How American are American tech companies?

Geography is just a matter of perspective for Google and Apple when it comes to paying taxes or deciding where their products are built. So, why are they still considered US icons?

Geography, and in particular the concept of nation states, is all a matter of perspective when you are a global corporation like Apple, Google, Amazon or Microsoft. We take it on face value that these companies are American because they are incorporated there and that is where their headquarters are. However, 40 per cent of Microsoft’s employees work outside of the US. Of the 60 per cent that work in America, a large number (especially developers) are actually working on H-1B foreign worker visas and come from all over the world, including Australia. Of the 65,000 H-1B visas granted in the US each year, tech companies take the bulk of them.

 So how is a company like Apple, who manufactures all of its products in China and designs them in the US with foreign workers, actually “American”?


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