Amazing Early Google Video Shows Boyish Larry & Sergey, Bored Employees Who Would Become Millionaires

Picture 55 With management changes and numerous other efforts Google is trying to "get back to its startup roots." So how about a video from when Google was really a startup. On the Xooglers blog (and below) is a video of a "TGIF meeting." Taken in 1999 by Doug Edwards, who was then the director of consumer marketing and brand management for Google, it almost plays like a scene from the NBC show "The Office." The video presents a pretty routine employee meeting: announcements are made, some new employees are introduced and an informal birthday party happens. According to Edwards' blog post the comp [...]


Google’s Larry Page, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Make 2011 TIME 100 List

Two of the biggest names in search are on the 2011 TIME 100 -- the magazine's choices for the most influential people in the world: Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the short Zuckerberg essay, April Capone - the mayor of East Haven, Conn., tells the story of how she donated a kidney to one of her constituents who had put out a call for donors on Facebook. The Page profile has Stanford computer science professor Terry Winograd remembering what it was like to have both Google co-founders (Page and Sergey Brin) in class. At the top of the TIME list is Wael [...]


What’s It Like To Be A Google Search Engineer?

As you may know, Google is hiring search quality engineers. They are hiring across the board in search, including synonyms and spell correction, core ranking, UI changes, evaluation, and webspam. To apply, fill out this form. As part of their hiring efforts, Google has released a video named Search Engineering at Google. Some of your favorite Googlers are featured in the film, including Othar Hansson, Trystan Upstill, and Corey Anderson. They all describe what it is like to work at Google as a software engineer in search. Here is the video:   Related Stories: Google T [...]


Google Q1 Revenues $8.58 Billion, Some Investors Unhappy

google-earnings-featured Google had a strong Q1 with $8.58 billion in gross revenue. Net revenue was $6.54 billion. Both figures were somewhat better than some expected, although many are calling them "mixed." Growth was 27 percent year over year. Expenses and costs were higher and some investors are expressing disappointment; Google shares are down almost 5 percent in after-hours trading. Here are some highlights from from the release: Revenues – Google reported revenues of $8.58 billion in the first quarter of 2011, representing a 27% increase over first quarter 2010 revenues of $6.77 [...]


Google’s Executive Reorg: Does It Matter?

As we and others reported yesterday, Google CEO Larry Page is shuffling the deck with his executive team, with a reassertion of engineering across the board it appears. Here's the Google roster of top executives as it still reads on the site: Larry Page, CEO Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Sergey Brin, Co-Founder Nikesh Arora, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Shona L. Brown, Senior Vice President, Business Operations David C. Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President, [...]


Reports: Google CEO Page Ties Bonuses To Social Success, Reorganizes Google Mgmt. Team

larry-page-144wide 2011 bonuses for Google employees are reportedly being tied to how well the company fares in its efforts to integrate social elements across Google products. That's according to two reports from Silicon Alley Insider -- reports that say the news first spread in a company-wide memo last Friday from co-founder (and now new CEO) Larry Page. There are also reports tonight that Page has promoted a half-dozen Google execs to new senior vice president roles; more on that below. SAI has published a screenshot that it says is an internal Google FAQ describing a "2011 Multiplier" affecting employe [...]


Confirmed: Google Product SVP Jonathan Rosenberg Stepping Down

Jonathan Rosenberg photo Google product chief Jonathan Rosenberg is not the first high-profile victim of the Larry Page era. While Google has officially confirmed to us that Rosenberg is leaving effective this summer, he is apparently leaving voluntarily. He is choosing family over making a new multi-year commitment to Mountain View. More Time with Family Google told us that the account in the Mercury News is more or less accurate. Rosenberg had previously said he intended to leave Google when his kids got older. Now they're nearing college age. Page apparently asked senior executives, including Rosenberg, for [...]


How Blunders And Myopia Helped Fuel Google’s Rise To Dominance

page-brin-posterized-featured As Google co-founder Larry Page takes the helm as Google CEO today, it's interesting to look back at some of the seminal events that spurred the once dedicated academic to abandon his graduate studies at Stanford and take the plunge as an entrepreneur. By 1996, it was apparent to many that Larry Page and Sergey Brin had created a very good search engine (called BackRub at the time). But they were reluctant to commercialize it—they were at Stanford to get advanced degrees (like their fathers), not start a company. So the pair had a series of meetings to explore the idea of selling or lic [...]


Larry Page Takes The Helm As Google CEO Today

Picture 10 Today marks the peaceful transfer of power between Eric Schmidt and Larry Page (pictured in his official Google photo at right). Page is now the CEO and Schimdt the Executive Chairman. We don't know if Schmidt will be nominated for the post of US Commerce Secretary (as rumored) and have to leave Google. But Page returns to the position he held before Schmidt arrived to lead Google through an IPO and to the position it's in today: dominant yet vulnerable. A trio of articles this weekend sought to size up Page and lay out the challenges facing Mountain View. However the fanfare and ana [...]


Schmidt & Privacy: Google Anyone Other Than Me

Google CEO and soon to be Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has made a number of interesting and often controversial statements about privacy. While the official line from Google is that the company is fully committed to respecting the privacy of others, Schmidt has seemingly contradicted that, at one time saying "There is what I call the creepy line," he said at an event at the Newseum. "The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." Schmidt also offered advice about how to protect your online privacy: He told CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo, o [...]


Googlers: Single With No Kids & Drinking Mountain View

Rapleaf published some interesting data comparing Google employees to Microsoft employees. TechCrunch published the report, which we will embed below as well. The study was made up of matching 6,000 Google employees and 16,000 Microsoft employees email addresses with grocery purchase behavior in partnership with a loyalty card aggregator. They determined a lot of interesting differences between Googlers and Microsoft employees. Googlers are more likely to buy bacon, ice cream, fresh fruits and vegetables, Mountain Dew and Doritos Microsoft employees are more likely to buy vitamins, b [...]


Report: Google Still Top Desired Place To Work

An annual study by Universum ranks Google the top place for young working professionals to work at. Google Is No. 1 on List Of Desired Employers from the Wall Street Journal reports the study claimed about one in four of new job applicants would prefer to work at Google over any other company. About 25% of the 10,306 surveyed said the ideal work-place for them would be Google. Apple was followed by Google, with about 14% of the respondents, then Walt Disney with about 9%, U.S. Department o State with about 9%, then Amazon, the FBI, Microsoft, CIA, NASA and the Teach fo America. Here [...]


Google’s Schmidt Close To Getting Commerce Secretary Nomination: Report

Business Insider is reporting, based on unnamed sources, that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is on track to be nominated for the post of Commerce Secretary by President Obama: Mr. Schmidt picked up an important vote of confidence earlier this week when former Reagan Administration Commerce Department counsel Clyde Prestowitz essentially endorsed Schmidt for the job. That didn't happen by accident and it's a strong signal that the GOP DC establishment will support a Schmidt appointment. Word came that Schmidt was under consideration for the post earlier this month. The vacancy is created because cu [...]


Sergey Brin & Bono Up For Gorbachev Awards

What does lead U2 singer Bono and Google co-founder Sergey Brin have in common? They are both in the running for a new award named the Gorbachev Awards. The Telegraph reports the former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, is holding an international award designed for honoring "people capable of changing the world." The award will be announced on March 30th at the Royal Albert Hall in Britain. The event is also a gala concert for his 80th Birthday, which was on March 2nd. Some of the other people up for winning the award include CNN's founder Ted Turner, movie producer Steven Spielber [...]


Google’s Top Paid Bonuses For Executives Of 2011

Business Insider reports on a recent Google SEC filing showing the top bonuses paid to Google executives in early 2011. The top bonuses do not list Google's co-founders or current CEO, but here is what they do list. Nikesh Arora, chief business officer: $20 million in stock and $2.7 million cash. Patrick Pichette, CFO: $15 million in stock, $2.7 million cash. Alan Eustace, senior VP of engineering and research: $10 million stock, $1.8 million cash. Jonathan Rosenberg, senior VP of product management: $5 million stock, $1.8 million cash. The maximum allowed for a cash bonus for 20 [...]


US Commerce Secretary Eric Schmidt?

President Obama is reportedly considering Google CEO Eric Schmidt for the soon-to-be-vacant position of US Commerce Secretary. That position is currently occupied by Gary Locke who is becoming US ambassador to China. Current ambassador Jon Huntsman, a Republican, is considering a 2012 presidential run and leaving his post on April 30. According to Bloomberg: The next Commerce secretary will have a significant role in Obama’s National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports to $3.1 trillion within five years.  . . .  Schmidt, 55, announced in January that he plans to step down as Go [...]


Russia: Egypt Uprising Fault Of Google

Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report from Reuters reports Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy, Igor Sechin, as telling the Wall Street Journal: Look what they have done in Egypt, those highly-placed managers of Google, what manipulations of the energy of the people took place there. Of course it is a bit interesting to see Russia blame the changes and unrest in Egypt on Google. Of course, he was citing Google's Ghonim who was and still is currently very active in the revolution in the country. This implies that some Russian leaders are very interested [...]


Google’s Egypt Executive, Wael Ghonim, Should Be Released From Egyptian Custody Now

TechCrunch reported that CNN's news anchor Hala Gorani tweeted that the Egyptian PM, Ahmed Shafiq said Google's executive based in Egypt will be released today at 4pm Egyptian time. Being that it is after 4:30pm local time in Egypt, I'd hope he has been released. Although I still do not see any confirmation from Google that he is safe and free. Wael Ghonim, Google's Middle East Executive was detained by the Egyptian government last week during the protests. He has not been heard from since his last tweet on January 25th, "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is p [...]


Did A Google Employee Just Register Hiybbprqag.com To Help Recruit New Employees?

That's a screenshot of Google's "Jobs" page, which can be found at http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/index.html. But it can also be reached by going to hiybbprqag.com, which does a 302 redirect to the Google.com URL. Say what? And who? And why? Let's sort this out: "Hiybbprqag" is one of the nonsense words that Google used in its sting operation against Bing over the past few months. Our story was published on February 1st, the same day this domain was registered. (It's also the same word that Stephen Colbert made famous on his show last night - February 2nd.) It looks like the [...]


Google Executive Believed Missing After Egypt Protests

There are several reports that a Google executive based in the Middle East is missing after taking part in the protests in Egypt last week. Wael Ghonim, whose LinkedIn profile says he's Google's Head of Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, tweeted on January 24th that he planned to take part in the January 25th protests "despite all the warnings I got from my relative and friends." A few days later, he tweeted about being "very worried" and "ready to die" because "government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people." Ghonim's brother has told the Wall Street Journal tha [...]


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