These are the 5 Most Active Acquirers of NYC Startups

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Acquirers of NYC Startups

Recently, I took a look at 20 NYC Startup Acquisitions in 2016. In following through with the theme of acquisitions, today I examine some historical data surrounding acquisitions of New York-based startups from our friends at Crunchbase. As I have mentioned earlier in a previously published piece highlighting NYC venture firm exit rates, liquidity tends to be of paramount importance for both entrepreneurs and investors to make money. Corporations have been active investors in startups recently as excess cash looms on the balance sheet but at what rate are these corporates actually acquiring startups, presenting a path to liquidity.

The following data looks at the 5 most active acquirers of NYC-based startups historically.  For the each acquirer included is the number of acquisitions, the target company, the transaction amount when available, and date of transaction. The first acquisition recorded in this set is from 1964! As both entrepreneurs and investors, it’s important to know the companies acquiring startups in your market and in your space. It’s also important to note that this data is set is not exhaustive and that not all acquisition transactions are reported. The report also undoubtedly includes acquihires – so not all acquisitions should be construed to indicate “success”.




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About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, the largest media property focused on the NYC tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street. Recognized as a global thought leader, Reza has been named one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on multiple occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures. Reza routinely speaks on the global startup ecosystem and is an advisor to advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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