HP + Palm
When one big dumb company buys another, there’s never a net gain in intelligence. Ask Palm, which itself spent $11 million in 2001 buying Be, Inc. assets, only to ineffectually fold portions of its technology into a product nobody bought (the Cobalt OS). It was subsequently put into cold storage.
Or consider HP, which merged in 2001 with Compaq for a spectacular $25 billion, converting the two companies’ combined 18.3% share of the PC market into a merged company that subsequently sat on a 14.5% share for the next half decade, only to work its way back up to its historical high through the volume sales of unprofitable, low end junkware PC and netbooks.
Post merger, HP destroyed nearly all the cool things Compaq brought to the table, including but not limited to its DEC Alpha processor and its Digital Unix, also known as Tru64. HP essentially paid $25 billion to erase a competitor and gain a low end brand name for it could apply to some of its PCs. And its iPaq PDAs, don’t forget those.
Väldigt lång postning, men ett måste för dig som vill läsa på lite om hur HP hanterat sina uppköp så här långt…