The Sunnyvale-based firm notably acquired Tumblr and Summly last year.
With 22 acquisitions made in 2013, Yahoo! earns the title of most active buyer of US technology companies. The Internet service company takes second place to Apple, Facebook and even Google. This ranking, carried out by the American research firm PrivCo specializing in finance, has changed significantly compared to 2012: the year when Yahoo! was not even in the list of the 50 biggest buyers, as pointed out VentureBeat.
Last year, the company headed by Marissa Meyer acquired small structures such as the Summly content aggregator created by young Nick d’Aloisio and Snip.it, but also larger investments with the Tumblr takeover for 1.1 billion dollars in May 2013.
Apple in 5th position
Despite this dynamism in terms of acquisitions, the CEO of PrivCo Sam Hamadeh asks the American site about the strategy of Yahoo! : “When you buy a business every two weeks, the problem is do you put them in the framework of a global project? “He asks himself, before pointing out that” despite all these acquisitions, the revenues of Yahoo! remain without relief ”.
In the top 10 of the ranking, we find Google in second position, followed – in order – by: software publisher Autodesk, Facebook, Apple, Cisco, Twitter, Groupon, Marlin equity Partners then IBM.