February saw a fresh funding round for Ireland’s NewsWhip, an acquisition for Augeo and news that Twitter may soon end its free API. Meanwhile, the team at AMEC announced the winners of its rising stars initiative, highlighting the talented future of our industry.
The year started with an exciting trio of acquisitions across the industry. Freshly-launched Penta acquired a consultancy, while Babel Street and Sprout Social invested in NLA and AI providers to strengthen their respective products. (It’s a year that is likely to be defined by AI, and I wonder how many AI acquisitions we will see.) Meanwhile Meltwater is to go private, and Edelman paints a sorrowful trust picture.