The Race For : Google, Twitter, Intel, Apple In A Rush To Grab Startups
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Corporate giants like Google, IBM, Yahoo, Intel, Apple and Salesforce are competing in the race to acquire private companies, with Ford, Samsung, GE, and Uber emerging as new entrants. Over 200 private companies using An algorithm is a fixed set of instructions for a computer. It can be very simple like "as long as the incoming number is smaller than 10, print "Hello World!". It can also be very complicated such as the algorithms behind self-driving cars. across different verticals have been acquired since 2012, with over 30 acquisitions taking place in Q1’17 alone (as of 3/24/17). This quarter also saw one of the largest M&A deals: Ford’s acquisition of Argo for $1B. In 2013, Google picked up and Neural Networks are simplified abstract models of the human brain. Usually they have different layers and many nodes. Each layer receives input on which it carries out simple computations, and passes on the result to the next layer, by the final layer the answer to whatever problem will be produced. startup DNNresearch from the computer science department at the University of Toronto. This acquisition reportedly helped Google make major upgrades to its image search feature. In 2014 Google acquired British company DeepMind Technologies for some $600M (Google’s DeepMind program recently beat a human world champion in the board game “Go”). Last year, it acquired visual search startup Moodstock, and A bot is a piece of code, which does a predefined set of actions on behalf of someone. Bots are used to manage Twitter Followers, they answer email requests or order more supplies as soon a certain item runs low. platform Api.. More recently, in Q1’17, Google acquired platform Kaggle.
Intel and Facebook are tied for third place. The former acquired 3 startups in 2016 alone: Itseez , Nervana Systems , and Movidius , while Facebook acquired Belarus-based Masquerade Technologies and Switzerland-based Zurich Eye recently.
Twitter is the next most-active acquirer, with 4 major acquisitions, the most recent being image-processing startup Magic Pony . Twitter is tied with Microsoft, which recently acquired Genee and conversational startup Maluuba .
Salesforce, which joined the race in 2015 with the acquisition of Tempo , made two major acquisitions last year: Khosla Ventures-backed MetaMind and open-source machine- server PredictionIO . GE made 2 acquisitions in November 2016: -IoT startup Bit Stew Systems , and CRM-focused Wise.io .
The timeline below […]