Alphabet: Because “Umbrella Corporation” was already taken

by Joey deVilla on August 10, 2015

umbrella corporation

I’ll bet their original motto was also “Don’t be evil”.

Larry Page has just announced that he’s creating a new holding company called Alphabet. In the latest post on Google’s official blog, he writes:

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

Alphabet’s site is located at the clever URL abc.xyz:

alphabet web site

…which makes it the second .xyz domain I know. Here’s the first:

hooli xyz site

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