Hi WSO - I've worked in big tech (think FAMGA) since graduation ('17). Went to a top 10 US UG, currently working in product, was previously in corporate strategy (got to work on an acquisition in 2019). I would like to transition to the investment side for my next role; ideally in early stage VC, open to Growth Equity. Not super interested in Seed (not a good fit), or in Buyout (not a good fit; not a banker). If anyone has experience making this transition, or has peers who have, I'd love to hear any and all advice. I am just now starting the process. Some avenues I'm considering searching
05 Mar 2021
Have internship offers for both GS Global Market (S&T) & Google Associate Product Marketing Management (APMM). For further context, I did the Global Markets internship last summer and liked certain aspects of it (pervasive markets knowledge, some technical financial knowledge, and securities analysis, compensation) and disliked many others (long hours, lack of substantial practical work, few areas to show creativity, menial and mundane work etc.). Google APMM Pros would be: better work-life balance, more practical work, higher starting compensation first year-post grad (if I get a return and
09 Jan 2021
Youtube has had its fair share of scrutiny with a number of videos depicting white supremacy and its removal of videos that audiences didn't find fair to take down. Recently with an interview with CNN, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai has commented that: quotes"We've gotten much better at using a combination of machines and humans," Pichai said. "So it's one of those things, let's say we're getting it right 99% of the time, you'll still be able to find examples. Our goal is to take that to a very, very small percentage well below 1%."[/quote] Do you think its fair to hold Youtube accountable for
17 Jun 2019
Apparently Google has decided to completely overhaul its search engine app on smart phones by adding a new personalized feed. The feed consists of links about hobbies, sports, news; I'm starting to find this a bit too similar to social media. This new Google offering is called "Google Feed" and works just like Facebook's "News Feed". Although Google denies copying the Facebook feature, it sure does feel as if Google is starting to use Facebook's feature against them. [quote] "This feed is really about your interests … It's not really about what your friends are interested in," Ben Gomes, a
21 Jul 2017
Hello, I am considering applying for the 2+2 MBA program at HBS and Deferred MBA at GSB, and I wanted to know if I have a decent shot before I spend the time writing essays and asking for recommenders. Here is some info: * Senior Undergrad at USC / UCLA / ND / Georgetown tier school (graduating in May) with full scholarship * 3.7 GPA, Computer Science & Business Admin Major * 5 internships, including as a software engineering intern at Google * Will be returning to Google as a software engineer upon graduation * Taking GRE Jan 4th 2019, but my SAT was ~2300/2400 (with 800 math and 800 writing)
08 Dec 2018
Hi all! First thread on WSO! Goal after University: Start my own Business someday, and therefore am trying spend the next few years learning as much as I can. Background: I'm in my final year and had recently interned at Google over the summer in their Business side. They have offered me a graduate role in something that I'm not too keen on - this is due to the size of the office in my country is quite small. However, I've also got a graduate offer at a Tier 2 (S&/OW/ATK etc) as I only made first round at MBB. I'd be keen to join Google's Strategy team to help build those key business skills
29 Apr 2018
Recently, Google has selected Toronto as their location to be branded as a new high tech city. Detroit and Denver were also considered, while Toronto was their final decision. Google has applied to develop a 12 acre strip of land in Toronto, to create some form of technological urban innovation. This project follows Sidewalk Labs' Link NYC project, where they created hundred of internet kiosks across NYC. * Why do you think they selected Toronto? Due to the low Canadian dollar? * What kind of project could we expect here? Repeat of Link NYC? Something to help traffic congestion? Here's the
28 May 2017
In the past week or so companies have been pulling their advertisements from Google's YouTube . To quickly summarize the situation for those unfamiliar with it, the British newspaper The Times' investigation revealed advertiser's ad appeared on content deemed inappropriate. Once the news spread of these glitches in YouTube's advertising algorithm, companies such a Coca-Cola suspended their advertising. Recently, this past week [quote] New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said in a statement last week that it has decided to "pause all YouTube digital advertising globally to ensure our product
05 Apr 2017
Hey, does anyone know what a product management role at a tech firm like Google is like? The role sounds interesting in theory but is it really as exciting in reality? Also, what is the salary progression for a product manager at a large tech firm like Google, Amazon or Facebook?
04 Sep 2017
I'm sure most of you monkeys saw it a couple weeks back, but this is fucking hilarious (and sad). My personal favorites: • Wisconsin - Wisconsin (really cheese heads? Just sound it out!) • Diarrhea - New Hampshire (there must be something in the NH water) • Banana - New Mexico (somebody never listened to Gwen Stefani) Jesus Christ we need to do better. What are your favorites? And while we are at it, is America screwed?
15 Jun 2017
There's a really cool blog post I found of a VC guy who analyzed 600+ VC professional bios and sorted their background data. According to the findings, Want to Get Into VC? Go to Stanford, Study Engineering, and be Named David
09 Apr 2018
After 4 years in YT ad sales (probably similar work to tech consulting) at Google I am off to a top 15 MBA (700 GMAT, 3.5+ undergrad GPA). I want to transition to an MBB (backup tier 2) but I'm worried about my barely 700 GMAT and my lack of consulting industry knowledge. Any recommendations for positioning my previous experience to a fit in management consulting?
31 May 2017
Hey monkeys, This is a bit more political than some other posts on here but I thought you would find it interesting. Just recently, a Google engineer was fired for releasing a manifest commenting on the company's diversity and the employee's inability to discuss the various facets of diversity. Transcript of Manifesto I recommend you all read a bit of the manifesto to get a good idea of what was said. Although I won't personally comment on any of the specifics, the main takeaway I had from the manifesto was
08 Aug 2017
Hi Everyone, I got an offer from Citadel FTAP and Google (for Software Developer position) Citadel's base salary is much higher than google and the live expense in Chicago is much less than Bay Area so Citadel really attracts me. But Citadel seems to have very competitive environment and I'm a little bit worried. My thoughts: 1. Work-life balance will be much better in Google. 2. Software developers are cost-center in hedge funds. After 5 to 10 years, is it possible that my salary is upper bounded if I work in Citadel. 3. I'm not sure how much bonus I can get in the hedge fund. Is it possible
08 Nov 2016
Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 7/23/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click here. I came across this about a month ago and I've been meaning to share it with you guys ever since. In our Internet-driven modern world, the ability to effectively search the web has become increasingly important. Sure, anyone can type something into Google and click on the first couple links, but what about real search? How do you go about using the awesome power of Google to answer seemingly impossible questions? For example: [quote]Daniel Russell stood in front of a
19 Dec 2015
Hi folks, WSO has been a great source of advice throughout my job search - and I finally have options that I could really use your help to decide between! I'm a senior at a top 3 university, currently trying to figure out what to do for full time. I really wanted to work for MBB but didn't get an offer after interviews. I currently have offers for IBM consulting (interned last summer), Google sales, and Deloitte consulting S&O. I'm also interviewing for the Capital One business analyst program and a position with Royal Caribbean on the revenue management side. A consideration of mine would be to potentially work at MBB in the future, or work in retail/consumer goods, although I'm not sure yet what I want to do.
01 Nov 2014
Well, today is the big day for Google shareholders. I just got the new shares dropped into my account. I'm showing a pre-market on GOOG at $565.16 a share. GOOGL looks set to open at $571 at the moment. The most ironic thing I'm seeing so far is that GOOG is reading down 49.79% from yesterday's close. I wonder if it's going to print like that all day? It almost stands to reason that it would, being that it's a new class of shares backed into an existing symbol. I thought it might be fun to see what the consensus on WSO was about today's close. It seems clear so far that each class of shares is
03 Apr 2014
If you're a frequent YouTube user you've no doubt seen, or at least heard about, the new commenting structure imposed by Google last week. You may even be a part of the small but vocal group of YouTube users who are really pissed off about it. In a nutshell, from now on you'll have to use your real name when leaving a comment on a YouTube video. There are a couple ways around it, but that's basically the deal from here on out. On top of that, YouTube comments are now driven exclusively through Google+. At first blush this appears to be a ham-fisted attempt to force people to use Google+, but
12 Nov 2013
Not 100% relevant to finance but thought there was some good takeaways in here you guys might like. From FastCompany: [quote]Google's Svp Of People Operations Explains How He Sifts Through 2 Million Résumés And How He Defines The "googleyness" Of Potential Hires. Laszlo Bock knew he wasn't walking into a traditional corporate setting in 2006 when he arrived for his job interview for head of people operations at Google. Google recruiter Martha Josephson implored Bock, who had done stints at firms like GE and McKinsey & Co., not to wear a suit to his interview. No one wears suits there, she told
07 Apr 2015
In a major reshuffle in S&P 500, Facebook, Twitter and Google will leave the tech sector to be reclassified under a new "communication services" sector. This puts them in the same sector as the trio of regulated telecoms AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. Disney, Netflix, and Comcast are also joining this newly created sector, among some more names. I'm curious to know people's thoughts on this reshuffle - is it warranted? I can't seem to find a truly satisfying reason anywhere, except that the telecom sector housed only 3 companies earlier and murmurs of this being a precursor to future
20 Sep 2018
just wondering which is your preferred mobile OS. I love Android because of widgets, free apps which cost on iOS, screen sizes which don't kill your eyes, and ease of transferring files to and from. Which is your preferred? I have an S3, looking to get an LG G3 the day it comes out.
30 Apr 2014
Jesus, did I ever bet the wrong horse. $50 billion in market cap gone in the blink of an eye. Brutal. Yes, I'm talking about AAPL and the fact that it's down about $50 a share pre-market thanks to whiffing on revenues for the third quarter in a row. Wanna know how smart I am? I sold all my GOOG a week ago Tuesday to avoid a margin call on my AAPL. Bastards. I love how the fanbois over at TechCrunch are able to find the pony buried under all the horseshit, too. Despite slowing sales and evaporating margins, AAPL now has $137 billion in cash - which would be great if they were in the cash
24 Jan 2013
Eddie mentioned before that he was stepping away from Lending Club (http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/stepping-away-from-lending-club). One of the factors was looser underwriting / servicing of the borrower. Meanwhile, Google is stepping up with a $1.6 billion valuation*(http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/05/02/google-buys-stake-in-lending-club-valuing-peer-to-peer-lender-at-1-6-billion/). I really wonder if the news Thursday morning regarding negative rates from Draghi, got Google thinking, people need to invest some where. I am sure there is more of a reason such as Google seeing an opportunity in the site and P2P lending.
03 May 2013
22 Feb 2012
So as many of you know, Google is highlighting the recent creation Google Glasses today and I have to say I am impressed. While there are obvious roadblocks to the design (e.g. the current state of battery technology), this product truly has the potential to be disruptive. When I first saw the demonstration a year ago and placed my order through a Google developer friend, I was excited. Now I am thrilled. There is a great deal of potential in this product and can change the way we live life (anyone thinking video game style achievements for real life?). So are you on board with this idea
20 Feb 2013
This might not be big news for some (most) of you, but for those of you who use Google Reader to keep up with the goings on of the market and various blogs, this might have a big impact on you. Google announced today that it's groundbreaking RSS aggregator will be no more as of July 1. Predictably, the news was met with plenty of teeth gnashing and rending of garments among the Internet cool kids, and petitions have already sprung up begging Google for a reprieve. Some of the reactions so far have been hilarious. I'm kinda sorry to see it go. Google Reader was a huge part of my daily ritual in
14 Mar 2013
"Look man, remember when there were no seatbelts? What happened then when you crashed?" "My mother's arm stopped me; I went through the windshield!" "Exactly! And you got 39 stitches all over your head that made you look like a total badass all through third grade! And did that stop you? No! A few years later in 8th grade you took that same station wagon out with nobody's permission, to go pick up the girl of your dreams!" "So what's your point?" "My point is, life is like that car! Sometimes it throws you through the windshield, cracks your skull wide open, even breaks your heart! But you can't let that stop you from getting back in there! Ride, Billy. RIDE!"
18 Jun 2013
Two major deals that went down in the music world this year have involved Apple and Google. Who made the better deal, in your opinion? http://www.firmex.com/blog/who-will-win-the-music-streaming-war/
23 Jul 2014
My friend (MBA in an Ivy school) recently got summer intern offer in Google and McKinsey. She's happy with either choice and want me to post a thread here asking WSO people which offer will you take and which ones look better on your resume with your Ivy MBA? Quick comparisons of the two summer interns: 1) Google: be in the HQ in Moutain View; pay $12,000 per month (still negotiable since Google really likes my friend and wants her to join the team!!!). 2) McKinsey: in NYC; pay $$10,500 per month (non-negotiable). Her Google offer is in Finance and Business Strategy division/department, I
14 Feb 2013
This is an interesting article stating that Facebook interns make $5,662 per month equating to a prorated salary of $68,000 also the article states that Google interns make $6,862 equating to a prorated salary of $82,000. Who knows how accurate these numbers are and I would be interested to know how many hours the interns are works. I doubt they are pulling 80-100 hour weeks, and the culture at these tec companies are amazing. Now most investment banking interns are making $5,800 a month on a prorated salary of $70,000 some are making overtime at the BB, but if you were smart enough and lucky enough to land a Facebook or Google internship sounds like a good gig.
14 Dec 2012
I find this very bizarre since I don't know that much about computers in general and even less about SEO, but I've accidentally stumbled upon a very simple loophole in google's algorithm that can very easily help sites get to the first 2 pages for a variety of commonly searched keywords. Is this by itself worth anything or would I need to start a SEO company to benefit from this? I also need to be able to sell the idea without it being stolen from me, because I can literally describe how to do it in three sentences, so after I say those three sentences no one really has any reason to pay me
09 Jan 2012
Yahoo, the world's largest internet "portal" made a bit of a splash yesterday when it announced that it was scalping Google's Marissa Mayer to fill its recently-vacated CEO position. Per Bloomberg, the 37 year old Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee. She is credited with maintaining the company's spartan home page for a decade and overseeing such products as Gmail, Google News, and image, book and product search. The mission she's accepted as CEO will be twofold... To bring back users who ditched Yahoo for Google and other sites To boost advertising revenue It's on her to fix the
17 Jul 2012
From DealBreaker's source: Goldman has been firing IBD first year analysts with buyside offers for next year. Senior people are calling up funds to ask if any analysts have received offers from them. A bunch have been cut so far. cnbc http://www.cnbc.com/id/47539157 They clearly read this website.
05 Jun 2012
Tech analysts have pontificated on the possibility of a Facebook phone for years and it seems that their wildest wet dreams (or nightmares) may finally be coming true. The New York Times reported that Facebook has been hiring former Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad to help build a Facebook phone. However, it remains to be seen if a software company can ultimately succeed in the hardware business. After all, Microsoft and Google have made several efforts with mixed successes into hardware and of course Apple comes from the hardware world. And sure, Facebook's social network is
29 May 2012
A close friend was recently offered employments for a senior research analyst McKinsey, a research associate at BCG, and a Google associate position for Business Operations and Strategy. Salaries + compensations are pretty much the same across all three companies (except BCG pays around $5000 higher annually compared to the McKinsey and Google). As a result, she's having hard time deciding which one to go to. Anybody have any good recommendation?
10 May 2013
With all of the hubbub about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg these days, I want to remind you guys that they are not the only game in town. In fact, there's another hottie at the dance who may not win homecoming queen, but could turn out to be better marriage material down the road. Now that I have the attention of the feminazis and Facebook groupies, I crack open my umbrella and await the rainfall of hate and ridicule. Groupon > Facebook...by a Country (wide) Mile As most of you guys guffaw over Goldman's bucket shop production with Facebook as the lead, I am not impressed.
16 Jan 2011
Personally, I like all these companies. (aside from facebook becuase all it does is cause problems in my life while Zuckerberg whipes his hiney with hundreds....Its more a personal issue) but it is kinda evident where these companies are headed Facebook has been strong lately but I think it could end up like myspace if it doesnt change to attract more users/returning users when google+ become available to the general public
01 Jul 2011
Hi, Which is a better summer position for a sophomore pursuing IBD in the long haul? 1. GOOG BOLD Commerce Team internship 2. MM PE (unpaid) internship I've been following this thread: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/offer-decision-GS-… and just wanted to know your guys' inputs on these specific positions. My plan with the PE internship would be to take advantage of being in the city and network in-person like crazy to alumni bankers from my school. I would get more connections through my bosses as well and set myself up a lot better for IDB coming out of a non-target.
14 Mar 2012
Hello guys so I am currently faced with a choice between Google Marketing APMM program vs ATKearney Business Analyst role. Assume monetary value of the offers are about the same, which ones would put me in a better position in the next 2-4 years? In terms of exit opps? For google you can become PMM in around two years but I feel like its pretty much dead end after that and consulting you get huge exposure to different industries not to mention sponsorship for MbA. Since its not MBB Google has also a better brand. What would you guys do? Right now I'm leaning consulting but what are the pros
01 Oct 2012
I just saw this commercial, which was cringe inducing. It's embarrassing that there are people out there who actually like this commercial. Not trying to be a cold-hearted bastard, but what exactly is the guy trying to accomplish with this? Bro, the relationship did not work out. Nothing in life lasts forever. Get over it, cherish the memories, and move on. You really think putting up past photos will make the girl say, "oh yeah, what a nifty use of google chrome. i think i'm gonna have coffee with him and magically get back together."
24 May 2012
Just in that Google is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion... Definitely a game-changer for the mobile space; It'll be fascinating to see how this plays out. How do people think this might impact HTC, Samsung, and others? I use an iPhone myself, but look forward to seeing what Google has in store.
15 Aug 2011
I Google myself every once in awhile to see what comes up. Usually its Linked-in, Facebook, etc,. The other day I Googled myself and the last thing that I want to appear on fucking Google shows up: The police blotter for the small town newspaper where I was arrested during sophomore year. I go to school in a small town (9,000-10,000 people). For those of you who have never read a small town paper, they publish every civilian cop interaction for the week. EVERYTHING. Get a fucking parking ticket at the Wal-Mart in town, they will post it. Here's what my post reads: My Name, 20, The town, booked in the early morning hours on Sunday. Public intox, minor in consumption.
09 Sep 2010
http://techcrunch.com/2008/01/30/stanford-compute… According to this article, cs grads are being offered 80-100 base salaries from top firms like google/facebook, not to mention 10-20K in bonus, stock/option grants, comprehensive benefits, 20 days vacation, ect - pretty clearly superior to what consultancies/banks are offering these days. Some startups are paying just as much PLUS equity ownership, with 80 hr weeks compared to banking's 80-120. Another thing to consider is that Google provides free food and shirts - it's almost at the point that the only thing you have to pay for is housing - you should be able to save up a HUGE amount of cash if you live frugally - potentially 300K+ in 5 years with conservative investments, if you are living alone/frugally. While firms like Google and facebook are well known grinds - the 60-70 hr weeks still seem rather pleasant compared to the 80-120 hrs investment banking analysts face.
30 Apr 2010
Hi everyone, I'm a student in my final year at university and I have a 10 week internship offer for Brand Management at Procter and Gamble, and a 10 week internship at Google. I desperately need help choosing. I am planning on applying to strategy consulting firms after the internship, as I want to go to Business School in a few years (and can get sponsorship) - so which would be the best to do for a strategy consulting app and an MBA app? Important considerations: 1. Most interns at P&G can convert their offer into a full time job 2. It is less common for people to convert their internship
09 Mar 2016
Hey guys, I know this forum is largely for wall street related posts but I have seen some posts creep around here about internships and jobs at Google from time to town. So from anyone who is working/has worked at the GOOG, can you tell us what your experience was like? What you were doing? And since you are on this forum, why you picked it over the traditional finance track? What does someone need to do to score a a job with one of their strategy teams and what is the work environment actually like (I know we constantly here about how creative it is and the massages and the gourmet meals and
05 Jan 2012
http://thenewsoftoday.com/in-croatia-girl-throws-… [quote] In what has to be one of the most disturbing videos to hit the internet in some time, a video was posted on LiveLeak last evening. In the video, a girl who looks like she's in her early 20′s, is seen throwing 6 puppies into a river. She picks each one up and throws them seemingly as hard as she can into the water.
31 Aug 2010
According to Google Treasurer Callinicos, the firm has started a trading team and is currently hiring for entry level and experienced trading positions. Callinicos is very well respected in the finance and technology industries, after serving as Treasurer of Microsoft at a time where the company was generating 7% cash returns. In 2004, the company was able to pay out a one-time $32 billion dividend. Specifically, Google is looking for bond traders and portfolio analysts. The firm currently has the 3rd largest cash reserves of any company, after Microsoft and Cisco. The trading team will also be used to buy back shares after Google purchased AdMob in a $750 million stock transaction recently. The transaction was cleared on May 21st. Surprisingly, Google has been public about not returning cash to shareholders, and instead internally generating value.
30 May 2010
Am I the only one seeing a bubble in BIDU shares? It's ok that Google may pull out of China, but maybe they won't... and even if they do, there are more competitors for Baidu in there. For the time being, all this controversy has resulted in Google becoming the number 1 search engine in China for the last couple of weeks (they had 36% market share previously). Good strategy. Over the last 15 months shares have jumped 328%, and trades for 93 times historical earnings and 60 times projected 2010 earnings. With BIDU shares seemingly priced for perfection, anything that goes wrong could be highly
24 Mar 2010