Watching Microsoft attempt to acquire Yahoo! and Google try to the scuttle the merger is fascinating from a corporate/business strategy perspective. But at a more philosophical level, think about the fact that these three companies were founded by campus entrepreneurs. Ponder the incredible impact of these three firms on the economic, social, and technological fronts. As of right now (Feb 11) their market caps are: MSFT ($266 billion), GOOG ($161 billion), and YHOO ($41 billion); not too mention the fact that they control search, software, and email.