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Apple was started in a garage on this day in 1976. Here are the modest beginnings of 5 tech companies worth billions today (GOOG, MSFT, AAPL, AMZN)

Google, Apple, HP, Microsoft, and Amazon all say that they started in garages. Now, they are some of the most valuable companies in the world and are worth billions. The idea of starting in a garage has taken on a mythic status, to the point where some founders intentionally want to be able to say that they did it, too. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some of the most legendary companies in Silicon Valley famously started in garages. A few scrappy guys with a genius idea w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Disney, Trends, Hp, Ap, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Susan Wojcicki


Most of tech's most powerful CEOs are coupled up. Here's what life is like for the husbands and wives of Silicon Valley's elite.

Most of tech's most powerful CEOs are married.  Not everyone is coupled up — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have girlfriends, while Jack Dorsey and Tim Cook appear to be single.  But for those who are married, many of them have been with their spouses for years or even decades.  Here's a look at the lives of the spouses of tech's biggest CEOs.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It takes a special type of person to become the partner of a high-powered tech executive: From long week...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, New York City, Disney


Mark Zuckerberg has been a 'close friend' to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston for years. Here are 7 other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it also appears to be a breeding ground for friendships among its famous execs. It makes sense: the tech world is home to some of the richest people in the world, and life can probably get a little lonely at the top.  Elon Musk, for example, is close friends with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.  Larry Ellison gave a eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral, and he also has a love/hate relationship with c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Jobs, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Hawaii


Alphabet moonshot companies must pay Google a 'services fee' to eat at cafeterias and ride the shuttles, and it's apparently a big source of tension (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's parent company Alphabet has a number of "Other Bets" subsidiaries under its umbrella, as a result of the corporate overhaul made by founder Larry Page in 2015.  These units were charged a 'shared services fee' for using Google resources, like its employee shuttles and cafeteria food, according to a new report from The Information's Nick Bastone and Jessica Lessin.  The fee reportedly grated with some of the new leaders of Alphabet's other units, like Verily CEO Andy Conrad, who alread...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Sequoia Capital, Sundar Pichai, Loon, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Greenhouse, Conrad, Jessica Lessin, Andy Conrad, Waymo


Inside the whirlwind romance of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and model Miranda Kerr, who are raising 3 kids together while each running their own companies (SNAP)

Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel are one of the most influential power couples, each having dominant presences in their respective industries. The Snap CEO and Australian supermodel began dating in 2015, got married in 2017, and had their second child together last October. Here's the story about how the two met and a timeline of their whirlwind romance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr are incredibly influential ind...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Shania Twain, Instagram, La, White House, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Trends, Snapchat, Sergey Brin, Sydney, Venice, Evan Spiegel, Harrison Ford


Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison has said he's 'close friends' with Elon Musk. Here are six other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it also appears to be a breeding ground for friendships among its famous execs. It makes sense: the tech world is home to some of the richest people in the world, and life can probably get a little lonely at the top.  Elon Musk, for example, is close friends with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.  Larry Ellison gave a eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral, and he also has a love/hate relationship with c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Jobs, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Hawaii, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Diane Von Furstenberg


Why Some People Think Michael Bloomberg’s Donations Have Undercut Democracy in Local Races

School board elections are usually local affairs, with candidates soliciting money from neighbors at pizza parties and dragging along friends to knock on doors and ask for votes. That’s what Chris Jackson expected when he decided to run for the school board in Oakland, Calif., in 2016. He’d previously been elected to the board of the City College of San Francisco and thought he knew how to build the ground game to win in Oakland. He started gathering endorsements—from the state superinte...
Tags: New York, News, Minneapolis, California, Stanford, New York City, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Macbook, United States, New Jersey, Sergey Brin, Davis, PAC


From Sheryl Sandberg to Ted Sarandos, here are the high-powered executives who are 2nd-in-command to some of the biggest CEOs in tech

Many CEOs at the world's most valuable tech companies rely on No. 2 executives to help them get the job done.  Some of these execs may go on to run the company one day, while others may leave for big opportunities somewhere else.  For example, top executives like Sheryl Sandberg and Ted Sarandos are second-in-command at Facebook and Netflix, respectively.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Life at the top of the world's most valuable tech companies isn't easy. For CEOs at co...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Netflix, Williams, Larry Ellison, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin


This year's Valentine's Day Google doodle features 2 adorable aliens. Here's the past 10 years of Google doodles celebrating love.

Google doodles started back in 1998. Since then, Google has featured more than 4,000 doodles marking holidays, events, and history. Google's first Valentine's day doodle appeared in 2000. This year's doodle features two cute extraterrestrials. Here's a look into the past ten years of Google Valentine's Day doodles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google's home page acts as the world's largest virtual billboard with an average of 63,000 searches per second on any given day....
Tags: Google, Trends, Earth, Larry Page, Netflix, Sergey Brin, Valentine, Christina Koch


From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


All the companies and divisions under Google's parent company, Alphabet, which just made yet another shake-up to its structure (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google reorganized to become Alphabet in 2015, but the way the company is structured is still rather confusing. Alphabet is organized in two parts: Google and "Other Bets," which each house the various other parts of the company's business. Here's a breakdown of all the divisions under Alphabet.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been more than four years since Google blew up its entire corporate structure to form a new parent company: Alphabet. The shake-up was intende...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Microsoft, New York City, Toronto, Trends, Mit, Larry Page, Hawaii, Sergey Brin, Project Loon, Atap, Susan Wojcicki, Tony Fadell, Kansas City, Sundar Pichai


Here's where Google's first 21 employees are now (GOOG, GOOGL)

Most of the original employees at Google have since left the company — even founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Many early Googlers became entrepreneurs or executives at other companies. Marissa Mayer, for example, was employee No. 21 — she later became CEO of Yahoo.  Others have stayed at Google. Susan Wojcicki, Google's 16th employee, is currently the CEO of YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Only a few of Google's earliest employees still work at the internet gia...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Twitter, Elon Musk, London, Yahoo, Massachusetts, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Google Earth, Susan Wojcicki, Lake Tahoe


Finding Product Culture Fit

Typically, there are four specific product cultures dominate tech companies: engineering-driven, data-driven, design-driven, and sales-driven product culture. Engineering-driven product cultures often start with a unique technical insight that becomes the basis for their products. Larry Page and Sergey Brin's Page Rank algorithm, for example, was the unique insight that enabled them to build the world's most successful search engine. The post Finding Product Culture Fit appeared first on NextBig...
Tags: Business, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Product Management


Video: Chris Elwell, CEO behind Search Engine Land and SMX, talks business — and that time Sergey Brin skated on stage

We spoke about how everything got started, how it was working with Danny Sullivan over the years and how he manages everything under this company. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. [Author: Barry Schwartz]
Tags: Seo, Sergey Brin, Danny Sullivan, Barry Schwartz, Chris Elwell


The most unusual, extravagant ways tech executives like Larry Ellison and Elon Musk have spent their money

Tech executives like Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk have found unusual ways to spend their billions.  Elon Musk bought the submarine car from "The Spy Who Loved Me," while Jeff Bezos dredged pieces of the Apollo 12 engine from the bottom of the Atlantic.  Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison owns 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're among the richest people in the world, chances are you've found some unusual ways to spend yo...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Larry Page, South Africa, Hawaii, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, James Bond, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Ellison


Google's cofounders lost almost $2 billion each after Alphabet reported lower than expected revenue. Here's how they built a combined $127 billion fortune and how they spend it.

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each lost nearly $2 billion from their net worths after the search engine's parent company reported on Monday. Brin and Page announced that they were stepping down from their roles at Alphabet in December. With a reported net worth of $64.6 billion, former Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the seventh-richest person in the world according. Former Alphabet president Sergey Brin is No. 10, with a reported net worth of $62.3 billion. The pair of multibillio...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Elon Musk, Stanford, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nasa, Cnn, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin


Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin lost almost $2 billion each after Alphabet reported lower than expected revenue. Here's how they built a combined $127 billion fortune and how they spend it, from trapeze lessons to a 600-foot 'air yacht.'

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each lost nearly $2 billion from their net worths after the search engine's parent company reported on Monday. Brin and Page announced that they were stepping down from their roles at Alphabet in December. With a reported net worth of $64.6 billion, former Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the seventh-richest person in the world according. Former Alphabet president Sergey Brin is No. 10, with a reported net worth of $62.3 billion. The pair of multibillio...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Elon Musk, Stanford, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nasa, Cnn, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin


YouTube brought in $15 billion in advertising revenue in 2019 — 9 times more than Google paid to acquire the site 14 years ago (GOOG)

Alphabet, Google's parent company, broke out YouTube's advertising revenue for the first time ever on Monday, and revealed the video-sharing site brought in $15 billion in 2019. YouTube's ad revenue is around nine times more than the $1.65 billion Google spent to acquire the platform in October 2006. At the time, YouTube was only 1.5 years old and had only 65 employees. Google's CEO at the time called YouTube "the next step in the evolution of the Internet." However, Alphabet also said that "m...
Tags: Google, Twitter, California, Youtube, Trends, Paypal, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Susan Wojcicki, Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Porat, Alphabet Google, Wojcicki, YouTube Wojcicki


The career rise and life of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's billionaire chief operating officer who just announced she's engaged

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer for Facebook, and is worth an estimated $1.6 billion. Sandberg has made headlines in her nearly 10 years at Facebook, from pioneering a controversial feminist movement with her book "Lean In," to responding to criticism over the social media giant's handing of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Sandberg, 50, confirmed Monday she was engaged to Tom Bernthal, the founder and CEO of a consulting firm. Here's everything you need to know about Sandb...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Washington, Mexico, Russia, India, Adele, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Larry Page, Dave, David


Alphabet breaks out YouTube and Cloud financials for the first time as Google's overall revenue slowdown misses Street targets (GOOG)

Google parent Alphabet reported its fourth-quarter results Monday. The company beat Wall Street's earnings-per-share expectations handily, but if fell shy of analysts revenue forecasts. Alphabet also offered some long-hoped-for financial details about its YouTube and Google Cloud businesses. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alphabet offered some good with some bad on Monday. Google's parent company's fourth-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street's forcasts, as revenue gr...
Tags: Google, Wall Street, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, European Commission, Louisiana, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Pichai, TAC, EPS, Google Cloud


Alphabet doesn't reveal revenue for YouTube or Google Cloud. Here's why new CEO Sundar Pichai would benefit by being more transparent. (GOOG)

Alphabet will reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday, but as is its regular practice, it will likely leave out some key information. The company doesn't break out sales of YouTube, Google Cloud, or some of its other key businesses. That practice has made it difficult for investors and analysts to evaluate the company. Alphabet's stock and business could benefit from more transparency, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Alphabet is set to report it...
Tags: Apple, Google, Youtube, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Louisiana, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Business Insider, Morgan, Sebastian, Baird, Colin Sebastian, Google Cloud, Dan Morgan


Your Manager Checklist for Dealing with Low Performers

As a manager, you’re faced with a challenging task. It feels like climbing Mountain Everest, blindfolded. Meet Jeff—he’s the CEO of B players Inc. He hasn’t done anything illegal, but Jeff is neither reaching his goals nor plain getting the job done. And let’s be honest—he’s a time suck for you as a manager and a profit-killer for your organization. Problem? Letting someone go is everything but easy. You’ll need to go through a performance intervention and have “the talk” with Jeff that might le...
Tags: Business, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, US, Management, Sergey Brin, Max, Right Now, Jeff, Inc, Max Woolf, ResumeLab, Mountain Everest, Larry Page Each, LinkedIn Low




All These Extremely Powerful People May Want to Double Check They Weren’t Hacked by a Saudi Prince

In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernizing force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan—hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite.…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, Satya Nadella, Cybersecurity, Larry Page, Hacking, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Hackers


Google spent ~$150 million on US lobbying over last decade, followed by Facebook at ~$81M, Amazon almost $80M: Federal filings

Federal filings show that Google spent about $150 million (USD) on lobbying in the United States over the past decade. The next-biggest tech spenders on government lobbying in the last 10 years: Facebook spent about $81 million, and Amazon spent nearly $80 million. Reports Tony Romm for The Washington Post: The data — culled from the companies’ required filings to the government, including new reports made public late Tuesday — tell the story of a sector that increasingly has tapped its deep...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, Politics, Elections, Technology, News, Congress, Washington Post, US, Tech, Larry Page


The Saudi Crown Prince accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone met with more than a dozen tech execs and celebs during the same US trip. From Tim Cook to Oprah, here's everyone Mohammed bin Salman met with.

There's a good chance Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel are having their phones examined right about now, in the wake of new reports about the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone. A forensic analysis commissioned by Bezos suggests that it's likely his phone was hacked in May 2018 via a file sent from a WhatsApp account used by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to reports in The Guardian and the Financial Times. Th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, Amc, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Silicon Valley


Alphabet joins the trillion-dollar club

At last: Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is now the fourth company in the US to attain a market value of more than $1 trillion, after Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. The company achieved this milestone just over a month after Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their respective CEO and President positions at Alphabet (founded in 2015). Last December, Page handed the reins over to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, making him CEO of both Google and Alphabet. [Read: Pichai is a mi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, US, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Pichai, Apple Amazon, Google Sidewalk Labs


Investors like Sundar Pichai; they just pushed Alphabet into the trillion dollar club for the first time

Alphabet this afternoon became the fourth tech giant to join the highly exclusive trillion-dollar club, one whose original member, Apple, saw its market cap soar past $1 trillion for the first time in August 2018 and which has since welcomed — and pushed back out — Amazon, which passed the $1 trillion mark in September 2018 but is now valued at $931 billion; and Microsoft, a charter member since August 2019 and now worth $1.27 trillion. Saudi Aramco, the petroleum and natural gas company that we...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Youtube, Tech, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, SEC, Sundar Pichai, WSJ, Alphabet, Pichai, Waymo


Pete Buttigieg said his friend Mark Zuckerberg has too much power and called a social network like Facebook 'a natural monopoly' (FB)

In a new interview with The New York Times, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was asked whether he thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds too much power. "Yes," Buttigieg said. "No one should have that kind of power." Buttigieg pointed to Facebook's refusal to fact-check political ads as one of the issues with the company, for which Facebook has experienced frequent criticism.  Zuckerberg has said that he would welcome clearer rules for the internet, and hinted at a desire for more over...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Harvard University, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Times, Eric Schmidt, Reed Hastings, Zuckerberg


Jeffrey Epstein set Elon Musk's brother up with a girlfriend in effort to get close to the Tesla founder, sources say

Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire sex criminal, introduced Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother, to a woman in his entourage, two sources told Business Insider. The woman, who had previously dated Epstein and lived in an apartment building where he was known to house models, dated Kimbal Musk from 2011 to 2012. Though the relationship was by all accounts genuine, the sources said Epstein hoped it would open doors to Elon Musk and his companies. Epstein and his entourage were granted a private ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Sweden, Youtube, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Linkedin, Tesla, New York Times, Barclays, Sergey Brin, Reid Hoffman