Can You Identify These Tech Companies From Their Logos?

By: Olivia Cantor
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About This Quiz

Can you define what a tech company is? Maybe the logos of these companies can help you!

Today's definition of a tech company continues to expand as it widens in scope within the digital era. Technically speaking, a tech company is a business or enterprise involved in developing and utilizing specific types of technologies for particular industries. 

Generally speaking, though, we in the digital era are now used to thinking of tech companies as computer or internet-related businesses. While this is partly true, there are many companies which continue to contribute innovations and developments in existing technologies, and in the process, producing new ones.

Tech companies not only involve those in the telecommunications, media, or content-providing industries. They also involve other industries that rely on state-of-the-art technologies, like the medical industry.

But for this quiz, we will focus mainly on the entertainment, media, internet, and telecommunications industries, and other allied companies of these industries. We've picked out the most fun logos, so have fun naming them all! 

Apple's fruit logo is one of the most recognizable tech brand logos out there. The company is on top of many "best tech companies" lists, such as those tallied by Thomson Reuters, Fortune 500, Forbes, and even a list of the "best tech companies to work for" tallied by the jobs site, Glassdoor.

The search engine called Google is the banner contribution of the company formerly known as Google Inc. They changed their corporate organizational structure in 2015, creating Alphabet Inc. as their parent company. All other Google-related companies became subsidiaries of this parent company.

One of the most recognizable brands in wearable technology is Fitbit, an American tech company founded in 2007. They are popular for producing electronic products like smartwatches​ that can digitally sync with mobile devices. These products can track users' health and fitness data.

Microsoft Corporation became well-known by developing the Windows operating system of personal computers. This is the reason why the window-like image is their logo. Its famous founder is Bill Gates, the perceived direct competitor of Apple's Steve Jobs when they first started out.

MIT is an academic breeding ground of innovative tech ideas, and two of its students conceptualized Dropbox back in 2007. The idea is to store files in one's computer onto a cloud-hosting storage space, and users can sync the Dropbox contents in other computers, or in their mobile phones.

The concept of "bed & breakfast" lodging in the hospitality industry was taken to the next level by the founders of Airbnb. The idea is for ordinary homeowners​ to offer available room and lodging to travelers looking for accommodations that are cheaper and not as formal as hotel set-ups.

Mark Zuckerberg's story of how he and his friends founded Facebook is chronicled in the 2010 biopic, "The Social Network," written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. The film shows how Facebook was originally an inter-university project that later became global in scope.

The streaming media company known as Netflix started out as a DVD rental and sales company that ran operations via mail. Their late '90s business model was revised when DVD usage declined due to the growing popularity of online content. They're now the most recognized name in streaming media.

PayPal Holdings Inc., or popularly known as PayPal, is primarily a money transfer service which users can utilize to send and/or receive payments. Users need to attach a credit card and a bank account number to their PayPal accounts to help facilitate these online-based transactions.

Trivago is a website that consolidates hotel bookings for pricing comparison. It operates like a search engine specific to the travel booking industry. This tech company was founded in Germany, and its​ headquarters is located in Düsseldorf.

If you use Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Pagemaker, InDesign, or Illustrator, you know that these creative industry software products are made by Adobe Inc. Those who are not in the creative industry will also be familiar with Adobe if they use the company's other products, like Acrobat Reader.

This identifiable logo is familiar to music lovers subscribed to Spotify's streaming music service. One can access Spotify for free, but ads disrupt the listening flow after every few songs have played. You need to pay for the premium services to enjoy an ad-free listening experience.

Twitter started out as an idea by New York University student Jack Dorsey. He wanted a way to send one text message to a group of friends at the same time. With that simple idea, Twitter was soon launched and became another social media giant.

More than mere personal social networking, LinkedIn was created for professionals who want to do professional networking for career advancement. You can search for potential jobs here. You can also follow the accounts of various business leaders for their industry insights.

The early 2000s saw the European innovation called Skype to take off, and people took advantage of this new telecommunications technology. It enabled them to make calls over the internet, with video chatting to boost. Businesses eventually began​ using it for teleconferencing purposes.

Seagate Technology is originally a manufacturer of hard disk drives used in desktop and laptop computers. Today, they also manufacture external hard disk drives which are portable plug-and-play storage devices.

E-commerce is the new way of selling and buying products, thanks to the evolution of the internet. Many e-commerce platforms help both consumers and entrepreneurs with their needs. One such platform is Shopify, a Canadian tech company based in Ottawa.

Various lodging places around the world now proudly display their TripAdvisor ranking as evidence of their quality service. These ratings and reviews are mostly crowdsourced, meaning people who went to these places are the ones ranking their quality. Restaurants and other travel-related businesses​ are also included in the listings.

The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, founded the company known originally as American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Its name reflected the two main telecommunications technologies of the late 1800s. It's now known simply as AT&T.

With its headquarters in California, Electronic Arts Inc. is one of the leading tech companies focused on producing video games. They have developed software for various brands of consoles since the company was founded in the early '80s. They are the creators of The Sims, FIFA Football, and others.

E-commerce platforms have different business models, so they are able to address consumer and seller needs in various ways. The tech company called Groupon offers a different business model wherein people can search for group discounts and deals from various merchants that offer them.

Today's mobile-based commuter alternative is being provided by transportation network companies. They operate like taxi systems except that you book a ride through their apps and fixed rates could be determined from there. One of the first TNCs to use this ride-hailing system is Uber.

LG Electronics manufactures home appliances for a worldwide market. Their products include refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, TV sets, microwave ovens, and many more. This South Korean company also manufactures smartphones and smartwatches​.

Small things are also big in tech industries, such as computer accessories and peripherals. One leading company that manufactures these products is Logitech, a tech company in Switzerland. They make computer mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, Bluetooth speakers, and much more.

A rapper and record producer might know a thing or two about good audio technology, so Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records teamed up to form Beats Electronics. Their company is one of the subsidiary companies of Apple Inc. Their products are mainly speakers and headphone sets.

Early internet adaptors will definitely remember the glory days of Yahoo! when it first came out in the mid-'90s. It was that decade's leading search engine and one of the earliest web portals of varied information. People also chatted using their now defunct Yahoo! Messenger service.

Washington is the home state of Expedia Group, a tech company that specializes in travel-related booking websites. This logo is for their main website, Expedia.com, where travelers can purchase items such as tickets, transact for car rental services, and make hotel booking reservations.

Facebook's early years were marked with gaming tech tie-ups, and Zynga's FarmVille was one of the most popular games accessible through Zuckerberg's platform in the late 2000s. Zynga now develops games accessible via apps on mobile devices. Even FarmVille now has a gaming app of its own.

It was originally called Snapchat Inc. but has now shortened the company name to Snap Inc. They are the makers of the messaging app called Snapchat. Snap incorporated elements of augmented reality into their app, and it's a popular social media platform for younger social media influencers.

Dolby Laboratories is the formal name of the company people usually know as Dolby. Moviegoers are very familiar with this one since movie theaters equipped with their audio technology for cinema display this logo prominently on the premises.

Digital companies like BuzzFeed are contributing to the entertainment media industry landscape by providing alternative options to traditional media structures and systems. What was once a website for fun articles and quizzes eventually evolved into a global media company.

BlackBerry used to be one of the biggest names in mobile technology in the 2000s with their own operating system and instant messaging platform within their devices. The company still exists, and they still manufacture smartphones, some of which are Android-based.

That familiar "play" icon is known to fans of web series, most of which are hosted on YouTube. Founded in the mid-2000s, it's now owned by Alphabet Inc., the same owners of Google. This platform enabled a new generation of entertainers known as "YouTubers" and "social media influencers."

When it comes to peer-to-peer file sharing technology, BitTorrent is the most well-known company for that. Their main technology is also called BitTorrent, the internet communication protocol that makes it possible to share large digital files online such as movies, music, photos, and documents.

Xerox Corporation is in the business of information technology today, though it started very differently as a company in the late 1900s. Their old company entity used to produce photo paper and photography-related equipment. They evolved into a photocopying technology company in the late 1950s.

Internet domain name registration is GoDaddy's main business. It is a tech company founded in the late '90s. Based in Arizona, the company also offers web hosting services. They are officially accredited by ICANN or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Upwork Global Inc. is the formal name of Upwork. Formerly known as oDesk, it merged with Elance and created one freelance jobs platform. Multinational companies like Johnson & Johnson are now part of this jobs marketplace where they hire freelancers on a per project basis.

China is gaining ground in the global telecommunications industry as evident in the smartphone products made by these companies. One leading brand is Huawei which produces smartphones that are competitive in specs with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Android​ phones.

Vaio used to be part of Sony, and their computer products were branded as Sony Vaio. Sony decided to sell the Vaio line, and it's now known as Vaio Corporation under new owners. They still manufacture laptops but they have also expanded into making other mobile consumer electronics.

The big business of computer-run industries can't function without things like embedded processors, semiconductors or integrated circuits. One of the top tech companies that specialize in these is Texas Instruments. Its origins can be traced to the 1930s.

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