Google to Gobble Gobble Gobble or Just Selling High

Just one day after I suggested that Google’s acquisition strategy is to cherry-pick small pre-significant-funding startups to buy innovation and engineering talent, the company announces that it plans to sell approximately $4.2B in shares of its stock. And as Paul Kedrosky concluded, “It seems fairly certain, therefore, that Google has some company-buying in mind.” Large company-buying if that’s the case. It appears that Google’s past purchases are perhaps not necessarily indicative of its future ones. So now both low-flying seed-stage companies and larger-cap techs are potential acquisition targets. Internet startups seeking liquidity have even more reason to become hopeful.

The alternative explanation, however, is that Google views its stock as overpriced and is “selling high” while it can. This is at least the second event this month of “selling search” – the other was Jupitermedia Corporation selling Searchenginewatch.com and the SearchEngine Strategies show.

UPDATE: Apropos, you can check out Rags’ blog for a job posting from Google “looking for people of all levels of experience to join its M&A team.”

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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