Write an opinion piece for theNIRD.org

I’m going to try out a new post format for theNIRD.org: Opinion pieces.

Many readers of theNIRD.org are in-the-know about deals in the association technology market, and while I love hearing from them by phone or text message, I’d love to get fleshed-out opinions about events and rumors in the market.

You can submit your opinion piece (anonymously, or under your name) on our tip page. We’ll never publish your name without your consent, but the more information you can provide about yourself and how you came about the details that inform your opinion, the more likely I’ll be to publish it. All opinions must be backed by verifiable facts, news stories, or other evidence, and be written in a polite, neutral tone. Be nice.

Some things I’d love to hear from our expert readers:

  • Predictions
  • Analysis
  • Rumors
  • Trends
  • Job changes among senior staff (hires, firings, resignations)
  • The effects that M&A and investments have on association executives and the members they serve

RUMOR: Major technology consolidation likely in 2017

Earlier this month we posted a rumor that one of the largest private equity backed AMS companies was about to be recapitalized. Since that rumor was posted, we’ve heard from multiple sources that the recapitalization is more likely to be an outright acquisition.

But there’s more…

Several of our sources believe that a series of investments, mergers, and acquisitions are currently in various stages of negotiation that would ultimately result in an unprecedented consolidation of association technology firms under a single umbrella company.

One of our sources says a few of these deals have already been struck, but the announcements are being delayed in order to coordinate a single announcement covering all of the acquisitions and investments.

Catch theNIRD.org LIVE at AMS Fest in Chicago, June 7-8

I’m leading a session at AMS Fest in Chicago (June 7-8) on the effects of high finance on the association technology market. You’ll get a no B.S. analysis from me on how the money affects products, customer service, innovation, and more.

And in a nod to the popular “Ask Me Anything” format, you’ll also be able to anonymously submit questions to me so that you can pepper CEOs and senior executives from AMS companies with your tough questions about how various finance models impact the business and its customers.

The last AMS Fest sold out, so register for AMS Fest now.

RUMOR: Major AMS about to be recapitalized

We’re hearing rumors, from people in positions to know, that one of the largest AMS companies, which is already private equity backed, is about to be recapitalized.

MemberClicks accepts growth equity funding

AMS platform MemberClicks accepted an undisclosed sum from Five Elms, a growth equity firm based in New York, in February 2017. Click here for the presser.

Read about MemberClicks on Crunchbase.

Higher Logic acquires online collaboration platform Kavi

Online community platform Higher Logic has acquired Kavi (pronounced KUH-vee), an online collaboration platform used primarily by standards developing organizations, many of which are associations.

Read the press release.

This comes just a month after Higher Logic acquired Socious, another leading online community platform in the association market.

Read about Higher Logic and Kavi on Crunchbase.

Ministry Brands takes ownership of YourMembership

Yesterday we reported that private equity firm Riverside had sold off YourMembership.

Today, Private Equity Professional reported that Knoxville, TN based Ministry Brands, a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners, has taken ownership of YourMembership.com. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

According to Private Equity Professional, Ministry Brands is a provider “of cloud-based services to churches, parachurch ministries and other faith-based organizations with more than 45,000 customers.”

UPDATE: It is rumored that the sales price for YourMembership was somewhere between $250-300 million.

YourMembership sold by PE firm Riverside

YourMembership has been sold by private equity firm Riverside. Last week, we reported a rumor that one of the largest AMS companies was about to be recapitalized.

Read the press release. Read about YourMembership on Crunchbase.

RUMOR: One of the largest AMS platforms is about to take an investment

We’re hearing that one of the biggest AMS companies is about to take an recapitalization investment from a private equity firm.

Higher Logic acquires Socious

Higher Logic, an online community platform, acquired Socious, another online community platform in January 2017. Read the press release.

Read about Higher Logic and Socious on Crunchbase.

Read more about the deal at Online Community Results.