Canadian-founded Uptake acquired by Groupon

by Rob Lewis | Business

Silicon Valley based Travel search engine Uptake was acquired by Groupon yesterday.

AllThingsD reported that Uptake had been acquired by for something in the “teens of millions” (between $10 and $20). The company raised roughly $14 million from venture capital investors, so it was basically a break even transaction. TechCrunch is reporting this transaction as an "acqhire" with the Uptake team being integrated into Groupon's Palo Alto office and the existing service being shut down.

But why is Techvibes covering this acquisition?

Uptake co-founder Yen Lee is a Canadian and a C100 member and we got a chance to sit down and chat with him about Uptake during C100's 48 Hours in the Valley. Check out the video after the jump.

Congrats to Lee and his team on joining Groupon.

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Rob Lewis

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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