A new SEC filing posted Friday provides extra clarity about what led up to Microsoft getting LinkedIn for more than $26 billion. And it proves that Microsoft was not the only possible consumer.

It demonstrates that the talks between LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commenced on February sixteen of this calendar year, just twelve times following the earnings debacle wherever LinkedIn shares plummeted.

And then it references not a person, but four other unnamed corporations and facts LinkedIn’s discussions with them.

It has currently been noted that Salesforce made a bid for LinkedIn. The files reference a Celebration A, potentially Salesforce, that in the long run made a bid for $200 for every share, previously mentioned the $196 for every share in dollars that Microsoft compensated. Nevertheless the $200 was a dollars and inventory offer, while the $196 was an all dollars offer. (This functions out to hundreds of millions of pounds deducted from the acquisition rate).

There were also facts about the conversations with at the very least a few other corporations, which all ultimately backed down. It is unclear to what degree these other bidders were major contenders or if they were just intrigued in acquiring a thorough seem at LinkedIn’s fiscal photo and competitive strategies. 

The filing also demonstrates that LinkedIn is subject to a $725 million breakup rate if the transaction with Microsoft does not get finalized.

Though we do not know for certain who some of the other customers may possibly have been, we imagine it’s doable that Alphabet, IBM, Oracle and Facebook could have all engaged in discussions with LinkedIn. (Recode is now reporting that Alphabet and Facebook were in the blend).

Here’s why:

Alphabet: Google needs to manage almost everything in your daily life, from e-mail to calendar. They also are aggressively increasing into business, trying to showcase its cloud services as much better business merchandise. If you slap LinkedIn on prime of that, you have a whole stack profits procedure — from ground-up infrastructure, to connectivity and profits applications, to the actual business interface. The big problem here is, wherever would Salesforce in good shape into that equation if Google preferred to build a whole stack buyer acquisition and profits resource? LinkedIn may be a skilled network, with a increasing person foundation, but it also signifies a person of the prime methods to link for prospective business enterprise deals (that also happens to be great for recruiting).

Facebook: It would not be out of the problem for Facebook to at the very least engage in talks, to get a improved seem at LinkedIn’s business enterprise. Though Facebook’s social networking is extra personal than skilled, they’ve been doing the job on Facebook at Operate and other skilled houses.

Oracle: With LinkedIn, they would have obtain to a whole stack of profits, buyer acquisition and talent management remedies. Oracle would get the gain of obtaining a seem into LinkedIn’s enormous knowledge trove of how people interface with every single other professionally.

IBM: This is a person of the several other sector corporations that could afford to pay for LinkedIn and produce synergies with its business know-how business enterprise. The business is also comparatively acquisitive.

We’re digging by way of the quite long filing here to see what other insights we can find.