BlueVenn Sold to Upland Software for $52 Million

CDP BlueVenn has been purchased by Upland Software, which owns a cluster of customer engagement products including Adestra, Kapost, PostUp, and Localytics.  The company expects BlueVenn to unify and share data across all its systems.  Price was $52 million, a modest 3.5x BlueVenn’s reported revenue of $15 million.  It’s the latest of several CDP acquisitions by firms planning to connect separate customer engagement products.

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Instacart Raises $265 Million and Grows Marketplace and Advertising Services

March 3, 2021

In a far different corner of the galaxy, Instacart announced a $265 million financing round for its pandemic-fueled online grocery business.  The raise brings total funding to $2.7 billion and values the company at $39 billion.    This has more to do with martech than you may think: some of the money will grow Instacart marketplace and advertising services that leverage its massive customer base.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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