Google’s filed its 10-K with the SEC yesterday, and the numbers have revealed a staggering increase in the number of acquisitions the search giant made in 2011. Google closed the year by spending close to $2 billion on 79 separate acquisitions in 2011, a number that has grown significantly from the $1 billion it spent in 2010. This number of course doesn’t factor in the Motorola deal which is expected to clear in early 2012 to the tune of $12.5 billion, but includes dozens of other high profile startups.
Many of the companies on its list you’ve probably never heard of, though some firms such as Clever Sense, Kantango, and Apture were promising startups. Google will be no doubt be stepping up its acquisition pace in 2012 as it looks to expand its talent pool to help dominate the mobile space, and goes a long way towards their expanding headcount which grew 33 percent from 2010 to 2011. Google’s army now stands at over 32,000 employees around the world.