Top 16 Technology Acquirers

As part of my fantabulous week off, I caught up on some reading that had been sitting in my “to read” email folder.

Nine months ago I posted a chart of the top large cap M&A buyers from 2004 through spring 2005.  I thought  I’d revisit this list with the top 16 technology acquirers from 2003 through January 2006 courtesy of America’s Growth Capital.  The companies are listed in order of acquisitiveness with the number of acquisitions over the period listed in ( )’s.

IBM (28)
Cisco (28)
IAC (16)
Symantec (16)
Hewlett-Packard (16)
Yahoo! (15)
Oracle (14)
Verisign (14)
Ebay (13)
CA (11)
Google (11)
Infor (11)
Broadcom (10)
EMC (10)
Intel (10)
Microsoft (10)

When you extend the period and include the balance of 2005, SAP, Sun, and Juniper fall of the previous list.  In addition, there’s been plenty of M&A activity in February and March to date (e.g. Google acquiring Writely and Boulder’s very own @Last) which reshuffles things a little in the middle of the pack.

  • Google disclosed in their 2005 10-K that they acquired 15 companies in 2005. They “acquired all of the voting interests of nine companies and substantially all of the assets of six other companies.”

    I can only come up with a few of these companies:

    1. Urchin Software
    2. Dodgeball
    3. Akwan Information Technologies
    4. Reqwireless

    Anyone know the rest?

  • Things are moving quickly

    Technology never stands still, so it stands to reason that tech acquirers have to be pretty nimble. I stumbled across a list compiled by Brad Feld at Mobius Venture Capital on the top tech acquirers from 2003 to 2005 here.