Google Venture Fund Could Widen Channel

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-04-02 Print this article Print

While Google's foray into the channel with Google Docs and its search appliance has gotten a lackluster response, solution providers in the near future may find themselves involuntarily partnering with Google through acquisitions and the extended Google investment network.

Google created a venture capital fund to back startup companies developing innovative products in Internet services, software, hardware, green IT, clean energy technologies, biotechnologies and health care. "We think we can find young companies with truly awesome potential and encourage their development into successful businesses," wrote Bill Maris and Rich Miner, the two executives charged with leading the venture fund, in a post on Google's blog. Click here to read the full story
Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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