92 Comments

Summary:

Updated: TechCrunch just reported that StumbleUpon is in talks to being acquired with AOL, Google and eBay as possible suitors. Though we have not been able to chat with folks from StumbleUpon, the social bookmarking discovery service, we have heard that eBay is the likely winner […]

Updated: TechCrunch just reported that StumbleUpon is in talks to being acquired with AOL, Google and eBay as possible suitors. Though we have not been able to chat with folks from StumbleUpon, the social bookmarking discovery service, we have heard that eBay is the likely winner of the derby. I have not been able to confirm if they initialed the documents.If true, then this is the second time Google and eBay have tussled over a start-up – the last one being Skype. TechCrunch says the price is in the $40-to-$75 million range, though we heard it is closer to the $40-$45 million. Again, it is not confirmed, and so treat the price tag as a rumor. StumbleUpon has raised close to $1.5 million in seed financing.

Its recent expansion into Video has helped boost the company’s traffic numbers in recent months. It has a unique business model: it embeds sponsor-sites in some of its search results, which provides better returns for advertisers since it lands on a sponsors page instead of users having to click on an ad – be it a banner or a link

In case you were wondering why, here are my reasons:

Look at this from the toolbar-and-Skype lens. StumbleUpon makes a toolbar that provides collaborative serendipity to find web sites. The toolbar, if you ask StumbleUpon users provides more useful and productive results, than say Google.

By marrying the toolbar to Skype client, eBay can do an end run around Google’s dominance of the search business. A simple search box inside Skype client is all it would take. It is not that far fetched: Skype has been slowly integrating various different services (including PayPal) into its client, and slowly becoming eBay’s desktop backdoor.

Now this is just a hypothesis, and I would love to hear what you folks have to say about the logic behind this deal.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. eBay spending under $100M? I can’t believe it.

  2. That indeed is funny. but not bad for the guys – who started this company.

  3. Sounds great, except I am not sure how scalable SU’s model is, especially with only a handful of rigidly defined categories (=topics).

    How many “music” or “sci/tech” sites would you need to “stumble upon” to something that you REALLY like? A lot, I think.

    Therefore, I doubt that by incorporating something like this in Skype, eBay can really do anything to challenge Google’s dominance.

    But I agree it would be nice to see something working here.

  4. I’m just not sure how they are going to implement StumbleUpon into their current business model (or if they think StumbleUpon will make an ROI on its own?).

    I would be a little worried if I was a major stock holder; they really didn’t do anything with the monster Skype acquisition, and now this (although, it is a pretty low-ball value).

    Perhaps there is something bigger going on… Maybe eBay is really using these social services to aggregate user relationships so that they could eventually be applied to their auction site (i.e. recommending products based on your network).

    Anyway, congrats to StumbleUpon!

  5. While I have been an BIG admirer of StumbleUpon since before Del.icio.us & Digg came along, I do not agree with the the statement that their business model provides better returns for advertsiers

    Yes you get more unique visits, but
    when a person clicks an ad they are much more likely to spend time on the site it takes them to vs. StumbleUpon where they are shown a paid placement site in the middle of exploring one site after the next in a Stumble Stroll. The user shown the paid site they may not even spend 5 seconds on the site before they are off.

    This may be fine for awareness advertising, but not for registration drives or calls to actions. We have a 5 out of 5 StumbleUpon rating, but it still led to very few new users … just very brief, one-time uniques.

  6. Om–Given how it operates and what it provides, I; probably like most; initially pictured a Yahoo, FIM, Microsoft, AOL, or Google picking up a property like this…but your analysis makes sense.

    Demonstrates again that–done right–valuable pieces of search monster (“All your data are belong to us”) Google really can be siphoned off by others…

    As an aside, it’s fascinating to watch the Internet “big boys” (and those trying to join them) find reasons to cooperate and work together when and where it makes sense…compete vigorously when it doesn’t…and even sue each other when they believe grounds to do so exist…and, often, all at the same time.

    Hard to think of any other industries operating in this manner (per chance they’re missing something by not doing so?).

    When individuals go through such gyrations and machinations, we give them labels like “bi-polar” and “schizophrenic”…yet when companies do the same thing, we call them…wise, smart, and prescient.

    Fascinating.

  7. I love the small round raised

    My prediction is that some sophomore from Cal State Fullerton is gonna ramp for less than $50k and sell something for $50mm

  8. Is eBay Acquiring StumbleUpon? | Marketing Pilgrim Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] TechCrunch and GigaOm are reporting on rumors that popular toolbar social network StumbleUpon has signed a deal to be [...]

  9. Anyone from SU reading this? I got the next version of your dream. contact me.

  10. One hint to eBay’s strategy is that they just announced they would allow sellers to link to videos hosted on approved sites (YouTube, MySpace Video, etc) and Video is the drive behind Stumble Upon’s recent growth. I also agree with you Om that’s it all about the toolbar.

  11. Mark Evans – eBay Stumbles on StumbleUpon Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] I don’t get it but, then again, I didn’t get eBay acquiring Skype so what do I know. Om Malik suggests eBay could turn jump-start Skype by bolting on StumbleUpon’s toolbar, which lets you [...]

  12. Maple Leaf 2.0 – eBay Stumbles on StumbleUpon Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] I don’t get it but, then again, I didn’t get eBay acquiring Skype so what do I know. Om Malik suggests eBay could turn jump-start Skype by bolting on StumbleUpon’s toolbar, which lets you [...]

  13. eBay compra StumbleUpon « Ondas, cables, luces, cacharritos y cachivaches Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] y el lanzamiento de StumbleUpon Video seguro que lo ha acelerado, pero el caso es que TechCrunch y Om, anuncian que eBay se acaba de comprar [...]

  14. eBay and StumbleUpon: don’t get it » mathewingram.com/work Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] story first, but gives Om credit in an update for narrowing the alleged price range, while Om has an update that mentions Mike as having pinned the likely suitor down as [...]

  15. eBay kauft StumbleUpon?…

     :
    » + 40.000.000$ = «
    High-flying startup StumbleUpon has been rumored to be in acquisition discussions since at least last November. Recently we’ve heard that talks have heated up again, with Google, AOL and eBay as potential suitors. A source...
    
  16. Business 2.0 Beta Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    eBay Q1 ’07 Earnings: Live Coverage…

    eBay (EBAY) has announced first-quarter earnings. I’ll be blogging the conference call live once it starts at 2 p.m. Pacific. The stock, down more than 2 percent in today’s trading, has rebounded 6 percent after-hours. 1:21 p.m. Pacific: The numbers…

  17. Casey Carpenter Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    As an advertiser and a user I am not really happy about this. While stumble is not really good at driving leads, say software, it is great at driving awareness and brand loyalty, say fashion sites.

    I have had great success in their advertising model for certain clients though its not good for everyone.

    I dont care how this integrated into ebay. I care how ebay will use this property and what they do with it on its own.

  18. Search Engine Land: News About Search Engines & Search Marketing Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    StumbleUpon Acquired By eBay: “Just Rumors,” Says Founder…

    The blogosphere is abuzz with rumors that eBay is acquiring StumbleUpon, but they’re “just rumors,” Garrett Camp, one of StumbleUpon’s founders just told me on the phone. “There have been rumors before and that’s what they are now,” Camp said. O…

  19. Congrats to SU – this is great news.

  20. Om-
    I’m not a StumbleUpon user so this may be offbase, but it seems to me the concept would be more broadly applicable via the toolbar than to just websites. Specifically to auction items…this type of technology is fundamentally all about a unique approach to using metadata for personalization and would seem to have the potential to be a new twist on the Amazon “other users bought X” and could be potentially usable across eBay’s core business. Which if you believe it would drive up purchases/spending would make it a pretty easy bet for them with the search angle as essentially just option value. Thoughts?

  21. eBay and StumbleUpon: 8 Reasons Why Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] them, Gigaom and Techcrunch have pretty much nailed down the fact that eBay is looking to acquire the social [...]

  22.   Rumor: eBay Acquiring StumbleUpon by Betaflow Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] from TechCrunch says a term sheet with eBay has already been signed. Estimates from Mike and Om Malik place the price between $40 and $75 [...]

  23. proxieslist.net Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] them, Gigaom and Techcrunch have pretty much nailed down the fact that eBay is looking to acquire the social [...]

  24. [sorry to have bugged your layout with my trackback.]
    i dont know if the toolbar, skype or the datamine of interest and profiles are the key here. the combination with shopping.com, ebay express or plain ebay with the rating and discovery means of SU sounds interesting, too.

  25. Cotiso – Bani pe net » » Zvon: Ebay cumpara StumbleUpon Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] are un articol in care zice de ce crede ca EBay vrea StumbleUpon: By marrying the toolbar to Skype client, eBay [...]

  26. » eBay to Acquire StumbleUpon for $40-45M? || Pulse 2.0: Web 2.0 Reviews & Profiles || » Blog Archive Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] is rumored to be in talks of an acquisition with eBay.  According to both GigaOm and TechCrunch, Google and AOL are other potential suitors as well.  The amount is rumored to be [...]

  27. » eBay to Acquire StumbleUpon for $40-45M? || Pulse 2.0: Web 2.0 Reviews & Profiles || » Blog Archive Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] is rumored to be in talks of an acquisition with eBay.  According to both GigaOm and TechCrunch, Google and AOL are other potential suitors as well.  The amount is rumored to be [...]

  28. It is all about aggregation of explicit user “attention” data, and eventually behavioral targeting.
    Congratulations to StumbleUpon’s founders and their investors, an awesome outcome.

  29. TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » eBayがStumbleUpon買収に王手 Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] GigaOm がさっき$40~45Mと報じた) [...]

  30. Stumble upon to be acquired for $45 M by eBay « PitSharing – Florent Pitoun’s blog Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] 2.0 star is acquired by one of the giants. The news is rapidly spreading over Techcrunch & GigaOM and the amount seems to be around $45 million… Not too bad for a company that has only raised [...]

  31. I can’t imagine Google would let any serious strategic threat get away for $40M.

    Or $1.6B for that matter.

  32. eBay acquisition of StumbleUpon for $40-80M… · Robin Majumdar Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] The news is racing over at TechCrunch and the usual serious M&A news sites (including GigaOM)… [...]

  33. Nice position for StumbleUpon founders to be in. What price will these companies be prepared to pay? I see that Google might be coming up with there own version of StumbleUpon so perhaps eBay will end up aquiring it.

  34. Post number 1 « TestingTesting Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] a term sheet with eBay to be acquired. The price is somewhere between $40 – $75 million. (update: GigaOm is now reporting the price at a $40 – $45 [...]

  35. You’re probably right – Integrate it into the skype client and give google a run for their money.

    Here is another possibility.

    http://tinyurl.com/3cppte

  36. Robin Majumdar Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Interesting… I like the theory that they are aggregating client-side tools to virally drive traffic to eBay through tools such as Skype and SU Toolbar.

    I seriously think that eBay is doing these pre-emptive acquisitions to keep other players (i.e. GOOG & MSFT) out of the game… and “figure out” what to do with the acquired technology (or eyeballs) at a later date. Witness the delay in integrating Skype into eBay…

    We (still) live in fascinating and thrilling times.

  37. Marshall Kirkpatrick Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    This is SO exciting! I sure hope they don’t mess it up! There’s a lot of parallels with the MyBlogLog acquisition – StumbleUpon’s just more lovable and took far longer to get bought. Not so distant cousins as services though. I love SU video!

  38. I think this would be a great aquisition by ebay.

    StumbleUpon has the ability to greatly approve the ebay user experience when integrated into ebay’s on site search engine. User’s could in effect ‘window shop’ ebay (shopping on ebay is in itself a hobby/recreational activity for many) and all pages/products a user would stumbleUpon would be pre-screened according to the user’s interests.

    Indeed in a longer time frame, integration of stumbleupon technology combined with ebay’s own search technology and skype could eventually produce a search product superior to Google, and most importantly more user friendly.

    Very interesting.

  39. @ Nivi…

    or 3.1 Billion for that matter.

  40. Hitchhiker’s Guide to 650 Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Whats eBay to do with StumbleUpon?…

    The blogosphere likes to report rumors as facts and edit post title accodingly in real-time as information changes. Om has some coverage (with the required hedging) while techcrunch is not hedging at all.
    I have some random thoughts, not very coheren...
    
  41. CACTOS 仙人掌的博客 » Blog Archive » [小道消息]eBay要收购StumbleUpon了 Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] 来自techcrunch的消息。关于StumbleUpon被收购的传言早在去年11月就开始了,最近这一收购传言又再度生温。这一收购牵扯到Google、AOL和eBay。一个了解这桩收购消息来源指出这家公司已经签订协议将被eBay收购。GigaOm报道收购价格大约在$40 – $45 million。 [...]

  42. eBay Acquires StumbleUpon? » Webomatica – tech, movies, music blog Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] mark as there’s no official word from either company, but usually, a post from TechCrunch or GigaOM means it’s a safe [...]

  43. Stumble from within Skype future and Google competively rolls the bones » Make You Go Hmm Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] the price which Techcrunch is reported could be in the $40-70 million range and GigaOm thinks it is $40-45 million. Om Malik also is thinking along a Skype + SU sweet union: By marrying the [...]

  44. eBay to Acquire StumbleUpon Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] that eBay is most likely to win. The price is rumored to be somewhere around $40 – $75 million, but GigaOM heard it close to $40-$45 [...]

  45. Basic Thinking Blog » Gerücht: ebay kauft StumbleUpon für 40-75 Mio USD Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] GigaOm und Pronet [...]

  46. Sramana Mitra Thursday, April 19, 2007

    For a long time, I have believed that eBay should have spent money on advertising venue oriented companies, and thought that the Skype acquisition was a stupid move. Only now, it seems to me that eBay’s leadership is coming to the same conclusion! Read the rest of my thesis.

  47. HotRSSsite – For your RSS Feed Needs » Blog Archive » eBay acquiring StumbleUpon for $40-45 Million? Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] View: Full Story @ Techcrunch Link: More Information @ GigaOM [...]

  48. Sta eBay comprando StumbleUpon? | Stalkk.ed Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] che eBay stia per acquisire StumbleUpon. Si tratta di rumors riportati ieri da TechCrunch e GigaOm. Il prezzo dell’acquisizione si aggirerebbe intorno ai 40-45 milioni di dollari. Mashable [...]

  49. Интернетные штучки » StumbleUpon – еще одна громкая сделка? Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] стартап StumbleUpon готовится к продаже. В очереди, как пишет Gigaom, выстроились Google и AOL, но наиболее вероятный [...]

  50. Monetise Your Blog With An Ebay-StumbleUpon Widget at Idea Tagging Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] the possible acquisition of StumbleUpon by eBay, the most popular appearing to be from TechCrunch, GigaOm and Mashable. Some of these posts suggest plausible reasons for the acquisition but none that I [...]

  51. BlogWorks » Blog Archive » StumbleUpon snatched up by ebay Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] for ebay. As a user of stumbleupon it is a great tool to discover sites that you normally wouldnt. Reports are that ebay paid $40-$45 million for [...]

  52. » Ebay to integrate StumbleUpon into Skype? Probably the other way around… – Deluzions of Grandeur Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] plans to buy StumbleUpon according to Om, who asks if eBay might want to integrate StumbleUpon search-like technology into the Skype [...]

  53. Hmm, actually, I think it’s the other way around (skype into stumbleupon). The toolbar is the distribution point, not the desktop app.

    More thoughts:
    http://www.deluzions.com/20070419/ebay-to-integrate-stumbleupon-into-skype-probably-the-other-way-around

  54. [...] Why eBay wants Stumbleupon [...]

  55. JDsBlog » Blog Archive » StumbleUpon – The Story Behind The $45M Buyout Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] I see news like the $45 million StumbleUpon Acquisition, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Right in front of our eyes, a young [...]

  56. Warum StumbleUpon von eBay gekauft und von Google kopiert wird Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] GigaOM wird die Preisspanne mit 40 bis 45 Millionen angegeben. Außerdem hat Malik sich Gedanken gemacht [...]

  57. Charles Hudson’s Weblog » Blog Archive » eBay and StumbleUpon? I Just Don’t Get It Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] of the things I read on GigaOm — it’s one of my favorite blogs. However, in reading the logic in why eBay and StumbleUpon makes sense, I just don’t get it. I am a big StumbleUpon fan – [...]

  58. Whether or not, eBay acquires Stumbleupon, I think the time has come for more market-specific specialized/intuitive search tools. These yield better results for specific market segments (as opposed to the generic results that Google spits out) and have more credibility as these search results have been vetted by other users. I think I’ve heard this mentioned here before, Google’s dominance in search won’t be threatened by head-on competition but rather by specialized search tools that will slowly chip away at its marketshare.

  59. Torrential Web Dev Thursday, April 19, 2007

    eBay Acquires StumbleUpon…

    The big news of the day appears to be eBay acquiring StumbleUpon. A fair question is to ask why. To me it doesn’t really make sense. Om Malik at GigaOM has an interesting take though

    By marrying the [StumbleUpon] toolbar to Skype client, eBay ca…

  60. Greg Isaacs’ Weblog Thursday, April 19, 2007

    eBay and StumbleUpon…

    According to TechCrunch, eBay is in talks to acquire StumbleUpon. While this could be great news for my former ……

  61. Stumbleupon acquisition by eBay: ridiculous? « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] will eBay do with Stumbleupon? Om Malik, at dinner last night, told me he thinks this purchase is scaring Google more than any other. He notices that Google added a similar service to StumbleUpon to its toolbar. [...]

  62. Interesting idea, Om. However, I believe there are better ways for eBay to test the viability of such a concept. I wrote about it here:
    http://blog.greg.isaacs.com/blog/_archives/2007/4/19/2892244.html

  63. Round of links 1 at Charl Norman dot com Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] Acquiring StumbleUpon, The price is somewhere between $40 – $75 million. (update: GigaOm is now reporting the price at a $40 – $45 [...]

  64. Get A New Browser » Blog Archive » Ehh Hemm, Bubble Anyone? Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] According to Om Malik, here is why eBay would benefit from such a purpose: By marrying the toolbar to Skype client, eBay can do an end run around Google’s dominance of the search business. A simple search box inside Skype client is all it would take. It is not that far fetched: Skype has been slowly integrating various different services (including PayPal) into its client, and slowly becoming eBay’s desktop backdoor. [...]

  65. Veronica Montero Thursday, April 19, 2007

    I tend to agree with Taylor Barada’s comment here. For a long time I’ve thought that one of eBay’s major pitfalls is not having a comparison shopping feature. I think they would benefit from user reviews of products that are being sold and something a-la-Amazon would be a first step, where potential shoppers/bidders are given information about a product based on the selling history of a particular item. ‘People who bought this also bought this’ for a related category. This feature makes easier sense for eBay stores but I’m curious to see if they can use SU to enhance their bidding experience as well.

  66. ShanKri-la » Blog Archive » StumbleUpon acquisition by eBay and Google’s Reply Thursday, April 19, 2007

    [...] has signed a term sheet with eBay to be acquired for somewhere between $40 and $75 million. GigaOM has aired about Google and eBay tussling over an acquisition for the second time. The first time [...]

  67. Pick the Brain: Critical Thinking on Society, Culture, and Other Human Issues Thursday, April 19, 2007

    StumbleUpon revokes Top Stumbler status for submitting pages from Digg and Reddit…

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or email updates. Thanks for visiting!Well, the StumbleUpon community has read my post on how to become a top user and started discussing my tactics.
    Also, I’ve been taken off the Top…

  68. StumbleUpon « Open Source Teddy Bears Friday, April 20, 2007

    [...] on StumbleUpon. GigaOM has insight on the Ebay [...]

  69. How about su ebay’s specific auctions?

  70. Dia de ganancias: eBay crece gracias a sus compras | Denken Über Friday, April 20, 2007

    [...] interesante que justo cuando se concreta la compra de StumbleUpon por parte de eBay, aparezca el reporte de ganancias trimestral de la empresa y casi [...]

  71. Startup Meme » eBay To Buy StumbleUpon, The Better AdSense The Better Digg Friday, April 27, 2007

    [...] you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to the RSS feed of Startup Meme. Techcrunch and GigaOm are reporting that eBay is about to close the acquisition of StumbleUpon, a very addictive social [...]

  72. I would propose that one of the other possiblilities is the use of StumbleUpon to help EBay buyers find items that they need but don’t know about based on their interests. Apply the StumbleUpon random search by category to the EBay index to help a user find items they may be interested. This would build bids across items while also minimizing keyword spamming in EBay headlines.

  73. GigaOM » That StumbleUpon-eBay thing again Tuesday, May 8, 2007

    [...] Techcrunch reported StumbleUpon was in play, fielding offers from many different suitors, and GigaOM reported that eBay was the one getting the deal done, Wall Street Journal is finally reporting that talks are at an advanced stage between eBay and [...]

  74. The Life Ledger » Blog Archive » StumbleUpon News and Links Wednesday, May 9, 2007

    [...] GigaOM has something similar to say: [...]

  75. What will eBay do with StumbleUpon? « PodTech Network Wednesday, May 9, 2007

    [...] into eBays framework, look at Scot Wingos post at eBay Strategies. Also don’t miss Om Maliks April-post on the potential deal from the toolbar-and-Skype lens. And if you don’t buy it, look at [...]

  76. Its most likely that eBay will acquire StumbleUpon. Sramana Mitra writes a series of articles on eBay’s acquisitions. Read more in her blog eBay’s Forays Into Media.

  77. Discussions of eBay’s $75 million StumbleUpon Bid Friday, May 11, 2007

    [...] GigaOM had the first feasible argument: “By marrying the toolbar to Skype client, eBay can do an end run around Google’s dominance of the search business. ” [...]

  78. » Here’s two ways eBay could integrate Skype with StumbleUpon | IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband | ZDNet.com Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    [...] Om thinks that Web site ratings service StumbleUpon- which supplies users with a toolbar (above) from which they can rate websites- could be integrated with Skype. [...]

  79. Seo Mumbai » eBay + StumbleUpon Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    [...] guru Om Malik over at GigaOm has an interesting hypothesis on eBay’s intentions for this social bookmarking tool: “By marrying the toolbar to a [...]

  80. GigaOM eBay to announce StumbleUpon buy today « Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    [...] of Stumble Upon after the close to markets today, according to informed sources. The news of a pending deal was first reported back in April 2007. The acquisition price is said to be $75 million. StumbleUpon [...]

  81. Yet Another Potential Acquisition « Systems Engineering and RDBMS Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    [...] Posted by decipherinfosys on May 30th, 2007 Looks like ebay is all set to acquire StumbleUpon (a social bookmarking discovery service) at the close of business today for close to $75 million. This seems like a weird acquisition but the hypothesis given by Om Malik does seem to make sense – you can read more on that in his blog post – here. [...]

  82. The Blogosphere In Uproar Over Slew of Major Announcements Thursday, May 31, 2007

    [...] By marrying the [StumbleUpon] toolbar to Skype client, eBay can do an end run around Google’s dominance of the search business. A simple search box inside Skype client is all it would take. It is not that far fetched: Skype has been slowly integrating various different services (including PayPal) into its client, and slowly becoming eBay’s desktop backdoor. – GigaOM [...]

  83. Brainplugg Channels » eBay to announce StumbleUpon buy today Monday, June 4, 2007

    [...] of Stumble Upon after the close to markets today, according to informed sources. The news of a pending deal was first reported back in April 2007. The acquisition price is said to be $75 million. StumbleUpon [...]

  84. trademark registration Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    That’s a really good point. If StumbleUpon’s toolbar was merged with Skype it would give Google a run for its money.

  85. Rumors And News From Social Media And Search | TheVanBlog Tuesday, January 29, 2008

    [...] broke the story, which was followed up by a quite a few other blogs. Om Malik of GigaOM offered an interesting scenario for the purchase involving eBay incorporating StumbleUpon into Skype. By combining the two they could essentially [...]

  86. SEO EMPIRE » Blog Archive » eBay Acquires StumbleUpon Friday, October 3, 2008

    [...] GigaOm and others are reporting that eBay may have signed a deal worth between $40 – $45 million to [...]

  87. Why Digg Should Buy StumbleUpon – GigaOM Tuesday, October 7, 2008

    [...] few weeks, speculation has surfaced that StumbleUpon, a social media utility that was acquired by eBay in April 2007 for around $75 million, was back on the market. But as TechCrunch, which first reported the story [...]

  88. Great eBay Fire Sale Means StumbleUpon Free Again Monday, April 13, 2009

    [...] a content discovery service that was acquired by eBay for a rumored $75 million (or more) is free again. The company was spun out of eBay today as an [...]

  89. i need help please! i have an ex who is trying to hide his ebay income. i know one of his ebay names and know there is another he uses with a family member. is there any way to try and figure out how to get the other seller name? please help me!

  90. eBay’s Crossroads: Turn Around or Break Up Saturday, June 26, 2010

    [...] in common with its other businesses, and didn’t even buy control of its P2P technology. After buying StumbleUpon in 2007, eBay smothered the innovative startup under its wings. As Om noted recently, StumbleUpon [...]

  91. Quickthink » Blog Archive » Whatever Happened to Ebay? Sunday, June 27, 2010

    [...] in common with its other businesses, and didn’t even buy control of its P2P technology. After buying StumbleUpon in 2007, eBay smothered the innovative startup under its wings. As Om noted recently, StumbleUpon [...]

  92. Stumbleupon and Fark: Not Much Attention, but Big Traffic « Friday, September 3, 2010

    [...] in Calgary, Alberta — gets a little more press because it was backed by VCs and ultimately bought by eBay in 2007 for $75 million. But while there was some attention paid to the company after it was bought back by the founders [...]

Comments have been disabled for this post