These companies are in the business of solving problems. Whether its transforming the way we shop for essential items, connect with our loved ones, stream our favorite shows, or even search for the doctors' offices in your area, technology companies get it done. In the world of technology, the sky's the limit.  

Microsoft (MSFT): 

The Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), commonly shortened to Microsoft, is a multinational American technology company. Headquartered in Redmond, WA, Microsoft researches, develops, manufactures, supports, licenses, and sells personal computers, computer software, consumer electronics, and related services. Microsoft produces the Windows line of operating systems (OS) as well as the Microsoft suite of software products. Microsoft has also produced two web browsers: Edge and Internet Explorer. Microsoft is also involved in video game production.

Subsidiaries of Microsoft

Microsoft has a number of subsidiaries. This includes LinkedIn, which is a social media network designed to help people make connections in the business world. Microsoft also runs Office 365, which is a line of computer programs that includes Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet program), Microsoft Word (a word documentation program), and Microsoft PowerPoint (a slideshow and presentation program). Microsoft also runs Outlook, which is a communication provider with email at its core.

Microsoft also runs Xbox GamePass, which is an online gaming service that allows players to compete with one another using the internet. 

Intuit, Inc. (INTU):

Intuit, Inc. engages in the provision of business and financial management solutions. It operates through the following segments: Small Business and Self-Employed; Consumer; and Strategic Partner. The Small Business and Self-Employed segment offers QuickBooks financial and business management online services and desktop software, payroll solutions, payment processing solutions, and financing for small businesses. The Consumer segment includes do-it-yourself and assisted TurboTax income tax preparation products and services. The Strategic Partner segment comprises professional tax offerings, which include Lacerte, ProSeries, ProFile, and ProConnect Tax Online among professional accountants. The company was founded by Scott D. Cook and Thomas A. Proulx in March 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. The full company name is Intuit, Inc.

Square (SQ):

Intuit, Inc. engages in the provision of business and financial management solutions. It operates through the following segments: Small Business and Self-Employed; Consumer; and Strategic Partner. The Small Business and Self-Employed segment offers QuickBooks financial and business management online services and desktop software, payroll solutions, payment processing solutions, and financing for small businesses. The Consumer segment includes do-it-yourself and assisted TurboTax income tax preparation products and services. The Strategic Partner segment comprises professional tax offerings, which include Lacerte, ProSeries, ProFile, and ProConnect Tax Online among professional accountants. The company was founded by Scott D. Cook and Thomas A. Proulx in March 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. The full company name is Intuit, Inc.

Qualcomm (QCOM):

QUALCOMM, Inc. engages in the development, design, and provision of digital telecommunications products and services. It operates through the following segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL), and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on technologies for the use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses and provides rights to use portions of the firm's intellectual property portfolio. The QSI segment focuses on opening new or expanding opportunities for its technologies and supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications. 

The company was founded by Franklin P. Antonio, Adelia A. Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Mark Jacobs, Andrew J. Viterbi, and Harvey P. White in July 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The full company name is QUALCOMM, Inc.

Apple (AAPL):

Apple (AAPL) is a multinational technology company that develops, designs, markets, and distributes multiple forms of consumer electronics and online services. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, CA. The company was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak. At the time, it was known as Apple Computer Company. In 1977, the company changed its name to Apple Computer, Inc. before finally changing its name to Apple, Inc. in 2007 to reflect its move into other areas of electronics beyond just computers. Apple Inc. went public (AAPL) in 1980, allowing others to start investing in Apple.

In addition to producing both commercial and personal Apple computers (Macintosh or Mac), Apple also produces a variety of other hardware electronics, including the iPhone smartphone, tablet computers (iPads), and also portable media players, such as iPods. Apple Inc. also produces smart devices such as the Apple Watch and the HomePod smart speaker. Finally, Apple Inc. produces various software operating systems (OSs), including macOS, iOS, and tvOS. Apple also produces Apple Pay, which is a cashless method of payment that is now accepted at numerous stores throughout the world.

Adobe, Inc. (ADBE): 

Adobe, Inc. engages in the provision of digital marketing and media solutions. It operates through the following segments: Digital Media, Digital Experience, and Publishing. The Digital Media segment offers creative cloud services, which allow members to download and install the latest versions of products, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe InDesign, as well as utilize other tools, such as Adobe Acrobat. The Digital Experience segment provides solutions, including analytics, social marketing, targeting, media optimization, digital experience management, and cross-channel campaign management, as well as premium video delivery and monetization. The Publishing segment includes legacy products and services for eLearning solutions, technical document publishing, web application development, and high-end printing. 

The company was founded by Charles M. Geschke and John E. Warnock in December 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA. The full company name is Adobe, Inc.

Amazon (AMZN): 

Amazon.com, Inc (AMZN) is a multinational technology company that is known for its online shopping (e-commerce) capabilities, digital streaming services, and artificial intelligence. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and is best-known for its disruption of traditional shopping methods using scaled technology development. Amazon was founded in 1994 in Bellevue, WA, by Jeff Bezos. At the time, the company was known as Cadabra, Inc. In 1995, the company changed its name to Amazon. Today, Amazon is an online marketplace that also provides numerous other services, including cloud computing, AI assistants, and online streaming. Amazon went public in 1997 with the ticker symbol AMZN. 

Brands and Services Produced by Amazon.com, Inc. While Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) was founded as a way to sell books, it quickly expanded to sell most other consumer products as well. Some of the key products produced by Amazon include the Amazon Echo smart home device, the Fire Tablet, the Fire TV device, the Fire Operating System, and the Kindle (a portable electronic book).

Salesforce (CRM): 

salesforce.com, inc. engages in the design and development of cloud-based enterprise software for customer relationship management. Its solutions include sales force automation, customer service and support, marketing automation, digital commerce, community management, collaboration, industry-specific solutions, and salesforce platform. The firm also provides guidance, support, training, and advisory services. The company was founded by Marc Russell Benioff, Parker Harris, David Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez in February 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The full company name is salesforce.com, inc.

Netflix (NFLX): 

Netflix, Inc. is a streaming entertainment service company, which provides subscription service streaming movies and television episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. It operates through the following segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic Streaming segment derives revenues from monthly membership fees for services consisting solely of streaming content to its members in the United States. The International Streaming segment includes fees from members outside the United States. The Domestic DVD segment covers revenues from services consisting solely of DVD-by-mail. The company was founded by Marc Randolph and Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr., on August 29, 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA. The full company name is Netflix, Inc.

Alphabet (GOOGL)

Alphabet, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the business of acquisition and operation of different companies. It operates through the Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes its main Internet products such as ads, Android, Chrome, hardware, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Search, and YouTube. The Other Bets segment consists of businesses such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Verily, Waymo, and X. The company was founded by Lawrence E. Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin on October 2, 2015 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. The full company name is Alphabet, Inc.

Autodesk (ADSK): 

Autodesk, Inc. engages in the design of software and services. Its products include Autodesk 360 cloud services, AutoCAD civil 3D and LT, 3Ds Max, Maya, and Revit. The firm also offers development and manufacturing software, which provides manufacturers in automotive, transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products, and building product industries with comprehensive digital design, engineering, and production solutions; and digital media and entertainment, which consists of tools for digital sculpting, modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing for design visualization, visual effects, and games production. The company was founded by John Walker in April 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, CA. The full company name is Autodesk, Inc.

Workday (WDAY): 

Workday, Inc. engages in the development of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. It delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for companies, educational institutions and government agencies. The company was founded by David A. Duffield and Aneel Bhusri in March 2005 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA. The full company name is Workday, Inc.

Oracle (ORCL):

Oracle Corp. engages in the provision of products and services that address all aspects of corporate information technology environments. It operates through the following business segments: Cloud and License, Hardware, and Services. The Cloud and License segment markets, sells, and delivers applications, platform, and infrastructure technologies. The Hardware segment provides hardware products and hardware-related software products including Oracle Engineered Systems, servers, storage, industry-specific hardware, operating systems, virtualization, management and other hardware related software, and related hardware support. The Services segment offers consulting, advanced support, and education services. 

Facebook (FB): 

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. The company engages in the development of social media applications for people to connect through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces. It enables users to share opinions, ideas, photos, videos, and other activities online. The firm's products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus. The company was founded by Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris R. Hughes, Andrew McCollum, and Eduardo P. Saverin on February 4, 2004 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. The full company name is Facebook, Inc.

Micron Technology (MU): 

Micron Technologies is an American computer data storage and computer memory company. It is headquartered in Boise, ID and was founded in 1978 by Doug Pitman, Joe Parkinson, Dennis Wilson, and Ward Parkinson. The startup received backing from J. R. Simplot, an Idaho billionaire who made his money in the potato industry. In 1981, the company became a presence in the semiconductor industry, completing its first wafer fabrication unit, titled Fab 1. In 1984, the company went public and is now traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol MU. Of note, Micron Technologies also owned Lexar from 2006 to 2017.

Micron Technologies (MU) is a producer of dynamic random-access memory drives, USB flash drives, and solid-state drives (SSDs). It produces consumer products that are marketed by Ballistix and Crucial brands. Micron Technologies also partnered with Intel to launch IM Flash Technologies, a company that produces NAND flash memory, which uses a series of logic gates to store information on computers

Micron Technologies is also active in the research and development of advanced semiconductors, which play critical roles in the proper function of computers, microchips, and hard drives. In 2019, Micron Technologies created the first microSD card that was capable of holding 1 terabyte (TB) of information.

Nvidia (NVDA): 

Nvidia (NVDA) is a technology company providing computer processing capability in a variety of arenas, including computer gaming, mobile computing, supercomputing, automotive computing and artificial intelligence. It got its start designing graphic processing units (GPUs), and it takes credit for having invented the GPU.

The company was founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowski and Curtis Priem. They brought in backgrounds in microprocessor design and graphic chip design.

As they began to organize there as-yet unnamed company, they noted that they had used the letters “NV,” standing for "next version," in their file names, and they started casting around for a name the included those letters. The one they chose, Nvidia, derives from the Latin word “invidia,” which means “envy.”

The initial focus of Nvidia was computer gaming, which has an enormous demand for computing power, especially in its use of 3D graphics, and was enjoying skyrocketing sales in the 1990s. The founders reasoned that the processing capability developed for gaming would also be applicable to other industries.

Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT):

Vanguard Information Technology ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks in the information technology sector. VGT includes stocks of companies that serve the electronics and computer industries or that manufacture products based on the latest applied science.

 

Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK): 

XLK tracks an index of S&P 500 technology stocks. The full company name is SSgA Active Trust - SSgA Technology Select Sector SPDR.