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Tech companies have made more than 40 acquisitions of start-ups based around artificial intelligence (AI) since 2011, with Google's 10 purchases making it the most active acquirer.


  • Few AI start-up acquisitions disclosed the price, but for the 13 deals that did, reported purchase prices amounted to nearly $2.5bn.

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  • Analyzes how acquiring AI-related start-ups play into a company's overall strategy.
  • Compare the number of deals and amount spent on AI start-ups by tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Key questions answered

  • Which companies are most active in acquiring AI startups?
  • How does AI fit into the strategies of disparate companies such as Google, Twitter, and Verizon?

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  • Summary
  • Use cases for AI emerge as the Internet generates more data
  • Expect convergence with IoT and AR
  • Machine learning as a service


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