...Show More

Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”

1:14:40 | May 10th, 2017

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 as part of ...Show More

Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”

1:14:40 | May 10th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   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 major...Show More

Episode 36: The LA Clippers

1:05:03 | Apr 24th, 2017

In honor of the start of NBA playoffs, Ben & David venture off the beaten path to explore one of Steve Ballmer’s most famous acquisitions, his 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise. Was this landmark purchase a steal or a turnover f...Show More

Episode 36: The LA Clippers

1:05:03 | Apr 24th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   In honor of start of NBA playoffs, Ben & David venture off the beaten path to explore one of Steve Ballmer’s most famous acquisitions, his 2014 purcha...Show More

Episode 35: Oculus

1:17:23 | Apr 11th, 2017

Ben & David transcend the barriers of “real” reality, and dive into Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s geek-eutpoia vision of the future of gaming, social, and maybe even the entire internet: strapping goofy-looking goggles to your face. Is VR for real t...Show More

Episode 35: Oculus

1:17:24 | Apr 11th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David transcend the barriers of “real” reality, and dive into Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s geek-eutpoia vision of the future of gaming, social...Show More

Episode 34: Starbucks IPO with Dan Levitan

1:19:22 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Ben & David "pour over" the 1992 IPO of the legendary Seattle coffee company with the help of Dan Levitan

Episode 34: The Starbucks IPO with Dan Levitan

1:19:23 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben & David "pour over" the 1992 IPO of the legendary Seattle coffee company with the help of Dan Levitan, who served as lead investment banker on the I...Show More

Episode 33: Overture (with the Internet History Podcast!)

1:27:11 | Mar 13th, 2017

Overture, Yahoo, Google, and the history of the Search business model

Episode 33: Overture (with the Internet History Podcast!)

1:27:11 | Mar 13th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Episode 33: Overture (with the Internet History Podcast!)    Ben & David dive deep into the early days of internet search, with the help of the best i...Show More

Episode 32: The Snap Inc. IPO

1:23:12 | Mar 4th, 2017

Snap! Acquired is live on the scene reporting from the "Super Bowl" of 2017 tech events: Snap Inc's hugely anticipated IPO.

Episode 32: The Snap Inc. IPO

1:23:13 | Mar 4th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Snap! Acquired is live on the scene reporting from the "Super Bowl" of 2017 tech events: Snap Inc's hugely anticipated (and just plain huge) IPO. What...Show More

Episode 31: The Uber - Didi Chuxing Merger with Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts & The Everything Store

1:09:54 | Mar 1st, 2017

Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor of Global Technology at Bloomberg and author of The Upstarts and The Everything Store, joins Ben & David to dive deep into the Uber-Didi saga.

Episode 31: The Uber - Didi Chuxing Merger with Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts & The Everything Store

1:09:54 | Mar 1st, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Topics covered include: The global surge in 2012 of entrepreneurs starting ridesharing companies, nowhere moreso than China  Didi CEO Cheng Wei and i...Show More

Episode 30: P.A. Semi + AuthenTec

1:07:51 | Jan 24th, 2017

Ben & David venture into the semiconductor world, analyzing two hallmark Apple acquisitions: P.A. Semi and AuthenTec, both of which would go on to form the basis of core Apple product features in the “A” series of processors and TouchID sensors.

Episode 30: P.A. Semi + AuthenTec

1:07:51 | Jan 24th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Topics covered include: P.A. Semi’s original moniker ("Palo Alto Semiconductor”) and its celebrity founder (in the semiconductor world) Dan Dobberpuh...Show More

Episode 29: Special—2016 Review and 2017 Predictions

1:11:43 | Jan 11th, 2017

Note: we apologize for the less-than-amazing audio quality on this one. We’re still working on tuning our remote recording setup! Topics covered include: * Our top tech themes of 2016, including the first annual Acquired "Theme of the Year”: Aggrega...Show More

Episode 29: Special—2016 Review and 2017 Predictions

1:11:43 | Jan 11th, 2017

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David wrap up 2016 with a review of the top tech themes we discussed on the show this year, and look forward to which themes we think will be re...Show More

Episode 28: The Amazon IPO with original Amazon Board Member Tom Alberg

1:06:30 | Dec 31st, 2016

Ben & David welcome very special guest Tom Alberg, board member and first lead investor in Amazon.com, to cover the IPO of "earth’s most customer-centric company".

Episode 28: The Amazon IPO with original Amazon Board Member Tom Alberg

1:06:31 | Dec 31st, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David welcome very special guest Tom Alberg, board member and first lead investor in Amazon.com, to cover the IPO of "earth’s most customer-cent...Show More

Episode 27: Special—A Conversation with Microsoft's Head of Strategic Investments Brian Schultz

1:10:16 | Dec 16th, 2016

Ben & David chat with Brian Schultz, the Managing Director of Strategic Investments & Corporate Development at Microsoft.

Episode 27: Special—A Conversation with Microsoft's Head of Strategic Investments Brian Schultz

1:10:17 | Dec 16th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Topics covered include: Brian’s history working across “both sides of the aisle” as both a startup founder and corporate development leader at a big...Show More

Episode 26: Marvel

1:18:25 | Dec 5th, 2016

Ben and David complete the Disney acquisition trilogy, covering the "house that Mickey built"'s 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment.

Episode 26: Marvel

1:18:26 | Dec 5th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Topics covered include: Marvel’s corporate origins as "Timely Publications”, created in 1939 by pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman in NYC, with ...Show More

Episode 25: The Facebook IPO

1:20:41 | Nov 11th, 2016

Ben and David tackle their first IPO episode, starting with the largest tech IPO of all time, Facebook.

Episode 25: The Facebook IPO

1:20:42 | Nov 11th, 2016

Hey Acquired listeners. A note about this show: we recorded this episode the night before the 2016 Election Day in the US. At the time, the biggest change we saw coming was adding a new type of content to Acquired in analyzing IPO’s, which we introdu...Show More

Episode 24: Skype

1:18:25 | Nov 2nd, 2016

An acquisition so wild and crazy, they had to do it again. And again. Ben & David cover tech’s perhaps most-traded asset, Skype (which also happens to be a fantastic business). How do we even know which deal to grade? Tune in to find out… Topics co...Show More

Episode 24: Skype

1:18:25 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   An acquisition so wild and crazy, they had to do it again. And again. Ben & David cover tech’s perhaps most-traded asset, Skype (which also happens to...Show More

Episode 23: NeXT (Live show at the GeekWire Summit)

1:02:29 | Oct 23rd, 2016

Ben & David broadcast live from the 2016 GeekWire Summit covering one of the all-time greats, Apple’s 1996 acquisition of NeXT. This episode has it all: the Steve Jobs hero story, Apple, I.M. Pei, Ross Perot, Aaron Sorkin, Nobel Laureates and… Gil Am...Show More

Episode 23: NeXT (Live show at the GeekWire Summit)

1:02:29 | Oct 23rd, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David broadcast live from the 2016 GeekWire Summit covering one of the all-time greats, Apple’s 1996 acquisition of NeXT. This episode has it al...Show More

Episode 22: Zillow + Trulia with Zillow Group CFO Kathleen Philips

1:10:46 | Oct 14th, 2016

CFO of Zillow Group Kathleen Philips joins Ben and David to cover the show’s first true “merger” versus “acquisition" (only took 22 episodes!), Zillow’s 2015 combination with Trulia to form Zillow Group. Note: our audio glitches unfortunately contin...Show More

Episode 22: Zillow + Trulia (with Zillow Group CFO Kathleen Philips)

1:10:46 | Oct 14th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   CFO of Zillow Group Kathleen Philips joins Ben and David to cover the show’s first true “merger” versus “acquisition" (only took 22 episodes!), Zillow...Show More

Episode 21: Inside the M&A Press with Bloomberg's Alex Sherman

1:18:14 | Sep 27th, 2016

Ben and David go inside the M&A press with Bloomberg’s technology M&A reporter and host of the Deal of the Week Podcast, Alex Sherman. We explore how stories about big deals get broken or what “according to people familiar with the matter” really mea...Show More

Episode 21: Inside the M&A Press with Bloomberg's Alex Sherman

1:18:15 | Sep 27th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben and David go inside the M&A press with Bloomberg’s technology M&A reporter and host of the Deal of the Week Podcast, Alex Sherman. If you’ve ever ...Show More

Episode 20: Android

1:13:48 | Sep 16th, 2016

Topics covered include: - Welcome new listeners! We quickly review the show format for newbies. - Community spotlight: Patagonia on a Budget from community member Matt Morgante (@mattm on Slack) - Andy Rubin’s career trajectory and what made him “bo...Show More

Episode 20: Android

1:13:48 | Sep 16th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David examine Google’s 2005 purchase of Android for a rumored $50M, undeniably one of the best technology acquisitions of all time. But will it ...Show More

Episode 19: Jet

1:05:05 | Aug 29th, 2016

Ben & David break down Jet.com’s meteoric rise, culminating in Walmart’s blockbuster $3B+ acquisition of the company just two years after its founding. Will we look back on this deal as an ‘Instagram-like’ bargain or a ‘Pets.com'-sized blunder? And m...Show More

Episode 19: Jet

1:05:05 | Aug 29th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David break down Jet.com’s meteoric rise, culminating in Walmart’s blockbuster $3B+ acquisition of the company just two years after its founding...Show More

Episode 18: Special—An Acquirer’s View into M&A with Taylor Barada, head of Corp Dev at Adobe

1:03:46 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Ben & David are joined by special guest Taylor Barada, VP and Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Adobe, to discuss how large tech acquirers approach buying companies.

Episode 18: Special—An Acquirer’s View into M&A with Taylor Barada, head of Corp Dev at Adobe

1:03:47 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben & David are joined by special guest Taylor Barada, VP and Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Adobe, to discuss how large te...Show More

Episode 17: Waze

1:00:29 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Ben and David navigate the mobile platform wars of 2012-13, avoiding speed traps en route to Waze’s destination as a $1B+ acquisition by Google.

Acquired Episode 17: Waze

1:00:30 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Topics covered include: Community Showcase: the Nexcast podcasting platform from listener Brian Sanders, along with their podcast chronicling the tea...Show More

Episode 16: Midroll + Stitcher (acquired by Scripps)

55:33 | Jul 12th, 2016

The meta show: Ben and David turn their gaze inward and examine the podcasting industry through E. W. Scripps’ recent acquisitions of the Midroll podcast advertising network and Stitcher podcast client.

Acquired Episode 16: Midroll + Stitcher (acquired by Scripps)

55:34 | Jul 12th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   The meta show: Ben and David turn their gaze inward and examine the podcasting industry through E. W. Scripps’ recent acquisitions of the Midroll podc...Show More

Episode 15: ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce) with Scott Dorsey

1:09:11 | Jul 5th, 2016

Ben and David return to make their first foray into enterprise software, covering Salesforce’s $2.5B acquisition of ExactTarget in 2013 with the help of special guest and ExactTarget cofounder & CEO, Scott Dorsey.

Acquired Episode 15: ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce) with Scott Dorsey

1:09:12 | Jul 5th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben and David return to make their first foray into enterprise software, covering Salesforce’s $2.5B acquisition of ExactTarget in 2013 with the help...Show More

Episode 14: LinkedIn

1:01:02 | Jun 16th, 2016

Ben and David cover the 3-day-old acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26.2 billion. They cover LinkedIn’s founding story by Reid Hoffman, analyze recent stock behavior, and speculate on the future.

Episode 14: LinkedIn

1:01:03 | Jun 16th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David cover the 3-day-old acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26.2 billion. They cover LinkedIn’s founding story by Reid Hoffman, break do...Show More

Episode 13: Push Pop Press (Facebook Instant Articles) with Todd Bishop

56:37 | Jun 6th, 2016

Ben and David are joined by Todd Bishop, technology reporter and co-founder of GeekWire, to discuss Facebook's 2011 acquisition of Push Pop Press. Highlights include: • The founding story of Push Pop Press by Kimon Tsinteris and Mike Matas. • The e...Show More

Episode 13: Push Pop Press (Facebook Instant Articles) with Todd Bishop

56:37 | Jun 6th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David are joined by Todd Bishop, technology reporter and co-founder of GeekWire, to discuss Facebook's 2011 acquisition of Push Pop Press. Highl...Show More

Episode 12: Snapchat (?!)

56:00 | May 23rd, 2016

Ben and David tackle their first failed acquisition: Facebook's 2013 offer to buy Snapchat. They cover the fascinating story of Snapchat's creation and growth, their blossoming business model, how it would be different inside of Facebook.

Episode 12: Snapchat

56:00 | May 23rd, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David tackle their first failed acquisition: Facebook's 2013 offer to buy Snapchat. They cover the fascinating story of Snapchat's creation and ...Show More

Episode 11: PayPal

52:04 | May 9th, 2016

Ben and David return to technology acquisitions by examining a classic: eBay's 2002 purchase of PayPal. Items mentioned in the show: How the 'PayPal Mafia' redefined success in Silicon Valley - Tech Republic Instagram Will Be a $3 Billion Busin...Show More

Episode 11: PayPal

52:05 | May 9th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David return to technology acquisitions by examining a classic: eBay's 2002 purchase of PayPal.  Items mentioned in the show:  How the 'PayPal ...Show More

Episode 10: Virgin America

48:13 | Apr 27th, 2016

Ben and David deviate entirely from the stated purpose of the show, tackling this non-technology acquisition that is so recent, we have no idea if it went well yet: the April 2016 acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines

Acquired Episode 10: Virgin America

48:13 | Apr 27th, 2016

Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David deviate entirely from the stated purpose of the show, tackling this non-technology acquisition that is so recent, we have no idea if it we...Show More

Episode 9: Writely (Google Docs)

42:33 | Mar 30th, 2016

Ben and David continue the cloud productivity saga with Google Docs. They examine the suite of acquisitions made by Google with a focus on Writely in 2006.

Episode 9: Writely (Google Docs)

42:34 | Mar 29th, 2016

Ben and David continue the cloud productivity saga with Google Docs. They examine the suite of acquisitions made by Google with a focus on Writely in 2006. They tackle: The nuts and bolts of the Upstartle (company behind Writely) acquisition, foun...Show More

Episode 8: Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist (w/ Kurt DelBene)

56:03 | Mar 1st, 2016

Ben and David have special guest Kurt DelBene on to discuss Microsoft's acquisition of Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist. Kurt is the EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Microsoft, and joins to discuss Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first strat...Show More

Episode 8: Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist (w/ Kurt DelBene)

56:04 | Feb 29th, 2016

Ben and David have special guest Kurt DelBene on to discuss Microsoft's acquisition of Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist. Kurt is the EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Microsoft, and joins to discuss Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first strat...Show More

Episode 7: YouTube

44:09 | Feb 4th, 2016

Ben and David test the widely-held belief that YouTube was one of the most successful tech acquisitions of all time. In today's world of next-generation video platforms, mobile video, streaming, and chord-cutting, was it actually a great purchase by ...Show More

Episode 7: YouTube

44:10 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Ben and David test the widely-held belief that YouTube was one of the most successful tech acquisitions of all time. In today's world of next-generation video platforms, mobile video, streaming, and chord-cutting, was it actually a great purchase by ...Show More

Episode 6: Lucasfilm

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2016

Riding closely on the tails of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ben and David cover Disney's 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm. In the episode, they mention Walt Disney's original flywheel diagram, seen below.

Episode 6: Lucasfilm

33:41 | Jan 19th, 2016

Riding closely on the tails of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ben and David cover Disney's 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm

Episode 5: Siri

37:45 | Dec 15th, 2015

In the last episode of 2015, Ben and David discuss Apple's acquisition of Siri. Notable topics include: The founding of Siri by Dag Kittlau, Adam Cheyer, and Chris Brigham Scott Forstall on the Apple side, and the end of his time at the company The ...Show More

Episode 5: Siri

37:46 | Dec 14th, 2015

Ben and David discuss Apple's acquisition of Siri. Notable topics include: The founding of Siri by Dag Kittlau, Adam Cheyer, and Chris Brigham. Scott Forstall on the Apple side, and the end of his time at the company. The other Apple acquisition...Show More

Episode 4: Bungie

1:00:45 | Nov 30th, 2015

Ben and David are joined by Former Microsoft VP and Co-Founder of Xbox, Ed Fries, to discuss the Bungie acquisition and the development of Halo.

Episode 4: Bungie (with Xbox Co-Founder Ed Fries)

1:00:45 | Nov 30th, 2015

Ben and David are joined by Former Microsoft VP and Co-Founder of Xbox, Ed Fries, to discuss the Bungie acquisition and the development of Halo.

Episode 3: Twitch

46:48 | Nov 16th, 2015

Ben and David discuss Amazon's acquisition of Twitch in 2014. Unlike previous episodes, this recent acquisition still has a lot of open questions, and Amazon hasn't publicly reported growth of Twitch since the purchase. Ben and David talk about Justi...Show More

Episode 3: Twitch

0:00 | Nov 16th, 2015

Ben and David discuss Amazon's acquisition of Twitch in 2014. Unlike previous episodes, this recent acquisition still has a lot of open questions, and Amazon hasn't publicly reported growth of Twitch since the purchase. Ben and David talk about Justi...Show More

Episode 2: Instagram

0:00 | Nov 1st, 2015

Ben and David discuss Facebook's acquisition of Instagram in 2012. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?

Episode 2: Instagram

35:55 | Nov 1st, 2015

Ben and David discuss Facebook's acquisition of Instagram in 2012. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?

Episode 1: Pixar

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2015

Ben and David discuss Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?iTunes Link

Episode 1: Pixar

31:10 | Oct 15th, 2015

Ben and David discuss Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?