acquihire

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined 2005 by Rex Hammock as acqhire, blend of acquire +‎ hire,[1] in reference to acquisition of Dodgeball.com by Google. Hammock subsequently worked to popularize the word.[1] Spelling inconsistent, particularly to difficulty in pronunciation (/ak-hire/), leading to longer variants.

Verb[edit]

acquihire ‎(third-person singular simple present acquihires, present participle acquihiring, simple past and past participle acquihired)

  1. To acquire a company to recruit its employees, rather than for its products or services.
    • 2005, Rex Hammock, “Google acquires(?) Dodgeball.com”, May 11, 2005:
      Acqhire – When a large company “purchases” a small company with no employees other than its founders, typically to obtain some special talent or a cool concept. (See, also: NFL first round draft signing bonus; book publishing “advance” after publisher bidding-war.)

Noun[edit]

acquihire ‎(plural acquihires)

  1. An acquisition of a company to recruit its employees, rather than for its products or services.

Usage notes[edit]

Particularly used in technology sector for acquisition of small startup companies.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Buzzword Watch: "Acq-hire", September 28, 2010, Ben Zimmer, Word Routes: Exploring the Pathways of our Lexicon