Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Technorati Cannot Not Be For Sale

Having Sanford "Sandy" Robertson join the Technorati board seems like a clever move by Technorati's current CEO, David Sifry. He writes:
Prior to founding Francisco Partners, Sandy was the founder and chairman of Robertson, Stephens & Co., which most of you will remember was the leading technology investment bank formed in 1978, and sold to BankBoston in 1998... Perhaps most interesting to me, he has had significant financing involvement, including IPOs and secondary financings in more than 500 growth technology companies throughout his career, including 3Com Corporation, America Online, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc., Ascend Communications Inc., Dell Computer Corporation, E*Trade Securities, Inc., Siebel Systems, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
In one fell swoop, Sifry now has a powerful ally on the Technorati board (while that board is looking for a new CEO) and a prominent investment banker at his disposal. I wonder what exit option Sifry has in mind. It is amazing how ubiquitous Technorati Tags have become. Despite Google's entry into the blog search arena, Technorati has survived. I doubt it will remain independent much longer.

I suspect that Yahoo! is too cheap but it would be logical for them to purchase Technorati. Cede algorithmic search to Google and combine Flickr, del.icio.us, Yahoo! Answers and Technorati into a new social media search platform. Leave Google in the dust. Or, perhaps Microsoft or Ask's parent company IAC see the value in Technorati's ubiquity? I can't believe they don't have many suitors.

Well, while you're waiting for the drama to unfold, explore Technorati Tags by enjoying a game of Technorati TagMan:

technorati tags game

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