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1 year ago

A "smart home monitoring" startup focused on energy efficiency. It's currently in a pre-launch stage, with a device that allows users to remotely turn off lights and lock doors with a smartphone, and the company says it has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding

7 months ago

Indeed.com launched in 2003, but has since grown into a market leader. Indeed.com has also been acquired by The Walt Disney Company in December 2018.

1 year ago

A platform that helps restaurants manage their supply chain and order inventory to keep the stores stocked. The startup was acquired by the parent company of Whole Foods.

1 year ago

Built on Python, Dropbox for Business is a collaboration and file sharing platform that works with Dropbox and Google Docs. The company was acquired by Dropbox in late 2018 for $100 million.

1 year ago

A SaaS company that helps companies with online payment solutions. The company was acquired by PayPal in 2012.

1 year ago

A way to stay in touch with a company long after they’ve been acquired.

1 year ago

A platform for making lists and reminders. The startup is led by the former CEO of a company called Reminders, which was acquired by Google in 2010.

1 year ago

CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.

1 year ago

A company making an AI-powered HR assistant that learns from employees and helps them work better. The startup was recently acquired by a bigger startup called TalentBin.

1 year ago

Saving autonomous mapping startup HERE from bankruptcy. A consortium led by the German car maker and German insurance company has acquired the self-driving mapping software startup, with the group looking to merge HERE’s mapping data with Nokia’s mapping assets and use it to build its own self-driving car platform.

1 year ago

A video sharing app for events and conferences. Following a seed round, it’s been acquired by Live Nation’s Blink.

1 year ago

A dating app that serves to connect people with the same interests through a private group. It is a spinoff of the successful PopSurvey, which was acquired by LinkedIn

1 year ago

Salesforce acquired this company to get deeper into the enterprise software market.

1 year ago

The startup behind Jobster, which helps employers and job seekers find each other, has been acquired by LinkedIn for $90 million

1 year ago

A software company that’s helping people organize their finances on their phones. The software was built by the founder of a financial services company that was acquired by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.

8 months ago

A set of tools for businesses to manage their online reputation. Reputation.com was a well-known startup that has been acquired by a large corporation, and is either relaunching as a separate company or being absorbed into that.

11 months ago

A startup that connects shoppers with crowdsourced personal shoppers. It has been acquired by Groupon.

1 year ago

This August, TechCrunch reported that Instagram was in talks with Facebook to acquire the company for as much as $1 billion. Instagram, which was founded in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and is a popular photography app that has more than 300 million users around the world. It was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and Facebook has since used Instagram to promote its other products, including Instagram Stories, and advertisements. Instagram has been a big investment for Facebook, and many think it has been one of the company's most successful acquisitions. However, Instagram's popularity has led to a lot of negative press coverage about the user data that Facebook has access to.

1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses create a website and marketing materials. They have a few clients now, all of whom are on the verge of being acquired by a bigger company.

3 months ago

This is the list of companies that have been acquired by other startups in the past year.

10 months ago

This list is based on companies that have raised a Series A, B or C round. Crunchbase tracks companies that have raised funding. It does not track companies that have acquired companies, or those that are now defunct.

2 months ago

was acquired by Square for $200 million in May.

6 months ago

A tool that helps entrepreneurs find customers by promising to help them find people who want to buy their products. The startup is currently in the process of being acquired by a larger consumer-facing company.

7 months ago

A 3-day conference for both founders and investors. It’s a conference for people who have acquired startups at some point in their career and want to learn from others.

1 month ago

One of the most popular travel websites in Germany, weka.de is the best-known example of a startup that built a successful website and was then acquired by the the German travel agency TUI.

6 months ago

The list of 30 companies below is generally regarded as the best of the best in the world at the time of the nomination, but they have since been acquired or sold, or have left the market.

1 year ago

Idea: A startup that helps companies reach out to job candidates with targeted content based on how they perform during an interview. The business model is similar to that of HireVue, which was acquired for $200 million by Glassdoor last year.