Google as you once knew it no longer exists.
In August, the California tech giant announced a monumental reorganization. Google’s search product became a wholly owned subsidiary of a new parent company, Alphabet, with other Google projects and teams spun out into separate “Alphabet companies,” each with its own CEO.
The change came into effect in October, with former Google CEO Larry Page filling the same role at Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai taking up the reins at Google.
Alphabet gives Page and the senior leadership significantly more freedom to chase exciting projects and acquisition — regardless of how they fit into Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Healthcare research? Sure. Improving cities? Why not. Radical life extension? Sounds like fun!
As of January, there are nine confirmed Alphabet companies — with another, the Self-Driving Car Project, reportedly becoming one this year (Google declined to confirm or deny this). Replicant, Alphabet’s robotics division, used to be a separate unit, but it was recently folded into Google X, the moonshot lab.