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List of mergers and acquisitions by Facebook

Facebook is a social networking company that has acquired 69 other 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 primarily been "talent acquisitions" and acquired products are often shut-down. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated in 2010 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 have been the first exception to this pattern.[2] While continuing with a pattern of primarily talent acquisitions, other notable product focused acquisitions include the $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition and the $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition.

Contents

AcquisitionsEdit

Acquisition date Company Business Location Value (USD) Related to Used as / Integrated with Talent acquired Refs

August 23, 2005

facebook.com domain name AboutFace   USA, Boston, Massachusetts 200,000  — name change from Thefacebook.com  — [3][4]

July 19, 2007

Parakey Offline applications/Web desktop   USA, Mountain View, California Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital Facebook Mobile Blake Ross, Joe Hewitt [5]

June 23, 2008

ConnectU Social networking   USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts 31,000,000 i2Hub (Court settlement) None [6][7]

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]

February 19, 2010

Octazen Contact importer   Malaysia, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur FriendFinder 2 engineers (remote workers) [9]

March 2, 2010

Divvyshot Photo management   USA, San Francisco, California Y Combinator, AngelList Facebook Photos Sam Odio, Paul Carduner [10]

May 13, 2010

Friendster patents Intellectual property/patents   USA, Mountain View, California  Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 40,000,000 None [11]

May 26, 2010

ShareGrove Private conversations/Forums   USA, San Mateo, California Elm Street Ventures Facebook Groups Kent Libbey, Adam Wolff [12]

July 8, 2010

Nextstop Travel recommendations   USA, San Francisco, California 2,500,000 ex-Google Charles Lin, Carl Sjogreen, Adrian Graham [13]

August 15, 2010

Chai Labs Internet applications   USA, Mountain View, California 10,000,000 Merus Capital, ex-Google Gokul Rajaram, Giri Rajaram, others [14]

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]

October 29, 2010

Drop.io File hosting and sharing   USA, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York ~10,000,000 RRE Ventures Sam Lessin [16]

November 15, 2010

FB.com domain name American Farm Bureau Federation   USA, Washington, D.C. 8,500,000  —  —  — [17]

January 25, 2011

Rel8tion Mobile advertising   USA, Seattle, Washington undisclosed Peter Wilson [18]

March 2, 2011

Beluga Group messaging   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed Facebook Messenger Jonathan Perlow, Lucy Zhang, Ben Davenport [19]

March 20, 2011

Snaptu Mobile app developer   Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel 70,000,000 Mobile [20]

March 24, 2011

RecRec Computer vision   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Dogpatch Labs [21]

April 27, 2011

DayTum Information graphics   USA, SoHo, New York City Nicholas Felton, Ryan Case [22]

June 9, 2011

Sofa Software design   Netherlands, Amsterdam Koen Bok, Dirk Stoop, Jasper Hauser, Hugo van Heuven, Jorn van Dijk [23]

June 9, 2011

MailRank Email prioritization   USA, New York, New York Bryan O’Sullivan and Bethanye McKinney Blount [24]

August 2, 2011

Push Pop Press Digital publishing   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Co-founders Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris [25][26][27]

October 10, 2011

Friend.ly Social casual Q&A service app   USA, Mountain View, California undisclosed [28][29][30]

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]

December 02, 2011

Gowalla Location Based Service   USA, Austin, Texas [33]

February 20, 2012

Caffeinatedmind In-browser file transfer   USA, California

April 9, 2012

Instagram Photo sharing   USA, San Francisco, California 1,000,000,000

April 13, 2012

Tagtile Customer loyalty app   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Tagtile's founders [34][35]

May 5, 2012

Glancee Social discovery platform   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Three co-founders [36][37]

May 15, 2012

Lightbox.com Photo sharing   UK, London, England undisclosed Thai Tran, Nilesh Patel, Five employees [38]

May 21, 2012

Karma Social gifting   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Facebook Gifts Lee Linden, Ben Lewis [39]

June 18, 2012

Face.com Face recognition platform   Israel, Tel Aviv 100,000,000 [40][41]

July 14, 2012

Spool Mobile bookmarking and sharing content   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed Mobile engineering team Avichal Garg, Curtis Spencer, Six employees [42]

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]

August 24, 2012

Threadsy Threadsy is a social aggregator, Maker of social marketing tool Swaylo   USA, San Francisco, California undisclosed [44]

February 28, 2013

Atlas Solutions Atlas advertiser suite   USA, Seattle, Washington less than 100,000,000 [45]

March 2013

osmeta Mobile software   USA, Mountain View, CA 17 engineers [46]

March 14, 2013

Hot Studio Design agency   USA, New York, New York, San Francisco, California [47]

April 23, 2013

Spaceport Cross-platform game framework   USA, Burlingame, California [48]

April 25, 2013

Parse Mobile app backends   USA, San Francisco, California 85,000,000 [49]

July 18, 2013

Monoidics Automatic verification software   UK, London, England [50]

August 12, 2013

Jibbigo Speech translation app   USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [51]

October 13, 2013

Onavo Mobile analytics and Israel Facebook Headquarters Office   Israel, Tel Aviv [52]

December 17, 2013

SportStream Sports conversation analysis   USA, San Francisco, California [53]

January 8, 2014

Little Eye Labs Performance analysis and monitoring tools for Android   India, Bengaluru, Karnataka 15,000,000 [54][55]

January 13, 2014

Branch Web conversation platform   USA, New York, New York 15,000,000 [56]

February 19, 2014

WhatsApp Mobile messaging   USA, Mountain View, California 19,000,000,000 Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum [57]

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]

March 27, 2014

Ascenta High-altitude UAVs   UK, Somerset, England 20,000,000 [60]

April 24, 2014

ProtoGeo Oy Fitness tracking app Moves   Finland, Helsinki undisclosed [61]

August 7, 2014

PrivateCore Secure Server Technology   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed [62]

August 14, 2014

LiveRail Publisher Monetization Platform   USA, San Francisco, California 400,000,000 - 500,000,000 [63]

August 26, 2014

WaveGroup Sound Sound Studio   USA, Burlingame, California undisclosed [64]

January 6, 2015

Wit.ai Speech recognition   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed [65]

January 8, 2015

Quickfire Networks Video Compression   USA, San Diego, California undisclosed [66][67]

March 14, 2015

TheFind, Inc. Ecommerce   USA, Mountain View, California undisclosed [68]

May 26, 2015

Surreal Vision Computer vision, augmented reality   UK, London, England undisclosed [69]

October 3, 2015

Endaga Rural communications   US, Oakland, California undisclosed [70]

July 16, 2015

Pebbles Computer vision, augmented reality   Israel, Kfar Saba 60,000,000 [71]

March 9, 2016

MSQRD (Masquerade) Visual effects (Face-swapping)   Belarus, Minsk undisclosed CEO, Eugene Nevgen, Sergey Gonchar, Eugene Zatepyakin (co-founders) [72][73]
May 23, 2016 Two Big Ears Spatial Audio   UK, Scotland undisclosed [74]
Sep 19, 2016 Nascent Objects Modular Electronics   US, California undisclosed [75]
October 10, 2016 Infiniled Oculus VR   Ireland, Cork undisclosed
November 11, 2016 CrowdTangle Publisher analytics   USA undisclosed [76]
November 16, 2016 Faciometrics Computer Vision, Machine Learning   USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania undisclosed Carnegie Mellon University Fernando De la Torre [77]
July 31, 2017 Ozlo Artificial Intelligence   USA, Palo Alto, California undisclosed Messenger [78]
October 16, 2017 tbh Anonymous social media app   USA, Oakland, California undisclosed CEO Nikita Bier, CTO Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza, Nicolas Ducdodon [79]
January 23, 2018 Confirm Government Issued ID Verification Platform   USA, Boston, Massachusetts undisclosed Bob Geiman, Ralph Rodriguez, Walt Doyle [80]

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