Josh Liang Wee Ooi
In my view one of the large challenges in integrating a tech acquisition is keeping the creative processes and R&D alive. I’ve seen cases where an acquirer determines (rightfully or wrongfully) that their way is better, or that their philosophy in development is the correct one with very little consideration for that of the target company. The issue then becomes a loss of creative power and possibly missing out on great developments that could occur otherwise. Of course, going down the wrong path could also be devastating for the acquirer, so there is a fine line to walk. In the end, culture and philosophy are key here. A sincere attempt at trying to capture the best of both worlds is needed. And more importantly identifying the right level of people and talent to facilitate the process from the start is needed.