I received an invite to the opening of Google’s new Manhattan offices but had to pass due to a full schedule – it looks like I should have found the time….
The office space at 111 Eighth Ave., which real estate experts estimate is costing the company $10 million a year in rent, is similar in design and functionality to its headquarters in Mountain View. This includes a fully equipped game room that would make any high school boy drool. Foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and pool tables are all available for employees to take a break and “blow off some steam.” The room also has a video game area, bean bag chairs, massage chairs and even a full basketball hoop setup.
CNET has photos.
I can’t tell you just how much satisfaction I get from helping a company understand its potential and benefit from my experience.
The icing on the cake, comes from feedback like this…
“I hired Andy Beal regarding a very specific set of problems my team was having… Within about twenty three minutes Andy spotted a few even bigger problems that I did not see, and within an hour Andy had a solution for each and every issue. Andy also gave me one subtle tip that will dramatically increase our profits!”
– Brett T. Smith, President, World Wide Internet Publishing Ltd.
Ask.com has given users a twofer to start off their Monday morning.
First, the company has upgraded their Sponsored Listings program.
A new dashboard interface, bulk management tools, and an available application programming interface (API) simplify management of ASL for advertisers and agencies managing multiple campaigns.
Second, comes news that Bloglines has added some Ajax features to its navigation.
The Google boys have come a long way since their start-up days in a rented garage. AP reports Brin and Page have purchased the home (and the garage) where the company first started.
So how much did they pay and do they plan to use the house as the latest datacenter?
Google declined to reveal how much it paid for its original home, but similar houses in the same neighborhood have been selling in the $1.1 million to $1.3 million range.
Google may use the home as a guest house, but nothing definitive has been worked out. “We plan to preserve the property as a part of our living legacy,” said Google spokesman Jon Murchinson.
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