Web 2.0 Weekly - Aug. 4, 2010: "Playdom is going to Disney World"

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Deals (M&A, Finance) – Disney Gets In To Social/Mobile Video Games …

Deals (M&A, Finance) – Disney Gets In To Social/Mobile Video Games
Disney acquired social and mobile game developer, Playdom, for $563 mm in upfront consideration and the potential for $200 mm in further earn-out based consideration. Disney management notes that the company continues to be on the acquisition war path.

The largest deals in the week involved (wait for it…) the advertising sector, with $15 mm in follow-on financings to eXelate and AdMeld, and $8 mm to BuzzLogic.

Four different social network/media companies received financing in the week, including, Hot Potato (acquired for $10 mm by Facebook), PlacePop ($1.4 mm round), Rapportive ($1 mm seed round), and dating site, Triangulate ($0.75 seed round).

Price Performance - Web 2.0 Valuation Reverse Course and Head Upward
The Web 2.0 public company universe was positive this week with 47% of stocks rising, 46% falling, and 7% flat.

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