1. Top 5 Start-up Acquirers of 2012

    Top 5 Start-up Acquirers of 2012

    Large companies spent a collective $84 billion to buy tech start-ups last year. Check out who made the most deals and what motivated them. When you're an entrepreneur, getting acquired is always a possibility and one of the down-the-road exit strategies you keep in the back of your mind. But in high tech, the pace of big companies buying small firms has exploded to a degree that might surprise you. Try 2,357 private tech firms bought in 2012 for a total of about $84 billion, according to private company market analyst PrivCo. PrivCo looked at the top 100 acquiring companies. You might be surprised at who's gobbling up start-ups the fastest. Here are the top five in order of the number of acquisitions, according to PrivCo: FacebookGoogleGrouponTwitterCisco That's right, Apple's not in the top five. Neither is Microsoft or Oracle or HP. But privately-held Twitter ...

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