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2014 has been a ‘blowout’ year for Global technology M&A so far: According to numbers released by E&Y, the first quarter of 2014 saw $66.6B in disclosed deal values, the highest in 14 years. Marquee deals for the year include Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for $19B, Lenovo spending $2.9B to buy Motorola mobility from Google, Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2B, etc.
The story for the India software product industry has been different. Despite huge innovation and rising entrepreneurship, most Indian product companies have lacked meaningful exits. According to a recently released study by iSPIRT and Signal Hill, India has seen 159 M&A deals in the timeframe 2010-present, at an overall value of $1.78B. This means that the average deal size is $11M, ~10x lower than that of the Silicon Valley.