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Another day, another Yahoo (YHOO) acqui-hire is announced. The target this time is mobile game...

Another day, another Yahoo (YHOO) acqui-hire is announced. The target this time is mobile game developer Loki Studios, whose engineering team will be joining Yahoo. Surveying the non-stop purchases, Pando Daily's Erin Griffith declares Yahoo has become "a safe haven for VC rejects." Specifically, consumer-facing startups featuring "talented teams of fewer than 10 employees," but which lack "any truly notable traction," and have been unable to obtain a Series A funding round. (yesterday)
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  • sgarg05
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    No doubt this strategy is far better than what mery yang and co was doing ie trying to build everything by themselves but Marissa Mayer must play bigger gamble than buying VC rejected startups to revive Yahoo!
    10 May 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • DoctoRx
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    Maybe. Yahoo can partner with most of the companies your linked (and interesting) article names. FWIW my take is that the Street "gets" Marissa's strategy and keeps repricing the stock on up as it sees this acqui-hires get done, so she has convinced the deciders-in-chief the company is turning in the right direction.
    10 May 2013, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • adsmith
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    @t sgarg05..I'm thinking we are past the reviving part of Yahoo, as it appears Ms. Mayer is turning loose dogs now. Hulu's the gamble, but still cheaper than Netflix. Watch for something big to happen with Apple in the not so distant future.
    10 May 2013, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • forkin
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    The characterization -- small groups of <10, "VC rejects," etc. -- is unfair, if not inaccurate, as many Yahoo acquisitions have had investors.
    11 May 2013, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    What she means is the companies weren't able to obtain a Series A funding round from VCs (and thus had to look for a buyer), not that they didn't receive any funding.
    12 May 2013, 12:55 AM Reply Like
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