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Wojcicki: Advertising, even display, is in Google's DNA

May 4, 2011: 2:09 PM ET
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The company's elusive executive isn't just widely respected by employees, but also a force behind many of the products that make the company profitable.

FORTUNE -- Though she's responsible for Google's biggest moneymakers, Susan Wojcicki isn't a recognizable face, certainly not like co-founders Sergey Brin or Larry Page, who rented out her garage in 1998 to serve as Google's (GOOG) first headquarters. But as Senior Vice President of Advertising, her work has been instrumental to the Internet giant's success: Wojcicki spearheaded the advertising platform AdWords, Google's biggest moneymaker, and pushed for the acquisition of YouTube in 2006.

At WIRED's Disruptive by Design business conference yesterday, Wojcicki covered several topics, including Page's reorganization efforts. One of his mandates, inspired by Mayor Mike Bloomberg efforts, are new weekly executive meetings every Friday dubbed "execute."

"Every executive is in a big building, and I think one of the things Larry wanted to do was bring all the executives together," she says. "If somebody has an issue, we can resolve it right then and there." More

  • More Nokia hand tipping by Google employees on Twitter

    This time Tim Bray jumps into the fray.

    On his Twitter account this afternoon, Google (GOOG) Android Developer Advocate Tim Bray said,

    Poor Mr. Elop. Has to make the big tech call not ever having written a line of mobile code or done system bring-up work.

    Mr. Elop, who wrote an amazingly candid note to employees this week on the downfall of Nokia's (NOK) 'platform' is a former Microsoft (MSFT) VP and Macromedia CEO.

    It is MORE

    - Feb 10, 2011 12:29 PM ET
  • Google VP tips Nokia's hand for Friday

    Nokia has a big decision to announce Friday and Google VP (and former Microsoft VP) Vic Gundotra might have the inside track.

    Vic Gondotra is a Google (GOOG) VP who doesn't shy away from making abrupt public statements.  Last night, likely referring to Nokia's (NOK) impending February 11 announcement on whether it will go with Android or Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone 7, he tweeted:

    Two turkeys do not make an Eagle

    Gundotra was likely in MORE

    - Feb 9, 2011 9:02 AM ET
  • Google I/O 2011 sells out in under an hour

    Developer interest in Android is skyrocketing, as evidenced by the selling out of the I/O 2011 event in 59 minutes.

    In a series of Tweets, Google (GOOG) VP Vic Gundotra details the quick-selling Google developer event which seems to indicate that developer interest in Android has increased markedly over the past few years.

    Google I/O is a developer focused event that takes place in May at San Francisco's Moscone convention center.  Last year, Google MORE

    - Feb 7, 2011 2:08 PM ET
  • Next generation of Android media player revealed

    Developers have gotten their hands on an alpha version of what appears to be Android's upcoming media player.

    When it comes to media management and playback, Google's (GOOG) Android lags behind Apple's (AAPL) iTunes ecosystem. For those who like to have their music and video managed by an application, Google simply doesn't have a good answer to iTunes.

    I currently use DoubleTwist on Android, which is a third party app that allows me to MORE

    - Dec 28, 2010 12:42 PM ET
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