The best way is to successfully build something that genuinely threatens the core business of a $1b+ company that is still growing reasonably quickly.
Fear is the driver of most acquisitions by faster-growing companies of start-ups.
Be one of the top things they fear this year, and not be too expensive, and that’s the top reason for M&A.
Big companies that are growing build (and don’t buy) if they can for positive outcomes. They buy when they just don’t have enough time to build to avoid negative outcomes and to reach to changes in their core markets. Because they worry their stock options, jobs, and future are at risk.