There used to be a time government would break up companies like this (i.e. AT&T). But since it's google.. er ahem alphabet, it's cool.
It's also very fitting to have an Indian CEO. Will definitely work well for the constant "there are not enough americans we need H1B" garbage coming out of silicon valley companies.
It could also have it's roots in trademark issues. Hard to enforce a google trademark when you've been allowing people to use Google to mean websearch for 15 years.
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I'm trying to understand the problem here. Just seems like they are breaking shit up into individual companies (Calico, Wing) instead of having everything under the Google banner which didn't make any sense? Google is synonymous with search, maybe they just wanted to leave the name at that and branch other shit out under different brands.
I tried going to Alphabet.com and got a blank.
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I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Google wants to distance it's search and internet products brand from other divisions like advertising, robotics, etc. So when a
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This seems unwise to me. I'm sure there's a good reason. Page & Brin are absurdly smart guys who have their shit together. From the outside looking in this is just strange.
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So I follow tech news pretty regularly and although I don't read every tidbit that comes across my lap I certainly haven't heard so much as a whisper that this was in the works. Seems right out of left field. Why throw away google brand value?
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It's a restructuring with a new umbrella corp, Google is still Google, but they want to keep making new companies under thier own legal entities. It's pretty normal. Search engine business will still be Google, just owned by alphabet.
This is being driven solely by lawyers and CPAs.
Right, it just sounds like boring company restructuring... so that they can say "our search engine business, "google", had a net profit of 3 billion. And our autonomous car company "skynet" lost 1 billion dollars. Let's fire steve, the ceo of skynet, he hasn't delivered on any of his targets... it just is so the accountants can show the billionares exactly how much money they lose trying to improve humanity/the planet... and get back to the REAL motivation they should have in their life... making the most amount of money possible. Pruning unsuccessful ventures, promoting the successful ones.
It's a lot harder to say "well, google made 3 billion on search engines, but then google lost 1 billion on making cars" "wait, why is the search engine company making cars?"
I do wonder if they are going to go after alphabet.com as BMW doesn't really seem to be using it for a web presence.
edit: nm, alphabet.com is a real site, it's just hammered to hell by everyone trying to see google's new umbrella company site. lol
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you do know about the top level domain names? Might not look so unprofessional as you think.Can't say I know of any real company that thinks it's okay to use anything other than .com. It doesn't matter, just looks unprofessional, imo.
There's a good reason why .com has been dominant, it's easy to remember, and that was the whole point of DNS. Adding all these hundreds of other TLDs doesn't seem to be making anything easier to remember. But I guess you can just google.abc.xyz search for whatever crazy concoction the company you're trying to find decided to use.
I haven't seen any professional company using .xyz.
because they don't own it dumbass.
My wife's company has done the exact same thing. It's all about the taxes.
As I mentioned earlier - these kinds of companies, where their hands are in every cookie jar, routinely got shut down and forced to spin off by governments. Google however is "liberal", "hip" and "cool" so I doubt they will get the same treatment as those really evil companies like AT&T.
It sounds like it was to make Wall Street happy and judging from the stock price it seems like it did. Traders were never happy with Google doing all of their moon shots and off the wall projects and they always wanted to know how much money was being spent on this shit vs. stuff that actually makes money. Google is making themselves more transparent to stockholders which I'm sure will make them a worse company in the long run because all the wall street fucks want is maximum revenue every quarter and forget about making the world a better place. That's why they love Apple so much.
this was done to provide google companies with more independence and flatten out the management a little bit. google has gotten very bureaucratic over the last few years and that leads to people worrying more about not pissing off layers and layers of bosses than doing good work like any big company or govt. in theory this would allow each company to stay more focused on what they want to do and flatten out the management layers a little bit. Financially as well if one sub company is a breakout hit they can spin it out as an IPO while retaining the money and assets in the parent company.
it eventually falls apart when you realize a big advantage is two or more parts of your company working together to make something even better, like chrome and Self Driving Cars and Google Research doing a better job at finding the closest clean shitter or whatever. Still, for a while it'll work, and they are probably trying to optimize the company split ups so closely aligned stuff stays together.
They do alot, like recently they just funded two start ups. The first is called Enable, which essentially connects those who need prosthetic arms with volunteers who own 3D printers and are able to design and assemble prosthetics for free. The second is called World Wide Hearing, which develops low-cost kits that use smartphone technology for those suffering from hearing loss.
Smart contact lenses that measure blood sugar without stabbing yourself and have tons of other applications
Project Loon --Bringing internet to 2/3 of the world that doesn't have it.
Makani - Green energy program
Calico - Heavily classified department that is rumored to be researching age-related maladies.
It's neural network network stuff has boundless applications, google glass is being incorporated more and more into military related things..this is just stuff off the top of my head. They do a lot of pretty great stuff.
Cool - I was serious, I hadn't heard of most of that stuff. Although I don't see how google glass being incorporated into military related things is helping to make the world a better place... just a bad example, I know doctors use it as well.
Our military members, for the most part, just do good things when they are on patrol if they feel safe enough. You take away language barriers and that increases tenfold. You bring in expertise a person doesn't usually have in the field carrying a rifle and they do even more.
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I had a recruiter send me a bunch of Project Loon jobs and that looked like it would have been an amazing job. It was temporary work though and I forget where but nowhere I wanted to 100% be and it would have been a considerable pay cut etc.
I would absolutely love to work on the project if I could bring something to the table and get paid anywhere near what I make now for it. I don't get paid a lot it's just that all they need now is grunt workers and the brain spots are filled so they don't have room for $75k/yr workers in their budget any more.
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