Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) was named at the top in the list of 10 most active tech acquirers in 2013. Yahoo! acquired 22 private U.S. companies last year. Yahoo! acquired more companies than Google, Apple, and Facebook, according to PrivCo. This is a major shift from 2012 when Yahoo! was not in the list of the top 50 acquirers. Despite all of the acquisitions, Yahoo!’s revenues were pretty flat.
Yahoo! acquired companies like Summly, Snip.it, ad Tumblr. Since Alibaba.com is going public soon, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer will have a lot more access to cash.
?Marissa Mayer with Alibaba money ? that?s kind of frightening,? said PrivCo CEO Sam Hamadeh in an interview with VentureBeat.
Under Yahoo! is Google. Google acquired 19 U.S. tech companies last year. Below Google is Autodesk with 11 acquisitions. None of the top 10 acquirers are private, but Twitter made all of its 2013 acquisitions prior to its IPO. Private equity firm Marlin Equity is at the #9 spot. PrivCo uses research based on proprietary, in-house data.