These startups are innovating across a variety of areas from edge computing to workflow automation, and could be the next acquisition targets of the world's largest enterprise technology company.
Acquisitions have played a central role in Microsoft’s strategy in recent years.
From the $26.2B acquisition of professional social network LinkedIn to the company’s recent acquisition of source code repository GitHub for $7.5B, Microsoft doesn’t hesitate to acquire companies that align with its various strategic initiatives.
Since Satya Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as CEO in February 2014, Microsoft’s value has grown by approximately 200%. And with a current market cap hovering around $820B, Microsoft is close to becoming the world’s most valuable company.
We used the CB Insights platform to surface 6 potential acquisition targets that would benefit Microsoft’s many businesses, from cloud to gaming.
Companies were selected based on stage, industry, valuation, recency of funding, investor quality, and Mosaic Score — CB Insights’ algorithm that uses financial and non-financial signals to predict private company health.
Each company on our list is currently active and private. Of the companies on our list, 1 is early-stage, 2 are mid-stage, and 3 are late-stage.