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1 year ago

The startup has recently been acquired by Google, but still operates independently as a lifestyle brand that sells shirts and accessories.

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2 years 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

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1 year 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.

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1 year 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.

168
3 years 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.

151
3 years ago

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

142
3 years 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.

141
2 years ago

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

137
3 years 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.

127
3 years 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.

126
3 years 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.

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1 year ago

The former CEO of a company called “Nexus”, which was acquired in 2016, wanted to build an app that would allow you to book a taxi through your phone in the same way you book a flight.

121
3 years 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

120
2 years ago

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

120
1 year 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.

120
2 years 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.

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2 years ago

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

116
2 years ago

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

112
10 months ago

In February 2018, Clearbit was acquired for an undisclosed amount.

110
2 years ago

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

107
2 years 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.

97
2 years 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.

96
10 months ago

In 2016, Clearbit was reported to be in talks to be acquired by Amazon.

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2 years 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.

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1 year ago

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

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5 months ago

A software company that helps companies design payroll and HR software. Recently acquired by Paychex.

84
1 year ago

was acquired by Square for $200 million in May.

79
10 months ago

A startup that has built a platform that enables companies to create mobile apps. The founders are veterans of a number of mobile startups, including several that have been acquired by Facebook.

79
1 year 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.

70
1 year 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.

67
2 years 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.

63
1 year 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.

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8 months ago

A company that helps fight hospital-acquired infections by providing remote patient monitoring services. It has seven employees, including four full-time. The company was founded by an oncologist.

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1 year ago

A company that helps brands maintain their brand personalities across the web. The startup started in 2014 and has had to make some adjustments to its business model after being acquired by Rakuten for $300 million in 2018. It’s now a Rakuten company and expanding from the US to the Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions.

47
7 months ago

A platform that helps contractors get insurance through their employers. The startup is in the process of being acquired.

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1 year ago

This platform helps businesses sell and manage their services in the healthcare space in a simple, intuitive way. The company is growing fast: it has 500 customers, and it was acquired by Apriva in June

38
10 months ago

A SaaS platform for restaurants that helps restaurant teams manage their ordering, delivery, and payroll operations. The startup was recently acquired by Groupon.

35
1 month ago

A cloud-based platform that helps healthcare organizations (hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices) reduce medical errors and improve patient safety at the point of care. CEO Justin Miller, former CTO of Radiology at Stanford Medicine, and CTO and co-founder of Machine Intelligence Watson, which was acquired by IBM.

30
5 months ago

This startup has built a cloud-based tool for hotels to allow guests to book a room, find nearby events and restaurants, get directions, and use its concierge services. HotelTonight was acquired by Priceline in 2015 for $775 million.

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9 months ago

An earlier version of the startup, called Viglink, helped websites with affiliate links generate revenue. It was acquired by the company Pagefair in September. Viglink is now a separate company, and Pagefair has changed how it charges for the affiliate marketplace. It’s also trying to make it easier for advertisers to buy links directly from publishers.

22
3 years 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.

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2 months ago

In early 2019, Softbank acquired a majority stake in the startup. It’s a software company that helps designers produce high-quality mockups for mobile apps.

17
2 days ago

In 2012, Y Combinator invested in the mobile strategy firm, Slide. The company was acquired by Google for $50 million in 2014.

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