The internet is evolving by the second. Companies such as Amazon and Skype are seeing thousands, if not millions, of users logging in, out, sending messages, and doing more each and every moment. Here are the largest internet companies in the world right now.
Amazon is the single largest online retailer in the world. The company began back in the 90s out of the back of Jeff Bezo’s garage. Bezo was the VP of a Wall Street firm before he moved to Seattle to begin his internet company offering to worry that he had missed the online boom. The company – which was almost called Cadabra until a lawyer mispronounced it “Cadaver” has grown into artificial intelligence, groceries, and other innovative services.
Facebook was popular from the word “go”. It was developed by Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitzand on February 4th, 2004, and within a month of the website going live it was being used by over half of the student population at Harvard University. To learn more about how Facebook first came to be, check out the movie The Social Network which offers a cinematic view of the company’s founding.
Online company Alphabet was formed by the co-founders of Google, creating an umbrella conglomerate in order to relieve the pressure of Google. By the point Alphabet was formed, Google was controlling several subsidies which have now been passed on to the parent company. This major restructuring is sure to go down in corporate history.
Microsoft was originally founded way back when in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the mid-70s. The Initial Public offering took around 10 years come about, which raised a total of $61 million – making Bill Gates insanely rich. The company has gone on to become one of the most reliable tech investments in the world as Microsoft – which has performed nine stock splits since going public – is used to power computers, video games, internet and other technology.
Twitter, which was almost called Friendstalker, is one of the most-used social media services alongside Facebook and Instagram. Now known for being the communication method of choice for President Donald Trump, the service changed the world forever. The platform, which allows users to send out bite-size thoughts to the world, exploded in popularity and has become used and referenced across all forms of media. The growth has lulled a little, but it looks to be making a comeback.
Alibaba is considered by some to be the “Chinese Amazon” but it’s so much more than this. The company delivered the highest initial public offering in American history when it raised $21.8 billion. That must have been great news for founder Jack Ma, who went from making $12-15 per month as an English teacher to becoming one of the most influential men in China and one of the richest men in the world.
Netflix began life as an innovative way to rent DVDs, offering DVDs through the mail. It has grown to practically dominate film and TV with their online services. It has changed the way that we consume entertainment. Many popular modern films and TV shows are actually produced through Netflix and published straight to the platform. As well as being great for consumers, they also know how to treat staff well. Entry-level staff at Netflix, such as people working the call centers, can expect to earn a starting wage of $18.00 per hour.
PayPal hardly got off to the greatest of starts. It was actually voted among the top ten worst business ideas of 1999. Of course, we know what happened when the company went public four years after being founded in 2002. It was picked up by eBay the year that it entered its initial public offering. The company was originally called Confinity before merging with X.com – owned by Elon Musk – in 2000. It has gone on to become the primary online payment processor in the world, serving just about every e-commerce site. Some people even prefer to use PayPal as their bank of choice!
Tesla founder Elon Musk was so proud of his ideas and so confident in them that he – already a millionaire at the time – pumped $70 million of his own money into it. It has gone on to become the global image of innovation and renewable energy since launching their all-electric sports car. The Model S was a global top seller for electric cars in both 2015 and 2016, and Tesla has gone to on release a crossover and their latest car; the Model X.
Samsung is the largest South Korean conglomerate and has grown to become one of the most successful tech companies ever created. Samsung began life as a trading company and worked in several different sectors before entering the electronics world in the 1960s. These days, Samsung is known for being a global producer of televisions, smartphones, home appliances, and other devices.
Have you ever wondered how quickly these online companies grow? Just how many tweets are sent a minute? Well, thanks to this great infographic you can see for yourself interesting stats like how many tweets are sent, how much is spent at Amazon, how many messages are sent on WhatsApp and more – all in real time! Check it out for yourself and see the internet unfold before your very eyes.