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I said we were very open to any partnership or other opportunities." Brightsolid, which began life in 1995 as Scotland Online, has built up an impressive portfolio of genealogy websites, including
"It is pretty clear the reason we were at the table from day one was the opportunity to buy Genes Reunited," he says.
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Speculation suggests ITV was demanding £30m up until Wednsday night, but van der Kuyl says it was ITV asking how much his company was willing to pay, not how much ITV wanted for it.
He claims other "bottom fishers" were looking at buying the company, but suggests Brightsolid was the only company to submit a realistic bid.
"It is a perfect fit for our portfolio." But he says speculation that Brightsolid had no interest at all in Friends Reunited itself is untrue.
"We did have a small party last night," van der Kuyl admits.
"All sorts of names have been bandied about over the sorts of guys who would pick up assets for next-to-nothing and flip them," he says. [Friends Reunited] clearly had a good fit for us so it was right that we put in a fair valuation.
We could have chucked a crazy number in there and been beaten or told to go away.
All the businesses are profitable, this is a profitable group," he says.
Van der Kuyl refuses to comment on the deal's details but says talks with ITV had been ongoing for a couple of months.
"Early after I took over at Brightsolid in October 2007 I went for a meeting with ITV and the Genes Reunited team," he says.