Saturday, April 2, 2011

15 top Google & Microsoft acquisitions

Google's 15 Biggest Acquisitions And What Happened To Them

Microsoft's Biggest Acquisitions And What Happened To Them


  1. One thing that is notable is that the bigger acquisitions in the lists nearly always destroy value. That is the track record across all businesses -- many studies in the business literature show that the vast majority of big acquisitions either destroy value or fail to create value -- and the tech industry is no exception.

    These huge deals are usually driven by hubris and hype rather than real value. That is why I was so surprised to see Google offer $6B for Groupon. I think of Google as being smarter than that, and it really makes me wonder who was pushing that deal in of Google.

  2. Just a quick follow up, it appears it was Marissa Mayer pushing the $6B Groupon acquisition offer.