When I was running around IMEX America like a maniac on Tuesday, the news broke that Cvent has added another successful event technology upstart to its roster.

Cvent’s acquisition of Social Tables makes sense on many levels. Cvent needs easy-to-use tools for meeting planners as it attempts to revamp its complicated platform for the future. By bulking up in the areas in which it is weakest, Cvent becomes more formidable during a time when small event tech companies are innovating in interesting ways.

Social Tables itself can escape the crunch of a growing company and staff up to better refine its tools and reach customers.

Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal told me he will continue to be opportunistic about buying emerging event technology providers. They’re well-capitalized after being acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2016, and are willing to use that war chest going forward.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to meet, chat, and drink tea at IMEX America this week. It’s been real.

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— Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Editor

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Photo Credit: Cvent Founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent CONNECT 2018. Bringing Social Tables into the fold could be big for Cvent. Cvent / Flickr