Are Corporations Acquiring?

Last Updated Dec 14, 2009 1:35 PM EST

At the December 8 Always-On Venture Summit in Menlo Park, Calif., executives from some of the most active acquirers, including Google and Cisco, discussed market valuation and the acquisition outlook for 2010. David Lawee of Google, Ken Berryman of Symantec, Hilton Romanski of Cisco, and Doug Merritt of SAP talked about the environment for IPOs vs. acquisitions, how expectations in the private sector have changed in the year following the economic crisis, and how long current conditions might continue. Merritt also offered suggestions for how to make your firm attractive to acquiring companies.