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Amazon is an e-commerce site that offers a range of services and products. It was started in 1996 and has three segments i.e. Amazon Web Services, International and North America. The products include content and merchandise that Amazon buys from vendors or third-party sellers. Amazon also manufactures its own electronic devices like tablets, phones, etc. The company has a subsidiary called Whole Foods Market, Inc. that is known for selling organic and healthy food and staples.

Amazon also provides some other services like advertising, credit cards, digital content subscriptions, publishing, fulfillment and database offerings. The main focus of Amazon is on convenience and price. Kindle is another subsidiary of Amazon, which handles the publishing or digital content side.

Amazon was founded in 1996 by Jeff Bezos. The launch of Amazon dates before that, but initially it was known as Cadabra. The company has a total of 541,900 employees and has an annual revenue of $136 billion.

The biggest acquisition made by Amazon was Whole Foods Market. The company bought it for $13.7 Billion. It was a bold move on Amazon’s behalf. As Amazon wanted to reach every corner of every house, buying a grocery market turned out to be one of the smarted decisions. Other than this, Amazon also made some picky decisions and acquired Kiva Systems, Twitch and Zappos for $775 million, $970 million and $1.2 billion respectively. All three of these companies helped Amazon find a new direction.

One of the most influential Amazon acquisitions was of Elemental Technologies. It helped the company strengthen its cloud infrastructure services. Amazon Prime was built around LoveFilm, which was initially known as the “Netflix of Europe”. The largest number of acquisitions made by Amazon was in the year 1999. The first company that amazon acquired was PlanetAll and the most recent company that it bought is Goo Technologies.

Blink

Acquired by Amazon
on December 22, 2017
Security
Undisclosed

Body Labs

Acquired by Amazon
on October 3, 2017
Virtual Reality
$50m

Souq.com

Acquired by Amazon
on May 27, 2017
E-Commerce
$650m

Harvest.ai

Acquired by Amazon
on January 9, 2017
Cyber Security
$20m

Biba

Acquired by Amazon
on November 23, 2016
Messaging
Undisclosed

Angel.ai

Acquired by Amazon
on September 20, 2016
Machine Learning
Undisclosed

Junglee

Acquired by Amazon
on September 20, 2016
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

Cloud9 IDE

Acquired by Amazon
on July 14, 2016
Cloud Computing
Undisclosed

Orbeus

Acquired by Amazon
on December 1, 2015
Facial Recognition
Undisclosed

Clusterk

Acquired by Amazon
on April 30, 2015
Software
Undisclosed

Amiato

Acquired by Amazon
on April 10, 2015
Service Industry
Undisclosed

Shoefitr

Acquired by Amazon
on April 10, 2015
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

2lemetry

Acquired by Amazon
on March 12, 2015
Cloud Computing
Undisclosed

Annapurna Labs

Acquired by Amazon
on January 22, 2015
Cloud Computing
$370m

Rooftop Media

Acquired by Amazon
on October 27, 2014
Audio
Undisclosed

Twitch

Acquired by Amazon
on August 25, 2014
Video Streaming
$970m

Comixology

Acquired by Amazon
on April 10, 2014
Comics
Undisclosed

Liquavista

Acquired by Amazon
on May 13, 2013
Electronics
Undisclosed

Evi

Acquired by Amazon
on April 17, 2013
Search Engine
$26m

Goodreads

Acquired by Amazon
on March 29, 2013
E-Learning
$150m

UpNext

Acquired by Amazon
on July 2, 2012
3D Tech
Undisclosed

LOVEFiLM

Acquired by Amazon
on June 15, 2012
Digital Entertainment
$2.5m

Avalon Books

Acquired by Amazon
on June 4, 2012
Publishing
Undisclosed

Kiva Systems

Acquired by Amazon
on March 19, 2012
Robotics
$775m

TeachStreet

Acquired by Amazon
on January 31, 2012
Education
Undisclosed

Quorus

Acquired by Amazon
on December 28, 2011
Software
Undisclosed

Yap

Acquired by Amazon
on September 8, 2011
Audio
Undisclosed

Pushbutton

Acquired by Amazon
on July 28, 2011
Digital Entertainment
Undisclosed

Quidsi

Acquired by Amazon
on November 8, 2010
E-Commerce
$545m

BuyVIP

Acquired by Amazon
on October 7, 2010
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

Amie Street

Acquired by Amazon
on September 22, 2010
Music Streaming
Undisclosed

Woot

Acquired by Amazon
on June 30, 2010
E-Commerce
$110m

Touchco

Acquired by Amazon
on February 3, 2010
Hardware
Undisclosed

Zappos

Acquired by Amazon
on July 22, 2009
E-Commerce
$1.2bn

SnapTell

Acquired by Amazon
on June 16, 2009
Advertising
Undisclosed

Stanza

Acquired by Amazon
on April 28, 2009
Information Services
Undisclosed

Lexcycle

Acquired by Amazon
on April 27, 2009
Mobile
Undisclosed

Shelfari

Acquired by Amazon
on August 25, 2008
Social Media
Undisclosed

AbeBooks

Acquired by Amazon
on August 1, 2008
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

Fabric.com

Acquired by Amazon
on June 25, 2008
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

Audible

Acquired by Amazon
on January 31, 2008
Audio
$300m

Without A Box

Acquired by Amazon
on January 18, 2008
Film
Undisclosed

dpreview

Acquired by Amazon
on May 1, 2007
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

TextPayMe

Acquired by Amazon
on October 1, 2006
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

Shopbop

Acquired by Amazon
on February 27, 2006
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

createspace

Acquired by Amazon
on July 11, 2005
Publishing
Undisclosed

CustomFlix

Acquired by Amazon
on July 8, 2005
Distribution
Undisclosed

Mobipocket.com

Acquired by Amazon
on April 21, 2005
Shopping
Undisclosed

BookSurge

Acquired by Amazon
on April 4, 2005
Publishing
Undisclosed

Joyo.com

Acquired by Amazon
on August 19, 2004
E-Commerce
$75m

CDNOW

Acquired by Amazon
on December 4, 2002
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

OurHouse

Acquired by Amazon
on December 1, 2001
Retail
Undisclosed

Leep Technology

Acquired by Amazon
on December 31, 1999
Data Mining
Undisclosed

Accept.Com

Acquired by Amazon
on June 11, 1999
E-Commerce
$101.7m

Alexa

Acquired by Amazon
on May 23, 1999
Digital Marketing
$250m

Exchange.Com

Acquired by Amazon
on April 27, 1999
Marketplace
$645m

LiveBid

Acquired by Amazon
on April 12, 1999
Auctions
Undisclosed

Bookpages

Acquired by Amazon
on October 15, 1998
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

PlanetAll.com

Acquired by Amazon
on August 4, 1998
Internet
Undisclosed

IMDB

Acquired by Amazon
on April 27, 1998
Media
Undisclosed

Telebook

Acquired by Amazon
on April 27, 1998
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

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