When big tech buys small tech

An examination of the various motivations for takeovers. Acquisitions play a significant role in today’s concept about competitiveness in technology. There is the pre-emptive attack against a (possible) competitive threat, such as Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos. Alternatively, there is the ‘acquihire,’ in which a startup is acquired in order to hire the engineers. Of course, there can be actual interest in the technology being created, as demonstrated by Apple’s 2008 acquisition of PA Semi for $278 million, which enabled Apple to begin producing its own chips.  Read full article here

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