Canadian-born Taleo acquired by Oracle for $1.9 Billion

by Rob Lewis | Business

Oracle has agreed to buy Taleo Corp. for $1.9 Billion to add talent management software to its cloud computing strategy. According to today's announcement holders of Taleo will get $46 a share - that’s 18 percent higher than Taleo’s closing share price yesterday.

While any Billion dollar acquisition is big news, Techvibes tends to focus on Canadian news. So why are we covering the acquisition of Taleo?

Vanedge Captial's Divesh Sisodraker (also a past Techvibes contributor) relocated to San Francisco 7 years ago to become EVP and CFO of the talent-management enterprise software company. The Canadian connections don't end there though and run even deeper.

Taleo's roots date back to 1996, when founder Martin Ouellet created Viasite, which became the most successful job board in Canada. In Quebec City, Ouellet and Louis Tetu began to work with visionary Fortune 500 companies to develop innovative online recruiting solutions that could meet world-class talent and human capital management needs. Taleo was born.

Today Taleo is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Gregoire, a Canadian that graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Québec, Québec, Canada

Taleo combines leading on-demand talent management solutions with the industry’s largest ecosystem of customers, partners and candidates. Taleo’s solutions and ecosystem together provide businesses of all sizes the Talent Intelligence necessary to better know their people and grow their businesses. More than 5,000 organizations use Taleo for talent acquisition, performance and compensation... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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