Most of the M&A I write about on A Media Operator deals between media or media-like companies. Informa bought Industry Dive. NewsCorp buys OPIS. These are all deals where the media company thinks it can better run or operationalize another media company.
But the other major buyer is the strategic one. In this situation, a non-media company sees the media asset and imagines it is an excellent part of the go-to-market strategy. This is likely the thesis behind HubSpot buying the Hustle back in early 2021.
Ben Clymer is founder and CEO of Hodinkee, a media and commerce company dedicated to the luxury watch market. What started as a personal blog thanks to a watch from his grandfather has turned into a highly respected business that can sell millions of dollars in watches in minutes.
In this episode, we went through the many different facets of the business, but a few things jumped out to me…