Google lays out investment plans for 2021 ; Where’s Philly?

Tom Paine

Source: Google Blog

Google posted on its blog Thursday its plans to invest across the US in 2021. Nothing on the scale of Amazon’s second city search, but Google says it will invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers, and add at least 10,000 new jobs in 2021.

There is nothing close to staggering about those numbers, since Google has 135.000 employees already and $85 billion in PP&E (Property, Plant & Equipment) on its balance sheet. Google plans to significantly expand its Pittsburgh presence. And it sounds like a major expansion is planned for the DC & Northern Virginal area. But one thing about Google’s plans is there is no mention of the Greater Philadelphia area.

i wasn’t able to retrieve the exact number of Google employees around Philly, but based on what I’ve seen my guess is its in the low hundreds (I don’t pay for premium access to LinkedIn).The major concentration seems to be around Google Cloud Platform (GCP). That may be partly due to GCP’s closeness to SAP in building its enterprise cloud business. Another area of emphasis for the Philly area is Life Sciences.

In terms of physical plant, there is nothing in the Philly area in Google’s listing of locations nationwide. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean Philly doesn’t have a Google office, as we found out once before.

Former SAP executive Rob Enslin is Google’s California-based President of Cloud Sales.. Phillip Moyer, a Philly-based onetime Safeguard Scientifics exec, moved in 2019 from Amazon to GCP, setting off a suit over an alleged non-compete violation from Amazon (since settled). His title is Vice President- Strategic Industries (encompassing Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, CPG, Telco, Media & Entertainment, Gaming).

I’ve requested of Google’s press center any information it can provide on specific stats or plans it may have for Philadelphia. I’ll let you know if I get anything back

DuckDuckGo in the limelight

Tom Paine

In case you haven’t noticed, news about Paoli-based alternative privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has grown from a trickle into a flood, partially based on recent interviews founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg has granted.

In one, he says he is talking with the Feds about their active Google antitrust investigation. In another, he is described as “talking to investors”, perhaps implying another funding round might be forthcoming.

The latest is a slew of articles ( prompted by a Wall Street analyst) ) suggesting Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo (for less than $1 billion, the analyst recommends)

Here are some dates and milestones mentioned in recent articles:

Raised $3 million in a Series A round in 2011, led by Union Square Ventures.

Says it might pass the $100 million revenue barrier for the first time in 2020

89 staff members currently

Profitable since 2014

In March 2018, 17 million daily DuckDuckGo searches were made; exactly two years later, 57 million searches were completed.

2018: Canadian investment fund leads $10 million round

1.5 billion monthly DuckDuckGos already taking place.

If DuckDuckGo is generating $100 million in revenue with 89 associates and no large content acquisition costs, its economics are exceptional

DuckDuckGo advertising contextual; Google search advertising personalized behavioral

Gooogle is paying Apple an estimated $7-8 billion per year to be Apple’s default search engine

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DuckDuckGo’s Weinberg talking to DOJ, states regarding Google

Tom Paine

Bloomberg reports that DuckDuckGo founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg has had discussions with state and federal officials regarding possible remedies to Google’s dominance. of internet advertising, which may result in a antitrust lawsuit against Google.

Alternatives could include having Google provide users with information on competitors, which might greatly increase market share for Microsoft’s Bing or DuckDuckGo itself.