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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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YouTube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
YouTube Data Processing^! Hosting^! and Related Services - Acquired by Google in 2006

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Android is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Android Acquired by Google in 2005

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Zappos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Zappos Retail - Acquired by Amazon in 2009

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Motorola is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Motorola Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Electronic Components - Motorola Mobility acquired by Google in 2011

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Sun Microsystems is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Sun Microsystems Software, Computer - Acquired by Oracle in 2009

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The Huffington Post is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
The Huffington Post Acquired by AOL in 2011

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Applied Semantics is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Applied Semantics Acquired by Google in 2003

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Urchin Software is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever

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Crescendo Networks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Crescendo Networks Technology - Acquired by Cisco in 1993

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Verisign is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Verisign Software development, Computer, Telecommunications - Acquired by Symantec in 2010

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C3 Technologies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
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Atebits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Atebits

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Instagram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever

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ITA Software is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
ITA Software Software, Computer - Acquired by Google in 2010

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Mojang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
hasry-mar added Mojang Video game industry

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TweetDeck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Randolph Strauss added Tweetdeck

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Diapers.com is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever

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Palm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Tech Startup Acquisitions Ever
Palm Computer Terminal Manufacturing - Acquired by HP in 2010