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Udacity’s audacity

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Online education has changed the face of education. Free courses called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have given people from all over the world, from all walks of life, access to high quality, free online courses. One of the startups that led the revolution was Udacity. This year, Udacity teamed up with AT&T, as well as other tech firms such as, Cloudera; Salesforce; Autodesk; Google; Hack Reactor; Facebook; and MongoDB, to offer Nanodegrees. Nanodegrees are scholarships being offered to high school graduates, aspiring programmers and data analysts who want to build their tech skills. The beauty of the Nanodegree is it provides students with affordable, short, career-specific training programs that can create a viable career path. AT&T, which invested $3 million into Udacity to develop a series of courses, has sponsored the first program that will include web development, iOS development and data analyst courses. The company also offered 100 paid internships to top graduates of the Nanodegree program. Today, Udacity has raised $35 million additional funding to further bankroll the program.

You can read about the funding here. 

Top 20 Hardware & Infrastructure Deals for December 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $130,000,000,000 Verizon Wireless Verizon Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
2 $24,900,000,000 Dell Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $7,200,000,000 Molex Koch Industries Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $7,170,000,000 Nokia Microsoft Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $2,700,000,000 Sourcefire Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $1,900,000,000 Verizon Wireless AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
7 $1,000,000,000 Blackberry Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
8 $865,000,000 AXIS Axiata Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
9 $810,000,000 Beidou China Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
10 $780,000,000 Alltel AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
11 $710,000,000 Mountain Cablevision Rogers Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
12 $685,000,000 Virident Western Digital Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
13 $600,000,000 Intermec Honeywell International Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
14 $403,000,000 MakerBot Stratasys Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
15 $380,000,000 Tensilica Cadence Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
16 $310,000,000 Ubiquisys Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
17 $310,000,000 Aurora Networks Pace PLC Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
18 $255,000,000 Validity Synaptics Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
19 $198,630,000 ISP Dodo M2 Telecommunications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
20 $180,000,000 Composite Software Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Investment

More information

  1. Verizon Takes Full Grip of Verizon Wireless in $130B Deal with Vodafone (Xconomy)
  2. Dell shareholders approve buyout by founder Michael Dell (BBC)
  3. Koch brothers move into electronics with $7.2 billion Molex deal (Reuters)
  4. Microsoft Enters Into $7.2B Deal To Buy Nokia’s Devices And Services Business And License Its Patents (TechCrunch)
  5. Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B (Techcrunch)
  6. AT&T Completes Acquisition of 700 MHz Spectrum from Verizon Wireless to Support 4G LTE (Market Watch Wall Street Journal)
  7. Here’s the full list of companies that invested $1 billion into BlackBerry, plus interim CEO has a base salary of $1 million (Mobile Syrup)
  8. Malaysia’s Axiata boosts Indonesia business with $865 million acquisition of AXIS (Tech In Asia)
  9. China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS (Techcrunch)
  10. AT&T Completes Alltel Acquisition (Yahoo Finance)
  11. Canadian Internet Provider Rogers Buys Mountain Cablevision, Wireless Spectrum Licenses From Shaw (Techcrunch)
  12. Can’t get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident (The Register)
  13. Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Confirms Intermec Inc. (IN) Acquisition For About $600 Million (Pulse2.0)
  14. Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot In $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry (Techcrunch)
  15. Cadence to Acquire Tensilica (Market Wire)
  16. Cisco Is Buying Ubiquisys For $310M For A Big Move Into Mobile Coverage With Femtocells And Small Cells (Techcrunch)
  17. Pace PLC Pace acquisition of Aurora Networks, Inc. (The Wall Street Journal)
  18. Synaptics moves into fingerprint ID with $255M purchase of startup Validity (Venture Beat)
  19. M2 Telecommunications acquires ISP Dodo for A$203.9m and junior telco Eftel for A$44.1m, 5*FY14 EBITDA (Australian Technology Transactions)
  20. Cisco Acquires Composite Software for $180,000,000 (Xconomy)

Top 20 Hardware & Infrastructure Deals for October 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $130,000,000,000 Verizon Wireless Verizon Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
2 $24,900,000,000 Dell Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $7,200,000,000 Molex Koch Industries Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $7,170,000,000 Nokia Microsoft Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $2,700,000,000 Sourcefire Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $1,900,000,000 Verizon Wireless AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
7 $1,000,000,000 Blackberry Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
8 $865,000,000 AXIS Axiata Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
9 $810,000,000 Beidou China Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
10 $780,000,000 Alltel AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
11 $710,000,000 Mountain Cablevision Rogers Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
12 $685,000,000 Virident Western Digital Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
13 $600,000,000 Intermec Honeywell International Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
14 $403,000,000 MakerBot Stratasys Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
15 $380,000,000 Tensilica Cadence Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
16 $310,000,000 Ubiquisys Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
17 $310,000,000 Aurora Networks Pace PLC Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
18 $255,000,000 Validity Synaptics Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
19 $198,630,000 ISP Dodo M2 Telecommunications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
20 $180,000,000 Composite Software Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Investment

More information

  1. Verizon Takes Full Grip of Verizon Wireless in $130B Deal with Vodafone (Xconomy)
  2. Dell shareholders approve buyout by founder Michael Dell (BBC)
  3. Koch brothers move into electronics with $7.2 billion Molex deal (Reuters)
  4. Microsoft Enters Into $7.2B Deal To Buy Nokia’s Devices And Services Business And License Its Patents (TechCrunch)
  5. Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B (Techcrunch)
  6. AT&T Completes Acquisition of 700 MHz Spectrum from Verizon Wireless to Support 4G LTE (Market Watch Wall Street Journal)
  7. Here’s the full list of companies that invested $1 billion into BlackBerry, plus interim CEO has a base salary of $1 million (Mobile Syrup)
  8. Malaysia’s Axiata boosts Indonesia business with $865 million acquisition of AXIS (Tech In Asia)
  9. China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS (Techcrunch)
  10. AT&T Completes Alltel Acquisition (Yahoo Finance)
  11. Canadian Internet Provider Rogers Buys Mountain Cablevision, Wireless Spectrum Licenses From Shaw (Techcrunch)
  12. Can’t get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident (The Register)
  13. Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Confirms Intermec Inc. (IN) Acquisition For About $600 Million (Pulse2.0)
  14. Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot In $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry (Techcrunch)
  15. Cadence to Acquire Tensilica (Market Wire)
  16. Cisco Is Buying Ubiquisys For $310M For A Big Move Into Mobile Coverage With Femtocells And Small Cells (Techcrunch)
  17. Pace PLC Pace acquisition of Aurora Networks, Inc. (The Wall Street Journal)
  18. Synaptics moves into fingerprint ID with $255M purchase of startup Validity (Venture Beat)
  19. M2 Telecommunications acquires ISP Dodo for A$203.9m and junior telco Eftel for A$44.1m, 5*FY14 EBITDA (Australian Technology Transactions)
  20. Cisco Acquires Composite Software for $180,000,000 (Xconomy)

Top 20 Acquisitions for October 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $130,000,000,000 Verizon Wireless Verizon Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
2 $24,900,000,000 Dell Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $7,200,000,000 Molex Koch Industries Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $7,170,000,000 Nokia Microsoft Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $2,700,000,000 Sourcefire Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $1,900,000,000 91 Wireless Baidu Mobile & Apps Acquisition
7 $1,900,000,000 Verizon Wireless (select assets) AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
8 $1,100,000,000 Tumblr Yahoo Media Acquisition
9 $1,100,000,000 Waze Google Mobile & Apps Acquisition
10 $1,000,000,000 Climate Corporation Monsanto Transactions Acquisition
11 $865,000,000 AXIS Axiata Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
12 $800,000,000 Trusteer IBM Software & Services Acquisition
13 $800,000,000 Braintree Ebay Transactions Acquisition
14 $780,000,000 Alltel AT&T Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
15 $710,000,000 Mountain Cablevision Rogers Communications Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
16 $685,000,000 Virident Western Digital Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
17 $600,000,000 Neolane Adobe Marketing Acquisition
18 $600,000,000 TSL Education TPG Media Acquisition
19 $600,000,000 Intermec Honeywell International Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
20 $491,940,000 Ogone Ingenico Transactions Acquisition

More information

  1. Verizon Takes Full Grip of Verizon Wireless in $130B Deal with Vodafone (Xconomy)
  2. Dell shareholders approve buyout by founder Michael Dell (BBC)
  3. Koch brothers move into electronics with $7.2 billion Molex deal (Reuters)
  4. Microsoft Enters Into $7.2B Deal To Buy Nokia’s Devices And Services Business And License Its Patents (TechCrunch)
  5. Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B (Techcrunch)
  6. Baidu Agrees To Buy Chinese Android App Distributor 91 Wireless For $1.9B (Techcrunch)
  7. AT&T Completes Acquisition of 700 MHz Spectrum from Verizon Wireless to Support 4G LTE (Market Watch Wall Street Journal)
  8. Confirmed: Yahoo! Acquires Tumblr for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  9. Google Bought Waze For $1.1B, Giving A Social Data Boost To Its Mapping Business (Techcrunch)
  10. Monsanto’s feast: $1B Climate Corp acquisition shows the world is turning into 1s and 0s (Pandodaily)
  11. Malaysia’s Axiata boosts Indonesia business with $865 million acquisition of AXIS (Tech In Asia)
  12. IBM Buys Israel/US Cybersecurity Specialist Trusteer For $800M-$1B (TechCrunch)
  13. EBay’s PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash (TechCrunch)
  14. AT&T Completes Alltel Acquisition (Yahoo Finance)
  15. Canadian Internet Provider Rogers Buys Mountain Cablevision, Wireless Spectrum Licenses From Shaw (Techcrunch)
  16. Can’t get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident (The Register)
  17. Adobe Acquires Conversational Marketing Platform Neolane For $600M In Cash To Bolster Its Marketing Cloud (Techcrunch)
  18. TPG Buys TSL, Owner Of The TES Connect Education Network, For Around $600M (Techcrunch)
  19. Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Confirms Intermec Inc. (IN) Acquisition For About $600 Million (Pulse2.0)
  20. Ingenico Agrees To Acquire European Online Payment Services Provider, Ogone, For €360M To Build Out Multi-Channel Payments Strategy (Techcrunch)