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The Interconnected World Of Tech Companies
Mashable July 19, 2011

Category: Digital Media, Technology

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6 Responses to “The Interconnected World Of Tech Companies”

  1. pintelho says:

    in other words…entrepreneurship begins with a nice big fat stock options account.

  2. SivBum says:

    How time has changed. Used to be spin offs by Hewlett-Packard, Fairchild and SRI and Xerox PARC.

  3. mathman says:

    i really appreciate charts like this that show interconnectivity. Ever since i first heard the word “conglomerate” (via Beatrice) i’ve been fascinated with “who owns what” and the information one can glean from their examination.

    Here’s something else that’s connected:

    http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/71693

  4. constantnormal says:

    One wonders what a similar connected graph of the financial industry would look like. Of course, the US Senate, House of Representatives, and White House would have to be linked into that one, along with every regulatory agency in the goobermint.

    The degree of incestuousness in the displayed diagram pretty much calls out “competitive capitalism” into question, making a mockery of it. With this amount of interconnectedness, it’s a wonder any innovation is produced at all.

  5. constantnormal says:

    y’know, this is all somewhat reminiscent of the US auto industry from the 50s through the 60s. Hardly a model that we should want our tech industry to follow.

    And if most of the jobs and creativity comes from small, independent companies, what does this say about the level of creativity in our tech industry going forward? Or about the likely numbers of jobs that we can expect it to create?

  6. beer camp says:

    I’m not convinced this graphic has much informational value. The selection of tech companies seems random and incomplete. Microsoft, Apple, Google and PayPal are not the only companies that have spawned more than a couple noteworthy startups in the last ten years. There’s more ex-Whateverer companies than that passing through that Palo Alto office building Facebook briefly occupied each year.

    f I were up for the task I’d try to fit something regarding venture capita, interlocking boards, or incestous capital structures.

    Considering Google alone has acquired over 100 companies, I’m not too surprised there’s a link between the large companies whose employees have left to found startups and the companies that acquire said startups.

    A couple minutes on Google found a couple pages with the academic take on the concept as applied more generally:

    http://sna.pl/politicsandinterlocks/index.php/Main_Page

    http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica