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  1. ID:entity says:

    Their acquisitions to date have usually signified first mover advantage, such as Applied Semantics which then gave them a significant head start with Ad Sense vs. Overture

  2. Matt says:

    Andy Mckelvey (Monster Worldwide CEO and Owner) won’t sell. The man already has more money than all of India so for him it’s more than the money.

    According to a recent Barron’s Online report, he claims to have has too many friends who’ve sold their business only to feel empty and bored after. He’s no spring chicken and is quite content with is Monster of a hobby.

    Monster would need a pretty significant bump in price per, somewhere in the range of $15-$20 over their current value. Ain’t gonna happen… that is, at least not with Google 😉

    Besides, Google’s business model doesn’t fit with with Monster’s. There is however another big internet giant to whom a Monster purchase would makes a lot more sense…. auctions anyone?

  3. Andrew says:

    DCLK is a company that Google sort of “triumphed over.” Many naysayers said “what the heck does Google think they’re doing with this AdSense thing?” What they were doing was taking over the world! Or at least another huge part of the online ad world, anyway.

    Because DCLK is now a “defeated” entity, it would surprise me if they bought DCLK at this point. Or if they did so it would be considered an afterthought at best. It would be like acquiring Lycos.

    Google needs to go big on the local search angle. Just how they will do that is an open question. Probably build in-house and make little, strategic acquisitions. I’m sure Google’s culture says that “legacy giants” aren’t worth their valuations, so just go out and beat them and leave them in the dust is the philosophy.

    It will be interesting.

    ASKJ might be costly to acquire, but worth it. Bringing that ad revenue in 100% and getting control of another large search brand makes business sense. Not to mention there’s some good technology at Teoma and a “Q&A” type model with Ask Jeeves that is sitting there waiting to flourish if the right company builds it.

  4. Brian Dennis says:

    I’ve noted before that Bloglines would be cheap and easy, making a nice complement to Blogger and giving Google News a logical home.

    Still plenty of headroom in the aggregator space. And wrangling all that semi-structured data coming out of the blogosphere seems like a Google class problem.

  5. pb says:

    I don’t see Google acquiring Monster or DoubleClick. Granted their new currency enables much larger acquisitions, I foresee more of the smaller ones that they have done in the past not so much for technology, brnad or users as much as for people. Google could duplicate Monster from a product, usage and financial aspect in a matter of months. DoubleClick has few, if any, assets. Just a melange of mediocre components that don’t work well together.

    There’s really no reason for Google to make big acquisitions like these. Google’s competence is as a product developer of large scale, consumer web-based services.

    I’d look for Google to do things in the area of IM, classified ads, craigslist, hosting, openoffice, browsing, my google, etc.

  6. ID:entity says:

    Lets not forget Google has a foot in the enterprise search market, whose market cap in somewhere in the region of 15bn (I could be wrong so go easy, its big

  7. I agree with Dennis. Bloglines sounds like a very nice candidate. Another would be furl.net or maybe flickr.com .

    Manage Search
    Manage eMail
    -> Manage RSS (Bloglines)
    -> Manage Bookmarks (Furl.net)
    -> Manage Pictures (flickr or picasa moved to the web)

  8. ID:entity says:

    Even with the unconventional Google, I still think the next acquisition needs to target explicit revenue growth – they’ve got a rather large bill to pay to Overture. I agree that Bloglines would be complementary to the product suite