Do you know your ABC’s? Here’s a closer look at Google’s holding company, Alphabet

Posted by Carly Barnes

Jul 19, 2017 3:16:42 PM

In 2015 the leading Internet search engine Google officially became Alphabet, a multinational collection of companies with Google being the biggest under its umbrella. Google’s cofounders took on executive roles in Alphabet, with Larry Page serving as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. 

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Topics: Investing, Business


What does unbundling have to do with lemonade?

Posted by Carly Barnes

May 25, 2016 11:36:58 AM

When I was a lighty my best friend and I were budding entrepreneurs. Every Saturday morning we’d set up shop at the bottom of one of our parents’ driveways to ply our wares – mine being homemade lemonade and his, cricket player fan cards. For real – like a scene out of a movie. And believe it or not, we actually made some lekker pocket money! (I was saving up to buy Ultra Hair Barbie and he had major expansion plans for his Lego collection). But soon enough we realised that our mutual venture required a different focus from each of us.

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Topics: Business, shares


The Bigger Picture

Posted by Carly Barnes

Apr 13, 2016 12:43:06 PM

No one can call the Purple office a boring place to work. Everywhere you look there is a different colour, image or word which for a moment pulls you away from the ticker-tack of laptops, the hum of fierce activity, the to-do lists, and the general work churning mechanics of the place. For a visual person like me – these are welcome brain snacks for my imagination.

We’ve got some very interesting pieces up on the walls of our office – the dismantled typewriter being a favourite of mine – and recently we added a kaleidoscope of portraits to the reception area. A representation of all the people who make up the bigger picture that is Purple. Carel Nolte, who heads up Communications at Purple, has a keen interest and involvement in the arts. He explains the thinking behind this idea: “Purple is about people. That’s our unique quality and a unique quality for any company – the individuals in it and how they come together as a group. Those portraits can all stand by themselves. But when you put them together they become something else. You can move them around and that changes the picture as well. It’s diverse, like our group is diverse.”


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Topics: Staff, Art, Business, Perspective, People


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