Unrequited love or, more correctly, a jilted lover, is such a sad thing to see. Is that what’s happening between Zendesk and GoodData?

A couple of days ago Zendesk, the recently IPO’d vendor of help desk and customer support software, announced that it is acquiring French analytics vendor BIME Analytics for $45 million in cash. BIME is (was) and early stage startup with the majority of its team based in Montpellier. As such, it is something of an unusual acquisition — while Zendesk was founded in Europe itself (Copenhagen, precisely) newly listed companies have a tendency to look to Silicon Valley for M&A opportunities.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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