About Benjamin Blachère

French Online Marketer previously based in Sydney. Launched a Web Marketing Agency in Paris, SLAP digital where we help our clients to increase their traffic, the size of their membership databases as well as their revenues. Passionate about web marketing, I have previously launched my own website, a community for people in Long Distance Relationships.

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    05
    Sep

    Map of Ebay’s acquisitions

    Here is another map created by the Meet The Boss team: Ebay’s acquisitions.

    One update will need to be made: Admitting that the Skype purchase was a bad strategic fit, in a deal announced Sept. 1, eBay will sell a controlling share of the Internet-calling service to a group of investors led by private equity firm Silver Lake for $1.9 billion in cash and $125 million in short-term debt. The sale values Skype at $2.75 billion, not far below the price eBay paid for the business in 2005, and higher than the value recently placed on Skype by some Wall Street analysts.

    At the same time, eBay retains a 35 percent stake in a high-growth business that could fare even better under private ownership.

    Simply looking at the map shows how Ebay tried to stretched too much, from auctions to classifieds, shopping aggregation, communication, payment methods to social bookmarking. So hopefully by refocusing on its core businesses Ebay will be back on track.
    “This cleans up the story from an investor’s point of view,” says Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Lazard Capital Markets. Now that he’s clinched a sweet Skype deal, Donahoe can focus more fully on reviving growth in a slowing e-commerce site and making the most of online payments powerhouse PayPal.

    It’ll be interesting to see how they are doing especially facing Amazon.

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