Adobe nabs NYC mobile app design startup Thumb Labs

Adobe nabs NYC mobile app design startup Thumb Labs

Summary: Adobe taps into a number of M&A trends at once with Thumb Labs being that it is a mobile app design startup based in New York City.

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If mobile apps were at the center of most tech mergers and acquisitions last quarter, then Adobe is keeping that trend alive with its latest acquisition.

Today's buy is Thumb Labs, a New York City startup focusing on mobile app design and development. Much like the Yahoo-Tumblr merger earlier this week, Thumb Labs offers further fodder for the validity and strength of New York's startup scene.

Thumb Labs co-founders Rich Kern and Jared Verdi confirmed the news on their website on Wednesday.

The pair explained further that they have already been working closely with another recent Adobe purchase: Behance, an online social media platform for creative professionals to showcase and share their work.

It looks like Thumb Labs resources (talent and products) will be merged with the unit for collective work under Adobe's Creative Cloud software suite.

Here's more from Kern and Verdi:

Like many working in the tech industry, we have come to rely on Adobe products on a daily basis, and have closely followed their evolution throughout the years. With the announcements at Adobe MAX earlier this month, and the launch of the Creative Cloud, it is clear that this is an exciting time at the company. We are looking forward to contributing to these efforts, as Behance's vibrant community becomes more deeply integrated into Adobe's tools.

Thumb Labs will continue to fulfill "any existing obligations" over the next few weeks. Although an exact end date has not been provided, the co-founders acknowledged that Thumb Labs will halt all independent services soon.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Topics: Mobility, Apps, CXO, E-Commerce, Software Development

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  • "being that it is"???

    "Adobe taps into a number of M&A trends at once with Thumb Labs being that it is a mobile app design startup based in New York City."

    "[B]eing that it is"?? Really? Why would you want to be so cumersome? Why not just say "since it is"?
    Barc777