Posts tagged with Acquihires

Google buys Meebo to bolster Google+ team

Think acquihires are limited to relatively small deals for relatively small, young companies? Think again.

Google, which is aggressively investing in Google+ despite widespread skepticism over its prospects, yesterday confirmed the rumors that it is acquiring toolbar and ad service Meebo.

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Twitter acquires Posterous

Twitter has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, and yesterday it apparently put some of that money to use in making what might be its most prominent, if not largest, acquisition yet.

What did Twitter buy?  Short-form blogging site Posterous. 

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Is the acquihire really a smart strategy?

For many tech entrepreneurs, a startup leads to one of three destinations: acquisition, IPO, or failure. Historically, the risks have been big, but the rewards have been even bigger.

From Google to Facebook, few industries have created vast amounts of wealth faster than the internet, but for many entrepreneurs today, swinging for the fences isn't a must.

Increasingly, big companies (like Google) and high-flying upstarts (like Facebook) are targeting young startups for acquisition. Not for assets or IP, but for their people.

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