President Obama made a historic visit to Havana this week, making him the first sitting president to visit Cuba in decades. Obama was accompanied by business leaders including executives from some big tech names that are looking to expand into the isolated island nation. Here's a look at 10 of the names looking to set up shop in Cuba in the coming months and years. 

Google: President Obama brought news with him that Google will be playing a role in improving internet access across the island. The Silicon Valley giant has also built a studio stocked with laptops, cell phones, and virtual reality headsets in cooperation with one of Cuba's most famous artists, where free internet will be available at speeds about 70 times faster than what is currently available to the public there.

Airbnb: The global home-sharing site started allowing Americans to stay in certain locations in Cuba starting last year. Today, anyone worldwide is able to book a place to stay in Cuba through the American platform. Airbnb reports that Cuba is its fastest growing travel market over the past year, despite the small number of Cubans with internet access. Given today's announcements, that growth seems likely to continue. 

Priceline/Booking.com: As the president was landing in Havana, the Priceline Group sent out a release announcing that Americans will soon be able to book hotel rooms in Cuba via its site, Booking.com.

Starwood/Marriott: The hotel giants are in the midst of combining at the same time that Starwood has inked a deal with Cuba to operate and market three hotels on the island from the U.S. for the first time in over 50 years.

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T: The three big wireless carriers are ready to move into Cuba any way they can. Last year, Verizon and Sprint began offering roaming services for tourists on the island. AT&T is also reportedly in talks to join its rivals in offering services there.

PayPal: CEO Daniel Schulman accompanied Obama to Havana. He has said the company is interested in bringing its worldwide money-transfer service, Xoom, to Cuba.

Stripe: Another payments company, Stripe, announced last week that it will be bringing its entrepreneurship toolkit, Atlas, to the island. Atlas helps startups with becoming incorporated as a U.S. company, U.S. bank accounts, and accepting payments.

Netflix: The streaming service has actually been officially available in Cuba for over a year, but with so few households online, it's mainly been about bragging rights for Netflix. If the above efforts lead to a more connected country, it could soon become a more substantive operation.

Published on: Mar 21, 2016
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