Google has made hundreds of acquisitions since 2001. And the company is still in the business of buying great startups.  Google keeps buying  lots of smaller innovative and promising companies, in their ever-changing  quest to dominate the internet. The following statistics pulled from a variety of sources including Crunchbase, Wikipedia and Forbes is a visual  guide to Google’s purchases over the years. ( 2001 – 2012 ). Motorola stands out among the lots. The move was to build up the Google’s patent portfolio. Google gained a portfolio of 17,000 patents and another 7,000 patents pending globally as of the time of the acquisition.