Alphabet Becomes Holding Company Above Google
Google co founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are restructuring the company Google to be part of a larger conglomerate, Alphabet. This is not really surprising given the recent expansion of Google into a wide variety of industries such as the auto industry, home automation, life sciences, and more.
Larry Page will serve as CEO and Sergey Brin as president of the new company Alphabet and Sundar Pichai will be the new CEO of Google. Sundar Pichai has had a strong hand in many successful Google operations such as Gmail, Search, Android, Google Chrome, The Chromebook, and more.
This will allow Alphabet to have its subsidiaries like Google focus on what they do best, without the unnecessary middle management that was starting to bog down the massive tech company.
Larry Page States “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.”
Does Trellis think this is good for the tech industry? Ultimately yes. We believe Google will help push the envelope in other industries that have been too complacent and could potentially get disrupted by new Google technologies opening up new opportunities and jobs. However, it is also a scary thought when one company as large as Google expands horizontally into many industries, strengthening its position and power as an international powerhouse.