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Top Five Technology Companies

Top Five Tech Companies

The names of the top five technologies companies are dominated with the biggest technology and since they were founded, they acquired numerous companies and made them subsidiaries. So this is the article of the top five tech companies and their big acquisitions. The top five tech companies are:
  • Amazon.
  • Apple.
  • Google.
  • Microsoft. 
  • Facebook.

Top Five Tech Companies



Amazon

Founded: 5 July 1994 by Jeff Bezos.

Amazon is the biggest retailer globally and also it is the world's largest Internet company by revenue. Since Amazon founded they acquired 100+ companies and make them subsidiaries. Some Top Companies Acquired by Amazon are:

  • Alexa Internt Inc.
  • Audible.
  • IMDb.
  • Twitch.
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Alexa Internet Inc.

  • Founded: 1 April 1996 by Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat
  • Purchased: 23 May 1999
  • Cost of Purchase: $250 Million
  • Alexa Internet Inc. is basically a website traffic analysis company.

Audible

  • Founded: January 1995 by Donald Katz
  • Purchased: 31 January 2008
  • Cost of Purchase: $300 Million.
  • Audible is a company that mainly sells audio versions of newspapers, books, and magazines digitally.

IMDb

  • Founded: 17 October 1990 by Col Needham 
  • Purchased: 27 April 1998
  • Cost of Purchase: $55 Million
  • IMDb is the biggest online database of information related to films, TV programs, and online streaming.

Twitch

  • Founded: 6 June 2011 by Justin Kan 
  • Purchased: 25 August 2014
  • Cost of Purchase: $970 Million
  • Twitch is a live streaming video platform.

Apple

Founded: 1 April 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

Apple is one of the top tech company and it is a very well known brand by everyone. Since Apple founded they acquired 110+ companies and make them subsidiaries. Apple prefers acquiring small companies that can easily integrate into its line of products. Some Top Companies Acquired by Apple are:

  • Siri.
  • NeXT Inc.
  • Emagic.
  • Shazam.
Apple tech company

Siri

  • Founded: By Gruber, Dag Kittlaus, and Adam Cheyer
  • Purchased: 27 April 2010
  • Cost of Purchase: $200 Million
  • Siri is a virtual assistant that is a part of Apple Inc.

NeXT Inc.

  • Founded: 20 June 1985 by Steve Jobs
  • Purchased: 7 February 1997
  • Cost of Purchase: $429 Million
  • NeXT Inc is a computer software company.

Emagic

  • Founded: September 1992 by Gerhard Lengeling, Chris Adam, and Sven Junge 
  • Purchased: 1 July 2002
  • Cost of Purchase: $30 Million
  • Emagic was a music hardware and software company.

Shazam

  • Founded: 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang, and Dhiraj Mukherjee.
  • Purchased: 24 September 2018
  • Cost of Purchase: $400 Million
  • Shazam is a visual identification company than can identify audio and video based on a short sample.

Microsoft

Founded: 4 April 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Microsoft is one of the oldest in the top five tech companies. Microsoft has acquired an average of six companies in a year. Since Apple founded they acquired 230+ companies and make them subsidiaries. Some Top Companies Acquired by Microsoft are:

  • LinkedIn.
  • Skype.
  • Hotmail.
  • GitHub.
Microsoft tech company

LinkedIn

  • Founded: 28 December 2002 by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, and Jena-Luc Vaillant.
  • Purchased: 8 December 2016
  • Cost of Purchase: $26.2 Billion
  • LinkedIn is a professional networking company and employment-oriented service.

Skype 

  • Founded: 29 August 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom, and Janus Friis
  • Purchased: 10 May 2011
  • Cost of Purchase: $8.5 Billion
  • Skype is a telecommunication company that provides a voice call, video chat, and instant messaging services via the Internet.

Hotmail

  • Founded: 4 July 1996 by Jack Smith
  • Purchased: 31 December 1997
  • Cost of Purchase: $500 Million
  • The current form of Hotmail is Outlook.com, which is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts, tasks, and calendaring services.

Github

  • Founded: 8 February 2008 by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, P.J. Hyett, and Scott Chacon
  • Purchased: 26 October 2018
  • Cost of Purchase: $7.5 Billion
  • GitHub is a company that provides hosting for software development.

Facebook

Founded: 4 February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes

Facebook is one of the top five tech companies and the number one social media company. With an average of 2.3 Billion active users, Facebook has grown at an exponential rate since its founding. Since Facebook founded they acquired 80+ companies and make them subsidiaries. Some Top Companies Acquired by Facebook are:

  • WhatsApp.
  • Instagram.
  • Oculus VR.
  • FriendFeed.
Facebook tech company

WhatsApp

  • Founded: January 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton
  • Purchased: 19 April 2014
  • Cost of Purchase: $19 Billion
  • WhatsApp is a messenger based which allows users to send messages, media, document, and make voice and video calls.

Instagram

  • Founded: 6 October 2010 by Kevin Systrom, and Mike Krieger
  • Purchased: 9 April 2012
  • Cost of Purchase: $1 Billion
  • Instagram is a social-media company mainly for sharing photos and videos.

Oculus VR

  • Founded: July 2012 by Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe, Jack McCauley, Nate Mitchell, and Michael Antonov.
  • Purchased: 25 March 2014
  • Cost of Purchase: $3 Billion
  • Oculus VR is a virtual reality software and hardware company.

FriendFeed

  • Founded: 2 October 2007 by Paul Buchheit, Bret Taylor, Jim Norris, and Sanjeev Singh
  • Purchased: 9 April 2012
  • Cost of Purchase: $1 Billion
  • FriendFeed is a real-time feed aggregator from any type of RSS/Atom Feed.

Google 

Founded: 4 September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google is one of the very well-known company and it is very huge in the technology industry. Since Facebook founded they acquired 220+ companies and make them subsidiaries. Google acquired companies are very popular worldwide. Some Top Companies Acquired by Google are:

  • YouTube.
  • Blogger.
  • Android.
  • Waze.
google tech company

YouTube

  • Founded: 14 February 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim
  • Purchased: 9 October 2006
  • Cost of Purchase: $1.65 Billion
  • YouTube is a video sharing company.

Blogger 

  • Founded: 23 August 1999 by Evan Williams, and Meg Hourihan 
  • Purchased: 8 October 2003
  • Cost of Purchase: (Unrevealed)
  • Blogger is a blog-publishing service.

Android

  • Founded: October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, and Chris White
  • Purchased: July 2005
  • Cost of Purchase: $50 Million
  • Android is a mobile operating system based on Linux kernel and other open-source software.

Waze 

  • Founded: 9 April 2006 by Uri Levine, Amir Shinar, and Ehud Shabtai
  • Purchased: 11 August 2013
  • Cost of Purchase: $966 Million
  • Waze is a GPS navigation software.


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