Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Year In Online Video Deals And What To Expect In 2011

With the recent rumor that Google?s YouTube unit was looking at acquiring video content company Next New Networks, it?s clear that anything can happen in the rapidly growing online video space.� While some are shocked to see that Google may cross over and own content, the rumor does sound plausible. Loaded with nearly $25M in venture financing, it?s not quite the initial public offering that some of their investors were hoping for, but let?s face it, an exit to Google is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, while you can blame Sarbanes Oxley or a lack of credible initial public offering (IPO) candidates, it is likely that 2011 will come and go with very few, if any, major liquidity events in the public markets for online video startups.� As such, the most likely path to liquidity for venture capitalists (VCs) remains mergers and acquisitions (M&A).� With VCs having invested in so many online video startups and industry revenues still not matching the lofty expectations that whet VCs appetites in the first place, a lot of boards will cash out in 2011 when buyers come knocking.


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