A look back in IPO: Google, the profit machine
August 4, 2017•11 min
We’re taking a look at the IPOs of tech’s biggest players, the firms that we call theBig 5. We started withAmazon. Next up on our list is Google, the search and advertising giant. Google,now part of Alphabet, a holding company it created, went public in 2004. At the time, the firm frankly told investors in itsfounders’ letterthat it was “not a conventional company,” and it did “not intend to become one.