CB Insights: the 20 most significant mergers and acquisitions in the technological environment since 2009

Company representatives noted that they had reviewed all recent transactions, and selected those which, in their opinion, will leave the greatest contribution to the technology industry. The list includes transactions that had a significant impact on the technology, which was a significant strategic bet for the buyer or notable as relate identified the amount and the growth potential of the acquired company. The deal, worth $3 billion was made in 2014. This is the biggest deal Apple today.

The mobile payment service Venmo was acquired by Braintree payment system for $26 million in 2012. Later Braintree was acquired by PayPal for $800 million in 2013. The largest players in the Chinese market, taxi Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache have formed a joint venture worth $15 billion. Media company, AOL acquired the Huffington Post for $315 million in 2011.

Instagram was acquired for $1 billion in 2012. The largest Korean messenger Kakao and Internet portal Daum formed holding company Daum Kakao ($9.5 billion).

LinkedIn and educational platform Lynda.com made a deal for $1.5 billion in April 2015. Intuit, the developer of platforms Quicken, TurboTax and Quickenbooks, acquired financial service Mint.com for $170 million in 2009. Microsoft bought Mojang, the developer of the popular game Minecraft in late 2014 for $2.5 billion. The company is a manufacturer of devices for “smart” home Nest was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014. In 2014, Facebook acquired the creators of virtual reality helmet Oculus for $2 billion.

In March 2015 Twitter has acquired streaming service Periscope approximately $100 million. Chinese Internet giant Tencent acquired the majority of shares of the developer of League of Legends in 2011. Japanese Telecom giant Softbank partially acquired Nordic game developer Supercell (Clash of Clans) for $1.5 billion in 2013.

At the moment, Softbank owns 73% of the company. The deal between Amazon and Twitch took place in 2014. The Internet giant purchased the game streaming service for $1 billion. Alibaba regularly invested in a developer of the Internet browser and UCWeb search engine in the period from 2009 to 2013, which resulted in control over 66% of the company.

In 2014, Alibaba acquired the remaining share at a total valuation of $1.9 billion. A service to create short videos Vine was acquired for $30 million in 2012, 4 months after its creation. In 2013, Google acquired the service road navigation Waze for $1.3 billion. Social network Facebook has made a deal with the makers of WhatsApp messenger in 2014, the company was valued at $19 billion. Amazon acquired the online Shoe store Zappos for $807 million in 2009.

Source: google.co.uk/blog/

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