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Showing posts with label Acquisitions. Show all posts
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February 22, 2016

google’s most expensive acquisition in united kingdom

"list of acquisition of UK start Uk start ups by google ventures"


 Out of 8 start ups acquired by Google, the biggest  acquisition in UK or for that matter in Europe was  of  DEEP MIND technologies.
DeepMind technologies, a London-based artificial intelligence firm which specialises in machine learning, advanced algorithms and systems neuroscience was aquired by Google Ventures, the VC group of Google..  Google paid  a hefty amount of  £400m ($650m) for  acquisition of DeepMind

Deep minds  has created a neural network that  might be able  to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that appears to possibly mimic the short-term memory of the human brain.Deep Mind Technologies plans to develops technologies for e-commerce and games, and plans to  develop computers that think like humans.

Deepmind recent made headlines when it announced  that its alphaGo program had successfully beaten  a human professional 

The two-year-old artificial intelligence startup was founded by former child chess prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis alongside Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.

January 30, 2016

November 30, 2015

technology industry’s top 5 biggest mergers and acqusitions

Dell’s $67 billion purchase of EMC is the biggest pure tech acquisition ever. (AOL’s $162 billion buy of Time Warner in 2000 was larger, but Time Warner was a media company, not a tech company.) This chart from Statista shows some of the largest tech acquisitions of the past decade, measured in 2015 dollars.
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The Dell : EM2 merger remains the biggest till date a $67 billion deal , followed by HP and Compaq’s $33.6billion. Facebook’s buyout of whatsapp for $19billion was another milestone along with Google and Motorola deal in 2011 for $13.2billion

November 25, 2015

alibaba set to buy hong kongs biggest english newspaper ” South China Post”

" Alibaba set to take over South China Post newspaper"

The company which raked up the biggest every online shopping revenues in a single day, Billionaire Jack Ma of is  set to buy a  stake in the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong biggest English language newspaper.

The South China Morning Post( SCMP)  was once the world’s most profitable daily newspaper, had seen its share of bad times, with the stock being suspended since 2013 after its earnings fell by over 25%  and was owned by  media tycoon Rupert Murdoch   who in turn sold it to the “Kerry Group”, which is owned by Robert Kuok.

Jack Ma, is considered to be close to the chinese political mandarins,and  has made no secret of his pro-China political views, while running a vast  online business empire with extensive investments on the mainland. The Kerry group has been looking for a buyer and Alibaba’s founders close ties to the government would certainly fit the bill, although it’s unlikely to be viewed favorably by readers already sensitive to what they see as increasing signs of the “mainlandization” of Hong Kong. But as the above chart shows.. Who really cares about a loss making newspaper when digital news is witnessing unprecedented traffic 

July 12, 2015

List of acquisitions made by Apple in the last decade

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 The chart shows Apple’s top 10 acqusitions  in each year ( 2002 to  2014)

 Beats Electronics  had been  Apple’s most expensive buyout  by Apple standards  at around 3billion USD  in the year 2014
 In 2012  Apple acquired Anobit Technologies  at $450 million USD 
followed by AuthenTec   at $356 million and  Primesense  at   $345 million

timeline of google’s 171 acquisitions and 38 investments across companies

 As of today Google has acquired 171 companies according to Crunchbase and has invested as angel investor across  38 companies. The list of companies Google acquired in 2013-2014 has been illustrated below along with their product lines it represented

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 SlickLogin (Sound identification)

 DeepMind (Aritifical Intelligence)

Nest (Smart smoke alarms)


Boston Dynamics (Robotics) (humanoid robots)

Autofuss (Ads and Design)

FlexyCore (DroidBooster App for Android)

 Flutter (Gesture recognition technology)

Bot & Dolly (Robotic cameras)

Bump (Mobile software)

Holomni (Robotic wheels)

WIMM Labs (Android powered smartwatches)

Meka Robotics (Robots)

Redwood Robotics (Robotic Arms)

Waze (GPS navigation software)

Industrial Perception (Computer Vision)

Makani Power (Airborne wind turbines)

Wavii (Natural Language Processing)

 Behavio (Social Prediction)

Talaria Technologies (Cloud computing)

DNNresearch Inc. (Deep Neural Networks)

Channel Intelligence (Product ecommerce) 

top 10 most expensive companies google acquired

Which Companies acquired by google were most expensive ?  This chart takes a look at the top 10 most costly acquisitions by Google
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Google’s top 10 Most Expensive  Buyouts 

The above chart from statistic shows the selected  top 10 most expensive companies which google has acquired. Leading the list  Motorola mobility which is acquired for $125 billion USD . Post Motorola Google acquired  smart thermostat creator Nest Labs  in January 2014 at 3.2 billion U.S. dollars. Number 3 was double click purchased at 3.1million USD in 2008. Youtube is number 4 with 1.6billion USD.

July 11, 2015

Top 10 biggest amazon’s acquisitions in its history

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These are the The top 10 Amazon’s Acquisition. 

In 2014 Amazon bough Twitch ( video gaming streaming website )or an estimated  $970million dollars . However for Amazon ” Zappos the online shoe store was its biggest cue   as ‘ it stole the thunder from other competitors “zappos is known for its almost fanatical customer care  quality and attention to the smallest detail when it came to servicing its customers . Zappos has been amazon’s most expensive buyout in the history of the company.

Some other Amazon buyout includes
 Kiva Systems, $775 million, warehouse robot systems in 2012., $645 million, online book marketplace in 1999
Quidsi, $545 million, online retailer in  2010.

July 7, 2014

Facebook Acquires a real-time video ad serving platform LiveRail

Facebook acquistion of real  time video serving platform Live rail


In another example of how Facebook is trying to take the game away from Google as the ” worlds biggest digital ad platform , it has has just announced the acquisition of online video technology firm LiveRail.

LiveRail connects Publishers to all major Ad Networks, Demand Side Platforms (DSP), Ad Exchanges, and Trading Desks, centralizing buyers to create a unified real-time bidding auction that drives competition for inventory

 LiveRail is among the leading publisher monetization platform for video advertising with over 5billion impressions a month and boasts of . With over 5bn impressions per month The company works with clients such as A&E, Univision, Major League Baseball and BET. 

Started in 2007, is the world’s largest programmatic platform for video publishers, with 170 employees across four offices Mark Trefgarne is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LiveRail.

February 22, 2014

February 18, 2013

GoDaddy Kicks of Its Mobile Strategy with acquisition M Dot

 GoDaddy’s own IPO plans.Go Daddy has acquired smartphone-based mobile Web site creator
Goddady recently announced  the acquisition of, a startup that has developed an iOS mobile app that lets users create mobile websites from the app itself. Financial terms of the deal were not officially disclosed  however sources say that  the Godday  and Mdot deal in cash and stock and could be worth anywhere from $5 million to $25 million, likely to be around $15 million 

Go Daddy said that its acquisition bolsters its “mobile first” strategy, which aims at connecting its 11 million customers with services across smartphones and tablets.

The December 2012 report of eMarketer, a market researcher focused on digital marketing and media, said the U.S. topped Asia for the first time in mobile ad spending last year, spending $3.8 billion compared to $2.7 billion. By 2016, eMarketer projected, the U.S. will surpass $20 billion and Asia will hit $6 billion.

April 22, 2012

September 8, 2011

The End of Yahoo: How Long Before its Sold off

There are few surer ways for an executive to lose a good reputation than to be CEO of Yahoo Inc. Just ask Carol Bartz or Terry Semel.This infographic, titled “The Rise And Fall Of Yahoo,” gives you a play by play of the company’s history, acquisitions, highs, lows and more.

As the company searches for Bartz’s replacement, its biggest obstacle is likely the track record of past CEOs who have made this Hot Seat kind of Haunted.When Carol Bartz took the wheel at Yahoo! in January 2009 she was seen as the tough-talking, bottom-line oriented CEO who led software developer Autodesk to prodigious revenue and share price growth. One of her first acts was to tell employees that she would “drop-kick to fucking Mars” anyone who was caught leaking company secrets. Now it is Ms Bartz who has been drop-kicked out of the company.

Carol Bartz  as she left Yahoo Tuesday, she was viewed as an executive incapable of innovation and lacking vision, an executive who failed to move Yahoo’s stock price or operating performance in any meaningful way.She is also widely seen as having made a bad deal to hand Yahoo’s search engine operations to Microsoft.

“Bartz’s demise underscores that fallen angels in the Internet space are really hard to turn around,” Needham & Co. analyst Laura Martin wrote in a report Wednesday. “Her lack of success raises the risk that perhaps it simply can’t be done by anyone (unless you’re Steve Jobs).
On September 6th news leaked via AllThingsD,  that she had been ousted in a surprise coup by Yahoo!’s board. Official confirmation swiftly followed, with the news that Tim Morse, the firm’s chief financial officer, would take over as interim chief executive, supported by a leadership committee of senior managers.

Part of the reason Yahoo’s CEOs face such difficulty is because, sources say, they are just one prong of a leadership trifecta, with the board and Yang also having significant input into the decision-making process. Those influential camps are often not on the same page.

 For example, the decision to fire Bartz without naming a successor, along with the plan to initiate a “strategic review,” suggested that the company was laying the groundwork for a sale or merger. But Yang told executives during a meeting on Wednesday morning that the company was not for sale, according to a person familiar with the matter.