MergerNetwork is the oldest online marketplace for buyers and sellers of businesses. It went online in May 1995 under the name M&A Marketplace.
MergerNetwork is owned and operated by Brauns Online Media (formerly Marketplace Technologies), a privately owned company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Brauns Online Media has a long history of technical innovation:
Brauns Online Media was founded in 1995 by Robert Brauns. Brauns started writing computer programs in 1968 when he was a senior at Middlesex School. He later pioneered the use of personal computers in investment banking in the early 80's. As an associate at Lazard Freres, he persuaded the firm to buy an Apple II and wrote the firm's first valuation model in Visicalc.
He left Lazard in 1984 to found Experra Corporation, the first distributor of financial databases formatted for personal computers. At Experra, he conceived of and designed Extract Plus, the first software for importing data into spreadsheets from external databases. Brauns received a patent for Extract Plus in 1995.
Brauns decided to create MergerNetwork the day after he logged onto the Internet for the first time. He taught himself HTML and built the first MergerNetwork web site in just three weeks. Today, more businesses are sold through the Internet than by any other method.
Brauns is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He is married and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Our offices are located at 245 First Street, Suite 1800, Cambridge, MA 02142. Our phone number is +1-617-936-7000