The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever Companies

The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever

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Innovative new tech companies are regularly gobbled up by larger competitors, or even just other companies that are looking to add on a new product, feature or offering but don't want to build it from scratch in-house. Large companies - and even some smaller companies with a lot of cash on hand or valuable stock - can have a variety of reasons for purchasing a new startup or competitor, Sometimes, the acquisition is largely about the talent behind a new product. Other times, the goal is to eliminate a competitor from the market and consolidate the audience in one place. Often, these acquisitions end with the smaller, acquired company completely disappearing inside the parent organization, and even the initial product that spurned the purchase disappearing along with the team responsible for it. On other occasions, acquired products retain their own identity within the parent organization and live on as independent offerings. It all largely depends on the intention the new company has for its recently-acquired colleagues and tech, and how well the two companies and their cultures integrate together post-acquisition.

The companies on this list were all acquired by larger, older or more profitable companies, and the acquisition has been judged a "success" by the Ranker Community. If you feel a company that made a great addition to a team or pre-existing product has been left out, enter it at the bottom of the page.

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    Acquired by eBay in 2002
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    Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services More
    Acquired by Google in 2006
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    Acquired by Google in 2005
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    Computer hardware, Software, Computer More
    NeXT was founded in 1985 by Steve Jobs and acquired by Apple in 1996.
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    Acquired by Amazon in 2009
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    Acquired by Google in 2009
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    Acquired by Microsoft in 2011. (Previously acquired by eBay in 2005.)
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    Motorola Mobility acquired by Google in 2011
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    Acquired by Oracle in 2009
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    Acquired by Yahoo in 2005.
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    Acquired by AOL in 2011
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    Acquired by Google in 2003
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    Acquired by Symantec in 2010
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    Crescendo Networks

    Acquired by Cisco in 1993
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    C3 Technologies

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    Acquired by Google in 2010
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    added by: Randolph
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    Computer Terminal Manufacturing More
    Acquired by HP in 2010
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