Google Launches Venture Capitalist Unit

By: WebProNews Staff - April 7, 2009

With angel funding down 26 percent 2008, there’s probably a lot of Web entrepreneurs pretty happy to see Google quietly launch Google Ventures, the company’s new venture capitalist arm ready to drop tens of millions of dollars into a good idea.

Headed up by Googlers Bill Maris and Android cofounder Rich Miner, Google Ventures is set to drop some of that mountain of cash Google has been sitting on, a development that runs a bit contrary to Eric Schmidt’s declaration that Google would just hang on to its money during the recession.

The move is also interesting in light of how just a couple of years ago Google narrowly escaped being classified as an investment fund by the SEC precisely because of the amount of cash in Google’s coffers, a classification that would change Google’s tax burden.

From the Google Ventures website:

Google Ventures seeks to discover and grow great companies – we believe in the power of entrepreneurs to do amazing things. We’re studying a broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech and health care. We invest anywhere from seed to mezzanine stage and embrace the challenge of helping young companies grow from the garage to global relevance.

Considering that Google surpassed GE in terms of market cap this week (probably a temporary thing), investing that cash might a be good idea, and may just inject a little liquidity into a burdened market.


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  • CherokeeCasinoTulsa

    looking for more money!!

  • Franchise Directory

    Yes, every entrepreneur and his dog is now digging out those old bones of an idea that seemed too big or daft to put into action.

    Sounds like a good idea to moi but me thinks they will be inundated with requests for a while to come, I expect it will turn into a glorified Google labs.

    p.s. sneaky Google TBPR update did you notice?

  • kieran c. obioma

    i do not have money i need your help

  • Guest
  • Sealy Plush Mattress

    Google always step ahead!

  • Logo design service

    Why waste billions of dollars more to buy a cool idea once it has become a hot property, when you can own it right from its inception.

    Intelligent guys, these google people are.

  • rackmount monitor

    Google makes always their marketing strategy one step ahead.

  • Eric

    one way or the other, they will acquire good stuff because they can’t stop acquiring and it is better to acquire when the business(they want to acquire) are not much famous and save billions. Google must have learnt this practically by there experience of acquiring youtube which they bought for 1.64 billion US dollars.

  • Guest

    Excellent idea.

    Google is much more switched on than the bloated old banks. Just what the economy needs!