How is it that Google has a market cap of about $300 billion in just 15 years?

Take a look at this chart for some historical perspective:


That's a huge question - but in my view it really boils down to four things:
1) A clear sense of the problem they were trying to solve;
2) Crystal clear focus on only the most high-impact things;
3) Relentless pursuit of excellence in execution.
4) Luck.

That fourth one mightn't be a popular one to state, but the truth is that there are a lot of companies who try to do 1 through 3, but 4 always comes into play and Google is no different.

Answered 9 years ago

By monopolizing content and taxing access.

Answered 9 years ago

The promise of growth. And how crazy those dreams can be cast into people. Fundraising and valuations are a way of selling the future to people, today - but asking them to invest in tomorrow's value.

Answered 9 years ago

Interestingly I took a look at Google just a few weeks ago...

Google has three important things going for it:

1 - a single mission - >91% of revenue is from advertising
2 - dominance (monopoly) - Google has 70% market share for web-search (Microsoft 20%, Yahoo 10%)
3 - Advertising is a huge market that is migrating on-line

Also, by partnering with hardware manufacturers [Samsung, LG etc] it is trying to keep in front of the users and be the entry point of choice. iOS has 43% market share but Android has 49%.

The trajectory is onward and upward!

Happy to throw out some other opinions but that about captures it for me...

Answered 8 years ago

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