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DealerSocket Co-Founders Ord & Perry Contest Auto/Mate Acquisition

January 15, 2020 — Following Jonathan Ord’s December lawsuit against DealerSocket (reported last week by The Banks Report), co-founder Brad Perry filed his own lawsuit this week against investment firm Vista Equity Partners, its DealerSocket board members and DealerSocket’s CEO. The suit alleges DealerSocket’s majority board members appointed by Vista, the firm’s majority shareholder since…

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DealerSocket’s Pending Purchase of Auto/Mate Gives Window into Vista Equity’s Automotive Strategy

DealerSocket’s Pending Purchase of Auto/Mate Gives Window into Vista Equity’s Automotive Strategy

January 8, 2020 — Vista Equity Partners-backed DealerSocket announced this week it has agreed to acquire dealer management software vendor Auto/Mate. The deal (which as of yet, does not have a timeline) provides insight into Vista’s automotive plans, but there are questions still to be answered. Vista Equity is one of the bigger investors in…

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DealerOn Adds Investment Partner

January 6, 2020 — DealerOn, Inc. is announcing this morning a strategic partnership with private equity firm NexPhase Capital. Brothers Ali and Amir Amirrezvani, who founded the website and digital marketing company in 2004, began talking with NexPhase in early 2019 and closed the deal in November. Over its 15 years, DealerOn has grown into… Continue Reading

New Era Taking Shape in Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity

New Era Taking Shape in Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity

November 1, 2019 — Pivotal. That’s probably the best word to describe vendor mergers and acquisitions and investments among automotive retail vendors in 2019. Aggressive roll-up plays, new directions, and evolving industries forming now will reshape the industry over the next five years. In TBR’s Third Quarter Report on Auto Retail Vendor Merger and Acquisition…

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General Motors Announces New Dealership Website Vendors – Why It’s a Big Deal

General Motors Announces New Dealership Website Vendors – Why It’s a Big Deal

September 16, 2019 — CDK Global’s 15-year run as being the exclusive vendor for General Motors’ dealership websites came to an official end last week as the automaker announced an additional three providers to its website program. The move likely will reshape the dealership website landscape over the next couple of years. The new vendors…

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Thoma Bravo Putting Together an Automotive Data Giant

Thoma Bravo Putting Together an Automotive Data Giant

July 31, 2019 — Thoma Bravo emerged yesterday as the winning bidder for J.D. Power and Associates. It’s the private equity firm’s second automotive-data play since late April when it acquired Autodata Solutions from KKR. Bravo also owns Trader Corp., the leading automotive retail digital company in Canada (it acquired the Montreal-based digital marketing firm…

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Chip Perry Retires as CEO of TrueCar

June 3, 2019 — After three and half years at the helm of TrueCar, Chip Perry is stepping down as CEO and president, the company announced today. TrueCar has not named a replacement for Perry, who will continue to consult with the company. Perry, one of the pioneers in the automotive Internet space, founded AutoTrader… Continue Reading