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Google Acquisitions and Integrations – A Tale of Two Cities

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Google: A Tale of Two Cities (Acquisition and Integration-wise, That Is):

Google has two acquisition/integration “cities” or approaches. The first acquisition “city” is the one which Google has successfully evolved for its smaller acquisitions, and there have been many of them, since 2001. The second “city” is the one involving Google’s $12.6 billion mega acquisition and integration of Motorola Mobility. Regarding its smaller acquisitions, Google has a remarkable success story to tell. In the last five years, it has reshaped its approach from a an eclectic set of loosely thought through and opportunistic cluster of practices into a model for how to effectively search out promising target candidates and dynamically integrate entrepreneurial leaders and assets into the Google enterprise. This is the “city” we will be taking stock of in this month’s Newsletter.