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  • 2 December 2021

    Still running hot

    Tech M&A spending last month hit its highest total since summer, elevating this year's astonishing, already-record level to even loftier heights. With the strong November results, the total value of tech transactions announced so far in 2021 has soared to nearly twice the previous annual record.

  • 30 November 2021

    The new unicorn makers

    VCs aren't the only ones minting unicorns at a historic rate. PE firms are also signing off on billion-dollar deals for tech companies at a pace never seen before at the once-conservative financial acquirers. Already this year, buyout shops have announced twice as many $1bn+ deals as they averaged over the past decade.

  • 29 November 2021

    Quest-ing higher

    A half-decade after Francisco Partners carved out most of the enterprise software business from Dell, the PE firm has flipped it to another buyout shop at twice the price. Clearlake Capital is reported to be paying $5.4bn, a record price for the firm by our count. The big-ticket secondary transaction pushes this year's spending total for PE-to-PE tech deals higher than any year in history.

  • 16 November 2021

    Maybe artificial intelligence isn't all that smart

    With alarming regularity, AI initiatives at Zillow and elsewhere are coming up well short in delivering what users want from the highly touted but still-emerging technology. Looking ahead, what does the dispiritingly high failure rate for machine learning implementations say about the success rate for the ever-increasing number of ML acquisitions?

  • 15 October 2021

    451Nexus: Infosec M&A Outlook

    As tech M&A soars into the stratosphere, one sector is doing more than its share to boost it toward those previously unimaginable heights. Information security has outpaced acquisition activity in virtually any other IT sector, as deals pile up during a once-in-a-generation shift in securing the new way work gets done. Join 451 Research for a look at the unprecedented infosec activity as part of next week's 451Nexus conference.

  • 14 October 2021

    Ever-changing exit values

    Patience paid off big for GitLab, but maybe not as much as first thought. In its eagerly anticipated IPO, the DevOps dynamo created nearly $14bn in market value, setting a new high-water mark for the fast-growing sector. GitLab's debut nearly doubled the previous record exit value. Or did it?

  • 8 October 2021

    Listed and loaded

    Not every company can be a tech company, but any company can buy a tech company. And that's happening at a historic rate in this post-pandemic year. Publicly traded companies, which had been stepping out of the tech M&A market, are on pace this year to announce the most tech acquisitions in a decade and a half. Spending in this year's spree will shatter all records.

  • 6 October 2021

    Gravity is inescapable

    Markets have wobbled a bit recently. After months and months of seemingly never ticking lower, both stock prices and M&A valuations have found that they can't escape gravity's pull indefinitely. But even with the slight easing, prices for both investors and acquirers are still at stratospheric heights.

  • 5 October 2021

    Near-record Q3 tech M&A spending turns billions into trillions

    Tech M&A spending, which used to be measured in the measly hundreds of billions of dollars, is now tipping into the trillions. The just-closed Q3 more than did its part to speed along the order-of-magnitude increase, as the aggregate value of tech transactions soared to the second-highest quarterly total.

  • 4 October 2021

    Can't stop, won't stop

    Not even erasing $15bn can slow the tech M&A market's relentless rise to previously unheard-of heights. Zoom Video Communications walking away from its planned purchase of Five9 knocked acquisition spending back below $1 trillion this year. But it won't stay under that historic threshold for very long.