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What can we learn from Facebook about M&A?

For many people, Facebook is synonymous with pet pictures, status updates and birthday greetings, but are you aware that you can learn a lot about strategic growth and M&A by studying the company itself?

In its 12 or so years of existence, Facebook has acquired more than 60 companies. The best known of these are the image sharing platform Instagram (acquired for USD 1 billion in 2012) and the WhatsApp messaging service (acquired for USD 19 billion in 2014). With so many acquisitions on its CV, it’s safe to say that M&A is in the company’s DNA, and that there is a lot to learn from the mergers & acquisitions strategy of Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

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Are boards on board with digital?

Blog post by: Turid Elisabeth Solvang, Founder & CEO FutureBoards.

We are in a perfect storm of perpetual change. Around us, technology, business models, and markets are transforming at unprecedented speed, changing the very bones on which business and industry are built. Boards must learn while on the watch to navigate these unfamiliar and treacherous waters. What is at stake is their company’s future.

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GDPR: Here’s what the board and management needs to know

Lately, our blog has been focused on the GDPR, the EU’s new data protection regulation. We think that it is important for everyone to know about the GDPR and what it entails. Especially, board members and top-management need to up to speed, to avoid huge fines (up to 4 % of gross turnover) and loss of trust and reputation.

In this post, we’ll summarize important take-aways from part 1 – 3, and provide you with a checklist with 8 steps on the way to GDPR compliance.


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