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Alphabet Inc. – Overview
Founded on October 2, 2015 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Alphabet Inc. is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mountain View, California. The company was born after the 2015 corporate restructure of Google LLC, which made Alphabet Inc. the parent company of the multinational technology company and its subsidiaries – including Calico, Jigsaw, Chronicle and DeepMind. While other subsidiaries will be added in the future, Google remains the key to Alphabet’s Internet-related businesses, as prime services and products like YouTube, LLC, Android, and Google Search – remain direct components of it. Alphabet’s portfolio includes a lot of industries, such as technology, research and development, investment capital, and life sciences.
What does Alphabet Inc. provide?
As its own CEO described it, Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. It offers services through its subsidiaries and operates through two main segments: Google and Other Bets. The first segment includes main internet products (Google Cloud, Ads, Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, Search, Android, YouTube), as well as other hardware products, enterprise cloud services, digital content and other mixed services. The Other Bets segment includes fiber internet and Television services; and businesses, such as Calico, Nest, Waymo, CapitalG, Access, Verily, G, and other ventures.
Investments and acquisitions
Alphabet Inc. has four main investing arms: GV, Google, Gradient Ventures and Capital G. Its collective portfolio of venture deals isn’t cohesive when it comes to the themes and industries. GV (the former Google Ventures) is the most prolific venture fund of the conglomerate and includes investments in various areas, such as cutting-edge drone and robotics start-ups (Carbon, Airware, Abundant Robotics) or enterprise and business software companies (Docusign, Stripe, Egnyte)1.
Google has made a couple of direct corporate venture investments, like the consumers genetics company 23andMe2; while Gradient Ventures, the newest fund, is focused mainly on artificial intelligence deals, some of the companies they invested this fund being Cape, Aurima, Algorithmia and Cogniac. Finally, Capital G, formerly known as Google Capital, is a growth equity fund which invests mostly in late-stage deals, which typically involve at least tens of millions of dollars. Some of the brands in its portfolio are Airbnb, Glassdoor and Fanduel3.
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The shares of Google’s stock now belong to Alphabet Inc. stock, but the symbols are still GOOG and GOOGL. The company is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (GOOGL – class A, GOOG – class C), and it is a member of the distinguished NASDAQ – 100, S&P 100, and S&P 500 stock market indexes. Large cap stocks represent the majority of the U.S equity market. You can trade the Alphabet Inc. stock price, or buy Alphabet shares with TradeFW, on our dynamic and perceptual trading platform.
- “Our companies push the edge of what’s possible.”, gv.com, https://www.gv.com/portfolio/
- Paul Wagenseil, “Your DNA for Sale: 23andMe, Drug Giant Make $300 Million Deal”, Jul, 2018, tomsguide.com, https://www.tomsguide.com/us/23andme-gsk-dna-data-deal,news-27685.html
- “”, Focused on tomorrow, capitalg.com, https://capitalg.com/companies/