This was a crazy weekend for Canadian startup acquisitions.
First there was Bumptop announced their acquisition by Google. There is StandOutJobs.com being acquired by an unnamed company. Now Ottawa-based dna13 has been acquired by CNW Group. Read the Social Media Release for more details
“This acquisition reinvents the newswire and we’re terribly excited about it. It’s of benefit to our clients because we’re taking dna13’s technology platform, which is best-in-class, and marrying it with CNW’s suite of offerings. For the first time we’ll be providing an end-to-end solution that will really allow communicators to manage every facet of the communications process. Everything from creating content; targeting your message; distributing your news and information; understanding how that information is being received by your audience to further refining your message and developing metrics. That will all be available to CNW clients in one, single platform.”
– Carolyn McGill-Davidson, President and CEO, CNW Group
This makes a lot of sense since CNW Group is a reseller of the dna13 platform under the MediaVantage brand. No details about the purchase price have been disclosed.
Looking at the cached Board of Directors page we find:
- Our good friend, Howard Gwin, now of Bridgescale Partners.
- Thomas Birch, Propulsion Ventures
- Pierre-André Meunier, Celtic House Venture Partners
We can hope that this was another 10 banger for a Canadian startup.