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Weekly Featured Company: Google DeepMind

Founded Headquarters Sector Employees Revenue Total Investment Recent Investment
2011 Mountainview, California Software & Services 75
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The future of AI?

Despite the warnings of Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates about the potential dangers of machine superintelligence, Google recently announced that its DeepMind division is accelerating its efforts in Artificial Intelligence or AI. Google DeepMind has recently partnered with the renowned Oxford University for AI research. Google acquired UK-based DeepMind in 2014 for more than $500 million. Founded by neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, a former child prodigy in chess, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind is a formidable player in the AI community. The company specializes in an advance form of Machine Learning called Reinforcement Learning. In a nutshell, Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a branch of AI that allows software to learn by interacting with its environment. Rather than acting from what it has been explicitly taught, the software or RL agent learns from the consequences of its actions and selects its actions based on past experiences and new choices. A numerical reward signal is provided to encode the success of the action’s outcome. This week, Google DeepMind announced that they have developed AI software capable of learning to play video games just by watching them. The software scored highly against its human opponents in Atari games such as Video Pinball, Boxing and Breakout.

 

Top 20 Software & Services Deals for December 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
2 $2,500,000,000 Compuware Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
3 $930,000,000 TravelClick Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
4 $925,000,000 Exact Apax Partners Software & Services Acquisition
5 $900,000,000 Cloudera Intel Corporation Software & Services Investment
6 $752,000,000 iParadigms Insight Venture Partners Software & Services Acquisition
7 $575,000,000 Financial Software and Systems Premji Invest Software & Services Investment
8 $542,000,000 Magic Leap Consortium Software & Services Investment
9 $500,000,000 Skybox Imaging Google Software & Services Acquisition
10 $500,000,000 Newmarket International Amadeus Software & Services Acquisition
11 $500,000,000 DeepMind Google Software & Services Acquisition
12 $493,300,000 Clear2Pay FIS Software & Services Acquisition
13 $445,000,000 Rocket Internet PLDT Software & Services Investment
14 $444,200,000 Palantir Technologies Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
15 $420,000,000 Blackbird Techologies Raytheon Software & Services Acquisition
16 $390,000,000 RelateIQ Salesforce Software & Services Acquisition
17 $337,000,000 Quintiq Dassualt Systemes Software & Services Acquisition
18 $325,000,000 Dropbox Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
19 $310,000,000 BeyondTrust Veritas Capital Software & Services Acquisition
20 $290,000,000 Parago Blackhawk Network Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  2. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  3. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)
  4. Apax-Linked Funds to Acquire Dutch Software Maker for $925 Million (NY Times Dealbook)
  5. Cloudera raises $900 million, plots expansion (ZDNet)
  6. Acquisition of iParadigms for $752 Million Led by Insight Venture Partners (Turnitin)
  7. Financial Software and Systems Secures $57M in Fourth Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Magic Leap Completes $542m Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  9. Google Buys Satellite Company Skybox Imaging For $500 Million (Business Insider)
  10. Amadeus acquires Newmarket International (Amadeus)
  11. Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind For More Than $500M (TechCrunch)
  12. FIS to Acquire Clear2Pay to Expand Global Payments Business (Wall Street Journal)
  13. PLDT Invests $445M In Rocket Internet To Develop Online Payment Services For Emerging Markets (TechCrunch)
  14. Palantir receives $444.2M private equity funding (SEC.GOV)
  15. Raytheon Acquires Blackbird Techologies for $420 Million (Wall Street Journal)
  16. Salesforce acquisition of RelateIQ a CRM game-changer (Investment News)
  17. Dassualt Systemes to acquire Dutch firm Quintiq for $337 million (The Economic Times)
  18. Dropbox Raises $325M in Funding, SEC Filing Reveals (FinSMEs)
  19. Veritas Capital Agrees to Acquire BeyondTrust for $310 Million (Bloomberg)
  20. Blackhawk Network Acquires Parago for $290M (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Software & Services Deals for November 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
2 $2,500,000,000 Compuware Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
3 $930,000,000 TravelClick Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
4 $925,000,000 Exact Apax Partners Software & Services Acquisition
5 $900,000,000 Cloudera Intel Corporation Software & Services Investment
6 $752,000,000 iParadigms Insight Venture Partners Software & Services Acquisition
7 $575,000,000 Financial Software and Systems Premji Invest Software & Services Investment
8 $542,000,000 Magic Leap Consortium Software & Services Investment
9 $500,000,000 DeepMind Google Software & Services Acquisition
10 $500,000,000 Newmarket International Amadeus Software & Services Acquisition
11 $500,000,000 Skybox Imaging Google Software & Services Acquisition
12 $493,300,000 Clear2Pay FIS Software & Services Acquisition
13 $445,000,000 Rocket Internet PLDT Software & Services Investment
14 $444,200,000 Palantir Technologies Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
15 $420,000,000 Blackbird Techologies Raytheon Software & Services Acquisition
16 $390,000,000 RelateIQ Salesforce Software & Services Acquisition
17 $337,000,000 Quintiq Dassualt Systemes Software & Services Acquisition
18 $325,000,000 Dropbox Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
19 $310,000,000 BeyondTrust Veritas Capital Software & Services Acquisition
20 $290,000,000 Parago Blackhawk Network Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  2. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  3. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)
  4. Apax-Linked Funds to Acquire Dutch Software Maker for $925 Million (NY Times Dealbook)
  5. Cloudera raises $900 million, plots expansion (ZDNet)
  6. Acquisition of iParadigms for $752 Million Led by
    Insight Venture Partners (Turnitin)
  7. Financial Software and Systems Secures $57M in Fourth Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Magic Leap Completes $542m Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  9. Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind For More Than $500M (TechCrunch)
  10. Amadeus acquires Newmarket International (Amadeus)
  11. Google Buys Satellite Company Skybox Imaging For $500 Million (Business Insider)
  12. FIS to Acquire Clear2Pay to Expand Global Payments Business (Wall Street Journal)
  13. PLDT Invests $445M In Rocket Internet To Develop Online Payment Services For Emerging Markets (TechCrunch)
  14. Palantir receives $444.2M private equity funding (SEC.GOV)
  15. Raytheon Acquires Blackbird Techologies for $420 Million (Wall Street Journal)
  16. Salesforce acquisition of RelateIQ a CRM game-changer (Investment News)
  17. Dassualt Systemes to acquire Dutch firm Quintiq for $337 million (The Economic Times)
  18. Dropbox Raises $325M in Funding, SEC Filing Reveals (FinSMEs)
  19. Veritas Capital Agrees to Acquire BeyondTrust for $310 Million (Bloomberg)
  20. Blackhawk Network Acquires Parago for $290M (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Software & Services Deals for 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
2 $930,000,000 TravelClick Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
3 $752,000,000 iParadigms Insight Venture Partners Software & Services Acquisition
4 $500,000,000 DeepMind Google Software & Services Acquisition
5 $500,000,000 Skybox Imaging Google Software & Services Acquisition
6 $445,000,000 Rocket Internet PLDT Software & Services Investment
7 $390,000,000 RelateIQ Salesforce Software & Services Acquisition
8 $337,000,000 Quintiq Dassualt Systemes Software & Services Acquisition
9 $325,000,000 Dropbox Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
10 $270,000,000 Ooyala Telstra Software & Services Acquisition
11 $256,000,000 PetHub Altivia Ventures Software & Services Investment
12 $250,000,000 Dropbox BlackRock Software & Services Investment
13 $250,000,000 Campaign Monitor Insight Venture Partners Software & Services Investment
14 $225,000,000 Pure Storage Consortium Software & Services Investment
15 $200,000,000 Cyvera Palo Alto Networks Software & Services Acquisition
16 $175,000,000 Inktank Red Hat Software & Services Acquisition
17 $175,000,000 Bizo LinkedIn Software & Services Acquisition
18 $175,000,000 Tail-f Systems Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
19 $170,000,000 Axeda PTC Software & Services Acquisition
20 $160,000,000 Cloudera Consortium Software & Services Investment

More information

  1. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  2. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)
  3. Acquisition of iParadigms for $752 Million Led by Insight Venture Partners (Turnitin)
  4. Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind For More Than $500M (TechCrunch)
  5. Google Buys Satellite Company Skybox Imaging For $500 Million (Business Insider)
  6. PLDT Invests $445M In Rocket Internet To Develop Online Payment Services For Emerging Markets (TechCrunch)
  7. Salesforce acquisition of RelateIQ a CRM game-changer (Investment News)
  8. Dassualt Systemes to acquire Dutch firm Quintiq for $337 million (The Economic Times)
  9. Dropbox Raises $325M in Funding, SEC Filing Reveals (FinSMEs)
  10. Australian Telco Telstra Acquires Video Distribution Startup Ooyala (TechCrunch)
  11. PetHub Receives R$600m Investment (em português) (Lavca.org)
  12. Dropbox Raises $250M; Valued at $10Billion (FinSMEs)
  13. Campaign Monitor partners with Insight Venture Partners (Campaign Monitor)
  14. Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation (Recode)
  15. Palo Alto Networks Acquires Cyvera for $200M (FinSMEs)
  16. Inktank Acquired For $175M By Red Hat (Socaltech)
  17. LinkedIn to Acquire Bizo for $175M (FinSMEs)
  18. Cisco acquires Stockholm, Sweden-based networking tech firm Tail-f Systems for $175 million (TechEU)
  19. PTC announces Axeda acquisition for IoT push, posts solid Q2 (ZDNet)
  20. Cloudera Closes $160M Financing (FinSMEs)