Alphabet has made headlines this month, not for its own core businesses, but for Uber and LendUp, two out of hundreds of smaller companies the behemoth has invested in over the years.
Those investments have been so widespread that the giant company sometimes finds itself at odds with its own investments. Earlier this month, Alphabet announced that it was testing its carpooling app in the U.S., despite an investment by its non-strategic venture capital arm in ride-sharing company Uber.
Google also found itself in the interesting position of banning payday lenders from its online advertising platform, while its venture capital arm holds an investment in a payday lender. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company, LendUp, would have a harder time marketing its loans after the change takes effect in July.
Almost 60 percent of the investments made by Google, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Google Capital are outside of the company's own North American Industry Classification System sector — "information" companies. It has made at least one investment in 15 out of 20 sectors, according to our analysis.
Explore the data below. Each circle represents an investment round that Google participated in, according to FactSet, and circle sizes reflect the overall size of all investment during that round.