For a long time now technology has been taking over the world, now more than ever. Technology has encroached almost every other aspect of life, leading to a steady growth of technology companies. There are the big players who have been around for a long time and have kept their place at the head of the game after infiltrating the entire world, there are regional bigwigs and there are start-ups who are giving the big names a run for their money.
Survey shows that American companies continue to lead the way for the rest of them, with American names taking up most of the slots on lists such as the Forbes 500. A few other companies from other continents especially Asia have managed to have a worldwide influence, and many others seem to be on the rise. Our list of most notable hi-tech names is made up of companies that have managed to remain relevant and at the top of the game for many years and are still making waves in 2019.
With its headquarters in Redwood Shores, California in the United States of America, Oracle is one of the biggest tech firms in the world. It’s a multinational corporation that deals with creating and marketing software products, cloud computing programs, database applications and technologies. Oracle also develops enterprise resource planning applications, supply chain management applications and tools for database management among other many things. This has made it one of the largest software makers, alongside Alphabet and Microsoft.
When Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Harvard developed Facebook in 2004, they didn’t have the whole world in mind, just the campus population. After such a humble beginning, Facebook is now the most popular social media platform all over the world. Eight years after its inception it became a publicly listed company making stock available to the public. It had an evaluation of $104 billion.
Supplying chips for major PC system makers such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and Apple, Intel is one of the largest semiconductor chip manufacturers in the world, coming behind Korean giant Samsung. Founded in 1968, the corporation has its headquarters in Santa Clara, California in the United States. Alongside semiconductor chips, the firm also produces graphics processors, motherboard chipsets, flash memory and several other devices that are important in communications and computing.
One of the most successful non-American brands in the world, Samsung was started off as a trading firm in 1938 by Lee Byung-Chul. The firm then went on to dabble in all manner of businesses, from insurance to food processing. It didn’t get into electronics until the late 1960s. When its founder passed away in 1987, the firm spilt into four business groups, each to take care of the major businesses that the firm still dealt with alongside electronics. The Samsung Group has gone ahead to claim its place as one of the world’s biggest tech companies with its semiconductors and cellular phones taking over.
Another tech firm headquartered in California, Apple Inc. is a leading multinational that designs, develops and sells electronic equipment, internet services and computer applications. After a rough start that was characterized by power battles among executives, the company took off and in 2019, it pretty much makes the path that all other tech companies follow.