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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