Google's parent company, Alphabet, is a massive company dabbling in a bunch of surprising areas

Letters spell the word

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It's been more than a year since Google blew up its entire corporate structure to form a new parent company: Alphabet.

The shake-up was intended to help all of its businesses operate more efficiently, a move CEO Larry Page was working on for years as a secret project he called "Javelin."

This move also allowed Page to step back from day-to-day operations to "focus on the bigger picture."
Now, Alphabet is a massive corporation - ranking in size behind Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft - that encompasses everything from internet-beaming hot air balloons to self-driving cars to Google Cloud.

Here's how all of Alphabet's companies fit under the umbrella.

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