Consider the tech giant Yahoo. After acquiring 30 companies in 2013, for example, Yahoo, one of the biggest acqui-hire companies out there, saw its acquisitions drop off by nearly 40 percent to about 17 in 2014, according to CB Insights. And 2015 looks to have been a quiet acquisition year for the struggling search company, which purchased only two companies this year.
What is Acqui-hire?
Buy out (a company) primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for its products or services.