“You need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant,” Google CEO Larry Page declared in August.

With that philosophy in mind, Page and his Google cofounder Sergey Brin completely upended their $500 billion company this yearThey set out to create Google all over again — many Googles, in fact.

In August, the founders announced a new holding company, with the unbearably clever name Alphabet, to oversee Google and a suite of other comparatively small but ambitious businesses, each with the potential to be billion-dollar companies in their own right one day. Venture capital firms. High-speed broadband investments. Smart home gadget makers. Read more…

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