Tech companies are in constant negotiations to acquire startups that could help them in the future.
Google has made the most acquisitions, with an average of nearly a dozen a year.
Microsoft, Cisco and IBM make fewer acquisitions, but the companies they buy tend to have higher valuations.
To stay successful in tech, companies must find a way to walk alongside the cutting edge of innovation.
Companies do this partially by devoting a large portion of their resources towards research and development (R&D) – but to hedge their bets, these companies also are in constant negotiations to gobble up new startups that could be strategic to their futures
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