Its Day 2 after the Digitalsmiths announcement yesterday regarding their acquisition by Tivo and I am excited. I am not sure how anyone in this region could not be.
Ben Weinberger and team have a great back story that serves as a great case study for any area. Its your classic feel good story; do startup, raise a little money, get some customers, build out some technology, get some more money, get some more customers, add some smart people, sell the company to a big name. Just not sure who i going to play Ben in the movie.
Except the time they had 1 or 2 payrolls left in the bank. I love to throw cliches around and one of my favorites is, “you are not a real startup founder until you have to cover a payroll out of your pocket”.
Or that this journey took more than 15 years. If you know Ben you would guess that he started this when he was 15 the way he looks so young.
Point is that this is a grind. Probably even harder from here and operating in the media business. But they made it happen and huge kudos and applause from my seat.
Oh, by the way, here is the recent scorecard:
- 2010 Sep – SciQuest IPO ($622m Market Cap)
- 2011 Oct – Sharefile acquired for $54M
- 2012 Feb – iContact acquired for $169M
- 2013 May – Channel Advisor IPO ($994M Market Cap)
- 2014 Jan – Digitalsmiths acquired $135M
Not sure but this run looks pretty good. Who is next?