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Who Gets Billion-Dollar Acquisitions?

Oculus VR acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion in 2014

Oculus VR Founders

Oculus VR Founders: John Carmack, Nate Mitchell, Palmer Luckey, Michael Antonov, and Brendan Iribe

WhatsApp acquired by Facebook for $19 Billion in 2014

WhatsAppFounders

WhatsApp Founders: Brian Acton and Jan Koum

AirWatch acquired by VMware for $1.54 Billion in 2014

AirWatch Founders

AirWatch Founders: Alan Dabbiere and John Marshall

Nest acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in 2013

Nest Founders

Nest Founders: Matt Rogers and Tony Fadell

SoftLayer acquired by IBM for $2 Billion in 2013

SoftLayer Founder

SoftLayer Founder: Lance Crosby

Tumblr acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 Billion in 2013

Tumblr Founder

Tumblr Founder: David Karp

Yammer acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 Billion in 2012

Yammer Founders

Yammer Founders: David. O Sacks and Adam Pisoni

Instagram acquired by Facebook for $1 Billion in 2012

Instagram Founders

Instagram Founders: Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom

Skype acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 Billion in 2011

Skype Founders

Skype Founders: Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis

aQuantive acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 Billion in 2007

aQuantive Founder

aQuantive Founder: Nick Hanauer (Avenue A. co-founder Mike Leo exited before acquisition)

DoubleClick acquired by Google for $3.1 Billion in 2007

DoubleClick Founders

DoubleClick Founders: Dwight Merriman and Kevin Ryan (Kevin O’Connor not pictured)

YouTube acquired by Google for $1.65 Billion in 2006

YouTube Founders

YouTube Founders: Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim

Visio acquired by Microsoft for $1.375 Billion in 2000

Visio Founders

Visio Founders: Ted Johnson and Jeremy Jaech (Dave Walter not pictured)


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  • gpouliot

    So apparently the answer is white guys…