A few weeks ago, Yahoo made headlines when it acquired Summly, a startup run by a 17-year-old CEO namedÂ Nick D’AloisioÂ for $30 million.
Summly is a news aggregation app.
Here is why:
Now we’ve learned another piece of information that makes the deal stranger.Â
Not only did the Summly team not invent the app’s technology, they also did not build the app. A company called Somo did. Somo is “the UK’s largest independent mobile marketing agency.”Â It just raised a bunch of money.
So here is what Yahoo did: It “aqui-hired” a team of people, led by a 17-year-old living in London, that cannot claim to have invented a cool technology OR to have built a cool app. Yahoo does own the technology SRI invented for Summly, but it doesn’t own SRI, so it hasn’t acquired the team that can scale the technology for Yahoo.
Anyway, $30 million is not a lot of money for Yahoo, and this story is getting a little old, so we’re kind of beating a dead horse. But still. What a strange acquisition.
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