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Google profit and revenue up in Q1

Juan Carlos Perez | April 17, 2009
The company's CEO calls the quarter "good" considering the global economic challenges

"They were very much focused on their core business without too much fluff around any of the other stuff," Frank said. "It reminded me of the phrase: 'under stress, we regress.'"

Google also announced that Omid Kordestani, senior vice president of global sales and business development and the architect of Google's extremely successful business model, is leaving his post to become senior adviser for the Office of the CEO and Founders. Nikesh Arora, president of international operations, will replace Kordestani.

Schmidt praised Kordestani, describing as brilliant the way in which "he built the business of Google."

"As the business founder of Google, no one is better placed to advise us on issues like future revenue growth for Google," Schmidt said.

The number of clicks on ads served on Google sites and its partner sites increased 17 percent compared with 2008's first quarter.

After calling it "a poor man's e-mail" recently, Schmidt had words of praise for Twitter, the micro-blogging phenomenon that some pundits believe could be an acquisition target for a major Internet player like Google or Microsoft.

"Twitter proves that innovation is alive and well in Silicon Valley," Schmidt said.

Twitter offers a very useful service by letting people and organizations provide real-time updates, he said. "The question is how can you make money at that," he said, adding that advertising is an obvious way.

Google would be very happy to help Twitter and the other companies like it to monetize their services via advertising, he said.

Google ended the quarter with 20,164 full-time employees, slightly down from the 20,222 employed as of Dec. 31, 2008.

 

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