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Digital Spotlight: IAC

November 26, 2012

[From Crunchbase]

IAC is a media conglomerate with a wide range of online assets. In November 2007, announced they would be separating IAC into 5 public companies. IAC will consist of: Ask.comBloglines, CitySearch (CityGrid Media), Evite, Excite, InsiderPages, iWon, My Fun Cards, My Way, Popular Screensaver, Smiley Central,,, ServiceMagic,, BustedTeesCollegeHumor, Garage Games,,, Instant Action, Very Short List, Vimeo, 23/6. IAC is also an investor in, Brightcove, FiLife, Medem, Merchant Circle,OpenTable, and SHOP channel.

The 5 spun off companies were Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, Interval International, LendingTree and

IAC’s notable acquisitions included:

  • In September 1998 IAC’s subsidiary at the time, Ticketmaster, merged with CitySearch .
  • In June 1999 Ticketmaster-CitySearch acquired
  • In 2001 Evite was acquired by Ticketmaster.
  • In February 2003 IAC acquired Expedia, and later spun it off in August 2005.
  • In August 2003 IAC acquired Lending Tree.
  • In July 2005 IAC acquired, known as Ask Jeeves at the time, for $1.85 billion. is the fourth leading search engine behind Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
  • In July 2005 IAC spun off
  • In August 2006 IAC acquired Connected Ventures, the parent company of CollegeHumorVimeo,, and others. Vimeo competes with online video companies such as Youtube, Brightcove, Veoh, Stage6, Dailymotion, and many others.

~ Zorilla City

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