When a VP at a company that acquires as many businesses as Google calls the Android buy Google’s “best deal ever,” it’s a pretty big compliment. When that VP is none other than David Lawee, Google’s head of mergers and acquisitions, it’s an even bigger compliment. Google acquired Android Inc. in 2005 for the rumored sum of $50 million and has gone on to build it into the world’s fastest-growing mobile OS. In an interview with VentureBeat, Lawee gave Android his ultimate praise — and rightfully so. Android has allowed the Internet giant to serve ads to an entirely new market. Advertising, of course, is Google’s biggest money maker by a wide margin.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.