From Skype to Zynga, Google to Etsy, how 16 tech companies got their weird names
Google, Yahoo!, Skype. Some of today's biggest tech companies are named the strangest things.
Sometimes, it's not the company's fault. There's a running joke that vowels are too expensive in Silicon Valley and founders can't afford normal-sounding domain names. Others strive to come up with something a little different. "I wanted a nonsense word because I wanted to build the brand from scratch," one founder said.
Take a look at our gallery of the weirdest company names in the tech world.
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