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Q: How much did Yahoo pay for ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: How much did Yahoo pay for
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: bugbear-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 13 Dec 2005 04:24 PST
Expires: 12 Jan 2006 04:24 PST
Question ID: 605206
I realize there's no conclusive answer.  I just want to know
of the various rumors which seems most authoritative.
Subject: Re: How much did Yahoo pay for
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 13 Dec 2005 07:15 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi bugbear...

The most common rumor in the beginning had it at 30-40
million, as indicated on Oliver Thylmann's blog, which
cites a german blog:

A later update from Thylmann's blog states:

"By now I already heard numbers lower than $30 million,
 going as low as $17 million, which would still be a
 good number."

And many have considered that, at 30 million, Yahoo would have
paid about $100 for each member's bookmark list, so estimates
were revised downward, as on Greg Yardley's blog:

"Blogspotting says my 300,000 user guesstimate was spot on.
 I still can?t believe Yahoo paid around $100 for my bookmark
 list. Size of the transaction wasn?t announced but I?ve read
 rumors of $30 million - $40 million. The lower figure feels
 right to me, give or take ten percent - Yahoo?s too shrewd
 to offer more than they?d have to, so I?m guessing the final
 figure wasn?t really based on the value of my bookmarks but
 instead was the amount needed to give Union Square Ventures
 a 10x or so return on their money and justify a sale. Assuming
 a valuation in the low millions eight months ago - okay, $30
 million feels a little high. Maybe $25 - $30 million is about

Finally, CNN's Money page reported it to have been:

" the range of $15 million to $30 million."

This seems to be the figure people are finding believable.

Yahoo's own finance page reported only the Associated Press'
standard release:

"The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company didn't disclose how
 much it paid for New York-based because the
 purchase price wasn't large enough to have a significant
 impact on its finances."

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Searches done, via Google:

Yahoo paid million
bugbear-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Thanks; good work.

Subject: Re: How much did Yahoo pay for
From: sublime1-ga on 13 Dec 2005 12:51 PST
Thanks very much for the 5 stars and the tip!

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