Big tech companies are on acquisition sprees, but the strategy is more about talent than products.
In the consumer Internet industry, the best engineers and product managers are often those who forgo high-profile jobs and salaries to start their own businesses or work on small startup teams. That's a problem for rapidly expanding companies like Facebook and Zynga that are trying to hire on a massive scale while maintaining high quality.
Thus the term "acqhired," which applies to companies that buy startups for the purpose of bringing on talent they couldn't otherwise attract. Facebook has made 20 such moves in the last four years.
In the short term, everybody wins but the venture capitalists who don't get to see their investments turned into the next Google. The big company gets proven talent, and the talent gets a big payday and the ego stroke of an established company buying them out.
In the long term though, engineers predisposed to working at a startup are likely to jump ship to another new venture rather than work in a larger corporation -- as soon as their stock options vest, of course. (NYT)
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