Ben Popper has a deep-dive into Google’s acquisition history for The Verge. It’s long, but worth a read to get a glimpse behind the curtain.
In Silicon Valley, the natural order for founders who are acquired is to work in a company for a short period of time while their stock options vest, then leave to start something new. “Holding onto a founder for a year is considered an accomplishment,” says venture capitalist David Packman. Yet according to David Lawee, who runs the company’s M&A department, founders from nearly two thirds of the startups acquired by Google are still with the company.
Is there something special about Google’s DNA that makes it particularly adept at buying and integrating other companies? And has this aggressive M&A been key to Google’s success? That was the question I had come to answer.