Founders should not hesitate from considering an exit even if the startup is at an early stage. If you feel that things are not going as hoped, finding a buyer should absolutely be in the list of probable solutions.
In 2013, when Amazon acquired a little known one-year-old startup EVI Technologies, one would have hardly imagined the value it would bring to the e-commerce company. But now we know how important that deal was. The $26 million buy played a key role in development of Alexa, the digital assistant which is now one of the central projects of Amazon.
The tech giants that we know today didn't grow naturally to this size. They owe their rise to hundreds of acquisitions spanning over decades. These deals — some big but mostly small — are worth knowing about. As a lot has already been written on the defining tech deals like Facebook-Instagram and Google-Android, we decided to compose a list of those successful acquisitions that didn't get their fair share of popularity.