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Why AcqHire will never be an exit strategy in Asia | Bernard Leong (via Instapaper)

Why AcqHire will never be an exit strategy in Asia | Bernard Leong (via Instapaper)

Less frequency of acquisitions for tech companies in Asia due to technology arbitrage and pricing: First of all, most owners of Asian companies or conglomerates are thrifty and less expansive in their acquisitions. Our environment is less sophisticated as compared to what you see in Silicon Valley. If you see the acquisitions of Gowalla and Friendfeed which are examples of acqhire, the rationale is to hire talent on Facebook. They will put a price on the founders and then pay the rest with the stocks of the parent company. That’s also the reason why Twitter rejected the bid from Facebook four years ago, because the amount for payout was too low, based on rumors at that point of time. Asian companies only buy one talent and not an entire team of players : To an Asian owner, it’s too expensive to buy a team. Just buy the top guy and it’s enough. Unfortunately, if we examine ...

Full article: http://www.bernardleong.com/2012/01/05/acqhire-no-exit-st...

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