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List of mergers and acquisitions by Facebook

Facebook is a social networking company that has acquired more than 50 companies, including WhatsApp. The WhatsApp acquisition closed at a steep $19 billion; more than $40 per user of the platform. Facebook also purchased the defunct company ConnectU in a court settlement and acquired intellectual property formerly held by rival Friendster. The majority of the companies acquired by Facebook are based in the United States, and in turn, a large percentage of these companies are based in or around the San Francisco Bay Area. Facebook has also made investments in LuckyCal and Wildfire Interactive.

Most of Facebook's acquisitions have been 'talent acquisitions' and acquired products are often shut-down. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that "We have not once bought a company for the company. We buy companies to get excellent people... In order to have a really entrepreneurial culture one of the key things is to make sure we're recruiting the best people. One of the ways to do this is to focus on acquiring great companies with great founders."[1] The Instagram acquisition, announced on 2012-04-09, appears to be the first exception to this pattern.[2]

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AcquisitionsEdit

# Acquisition date Company Business Location Value (USD) Related to Used as / Integrated with Talent acquired Refs
1 August 23, 2005 facebook.com domain name AboutFace   USA, Boston, Massachusetts $200,000  — name change from Thefacebook.com  — [3][4]
2 July 19, 2007 Parakey Offline applications/Web desktop   USA, Mountain View, California Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital Facebook Mobile Blake Ross, Joe Hewitt [5]
3 June 23, 2008 ConnectU Social networking   USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts $31,000,000 i2Hub (Court settlement) None [6][7]
4 August 10, 2009 FriendFeed Social networking aggregator   USA, Mountain View, California $47,500,000 Benchmark Capital, ex-Google Paul Buchheit, Bret Taylor, Jim Norris, Sanjeev Singh, 8 others [8]
5 February 19, 2010 Octazen Contact importer   Malaysia, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur FriendFinder 2 engineers (remote workers) [9]
6 March 2, 2010 Divvyshot Photo management   USA, San Francisco, California Y Combinator, AngelList Facebook Photos Sam Odio, Paul Carduner [10]
7 May 13, 2010 Friendster patents Intellectual property/patents   USA, Mountain View, California  Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur $40,000,000 None [11]
8 May 26, 2010 ShareGrove Private conversations/Forums   USA, San Mateo, California Elm Street Ventures Facebook Groups Kent Libbey, Adam Wolff [12]
9 July 8, 2010 Nextstop Travel recommendations   USA, San Francisco, California $2,500,000 ex-Google Charles Lin, Carl Sjogreen, Adrian Graham [13]
10 August 15, 2010 Chai Labs Internet applications   USA, Mountain View, California $10,000,000 Merus Capital, ex-Google Gokul Rajaram, Giri Rajaram, others [14]
11 August 20, 2010 Hot Potato Check-ins/status updates   USA, Brooklyn, New York ~$10,000,000 RRE Ventures Facebook Places Saadiq Rodgers-King, Justin Shaffer, 6 others [15]
12 October 29, 2010 Drop.io File hosting and sharing   USA, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York ~$10,000,000 RRE Ventures Sam Lessin [16]
13 November 15, 2010 FB.com domain name American Farm Bureau Federation   USA, Washington, D.C. $8,500,000  —  —  — [17]
14 January 25, 2011 Rel8tion Mobile advertising   USA, Seattle, Washington undisclosed Peter Wilson [18]
15 March 2, 2011 Beluga Group messaging   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed Facebook Messenger Jonathan Perlow, Lucy Zhang, Ben Davenport [19]
16 March 20, 2011 Snaptu Mobile app developer   UK, London, England $70,000,000 Mobile [20]
17 March 24, 2011 RecRec Computer vision   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Dogpatch Labs [21]
18 April 27, 2011 DayTum Information graphics   USA, SoHo, New York City Nicholas Felton, Ryan Case [22]
19 June 9, 2011 Sofa Software design   Netherlands, Amsterdam Koen Bok, Dirk Stoop, Jasper Hauser, Hugo van Heuven, Jorn van Dijk [23]
20 June 9, 2011 MailRank Email prioritization   USA, New York, New York Bryan O’Sullivan and Bethanye McKinney Blount [24]
21 August 2, 2011 Push Pop Press Digital publishing   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Co-founders Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris [25][26][27]
22 October 10, 2011 Friend.ly Social casual Q&A service app   USA, Mountain View, California undisclosed [28][29][30]
23 November 8, 2011 Strobe HTML5 mobile apps, SproutCore   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Mobile engineering team Founder and CEO Charles Jolley, other Strobe employees [31][32]
24 December 2, 2011 Gowalla Location Based Service   USA, Austin, Texas [33]
25 February 20, 2012 Caffeinatedmind In-browser file transfer   USA, California
26 April 9, 2012 Instagram Photo sharing   USA, San Francisco, California $1,000,000,000
27 April 13, 2012 Tagtile Customer loyalty app   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Tagtile's founders [34][35]
28 May 5, 2012 Glancee Social discovery platform   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Three co-founders [36][37]
29 May 15, 2012 Lightbox.com Photo sharing   UK, London, England undisclosed Thai Tran, Nilesh Patel, Five employees [38]
30 May 21, 2012 Karma Social gifting   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Facebook Gifts Lee Linden, Ben Lewis [39]
31 June 18, 2012 Face.com Face recognition platform   Israel, Tel Aviv $100,000,000 [40][41]
32 July 14, 2012 Spool Mobile bookmarking and sharing content   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Mobile engineering team Avichal Garg, Curtis Spencer, Six employees [42]
33 July 20, 2012 Acrylic Software RSS app Pulp and secure database app Wallet   Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia undisclosed Facebook's design team Two employees [43]
34 August 24, 2012 Threadsy Threadsy is a social aggregator, Maker of social marketing tool Swaylo   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed [44]
35 February 28, 2013 Atlas Solutions Atlas advertiser suite   USA, Seattle, Washington less than $100,000,000 [45]
36 March 2013 osmeta Mobile software   USA, Mountain View, CA 17 engineers [46]
37 March 14, 2013 Hot Studio Design agency   USA, New York, New York, San Francisco, California [47]
38 April 23, 2013 Spaceport Cross-platform game framework   USA, Burlingame, California [48]
39 April 25, 2013 Parse Mobile app backends   USA, San Francisco, California $85,000,000 [49]
40 July 18, 2013 Monoidics Automatic verification software   UK, London, England [50]
41 August 12, 2013 Jibbigo Speech translation app   USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [51]
42 October 13, 2013 Onavo Mobile analytics and Israel Facebook Headquarters Office   Israel, Tel Aviv [52]
43 December 17, 2013 SportStream Sports conversation analysis   USA, San Francisco, California [53]
44 January 8, 2014 Little Eye Labs Performance analysis and monitoring tools for Android   India, Bengaluru, Karnataka $15,000,000[54] [55]
45 January 13, 2014 Branch Web conversation platform   USA, New York, New York $15,000,000 [56]
46 February 19, 2014 WhatsApp Mobile instant messaging   USA, Mountain View, California $19,000,000,000 Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum [57]
47 March 25, 2014 Oculus VR Virtual reality technology   USA, Irvine, California $2,000,000,000 Co-founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe, Engineer Chris Dycus, and CTO John D. Carmack [58][59]
48 March 27, 2014 Ascenta High-altitude UAVs   UK, Somerset, England $20,000,000 [60]
49 April 24, 2014 ProtoGeo Oy Fitness tracking app Moves   Finland, Helsinki undisclosed [61]
50 August 7, 2014 PrivateCore Secure Server Technology   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed [62]
51 August 14, 2014 LiveRail Publisher Monetization Platform   USA, San Francisco, California $400,000,000-$500,000,000 [63]
52 August 26, 2014 WaveGroup Sound Sound Studio   USA, Burlingame, California undisclosed [64]
53 January 6, 2015 Wit.ai Speech recognition   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed [65]
54 January 8, 2015 Quickfire Networks Video Compression   USA, San Diego, California undisclosed [66][67]
55 March 14, 2015 TheFind, Inc. Ecommerce   USA, Mountain View, California undisclosed [68]
56 May 26, 2015 Surreal Vision Computer vision, augmented reality   UK, London, England undisclosed [69]
57 July 16, 2015 Pebbles Computer vision, augmented reality   Israel, Kfar Saba $60,000,000 [70]
58 March 9, 2016 MSQRD (Masquerade) Visual effects (Face-swapping)   Belarus, Minsk undisclosed CEO, Eugene Nevgen, Sergey Gonchar, Eugene Zatepyakin (co-founders) [71][72]
59 May 23, 2016 Two Big Ears Spatial Audio   UK, Scotland undisclosed [73]
60 October 10, 2016 Infiniled Oculus VR   Ireland, Cork undisclosed
61 November 11, 2016 CrowdTangle Publisher analytics   USA undisclosed [74]
62 November 16, 2016 Faciometrics Computer Vision, Machine Learning   USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania undisclosed Carnegie Mellon University Fernando De la Torre [75]

See alsoEdit

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