Ben and David discuss Amazon's acquisition of Twitch in 2014. Unlike previous episodes, this recent acquisition still has a lot of open questions, and Amazon hasn't publicly reported growth of Twitch since the purchase. Ben and David talk about Justin Kan's original product with Justin.tv, and the transformation into the Twitch that Emmett Shear is running today.
Startup exits are often celebrated, and then forgotten. But coded in each outcome are lessons, not just about the deal itself, but the course of business & technology innovation. Acquired looks back at the stories behind the deals—what waves were breaking that enabled an underdog to capture a zeitgeist? Can that magic endure as part of a larger organization? And most importantly, why?
New episodes bi-weekly, guests on occasion.