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This article was published on June 23, 2008


eBay secretly acquires visual media company Vuvox

eBay secretly acquires visual media company Vuvox
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Patrick de Laive

CPO and co-founder, TNW

Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is a frequently asked speaker at (tech) events across the globe. Check his LinkedIn profile and @Patrick on Twitter for more information.

eBay has acquired Vuvox, a visual media company that lets you create and blend your personal media – video, photos and music into rich personal expressions, for an undisclosed amount of money. What struck me as odd is that eBay hasn’t announced the acquisition at all.

Our source at eBay confirms the acquisition, but apart from the size of the deal (“a small acquisition”), our source cannot give us any more insight. It seems to me that eBay is interested in the technology and maybe the team of Vuvox, but it is hard to guess its purpose within eBay.

On their about the team page, they’re pretty vague about who they are and use nicknames like ‘Da Man’, ‘Fast Talking Business Guy’ and ‘Man of Steel’ but after some googling you’ll find that William Woodward (co-founder of Macromedia, early investor and board member of Myspace) and Dane Howard (author of Future of Memories and designer) are part of the team.

Behind the click is an example of content build with Vuvox technology.