G-Whiz: Google Pittsburgh

Tech giant Google has moved into its new location in Bakery Square and is searching for brilliant minds.



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Google: A dozen years ago, it wasn’t even a word yet. In 1997, Sergey Brin and Larry Page dreamed up this play on the word “googol,” which is the mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The rest of us didn’t hear it until the following year, when their oddly named search engine debuted, and the world took notice. Today, this high-tech giant has become stunningly central to the lives of people all over the globe.

More than 150 employees are now working for Google at its new Pittsburgh office, and the company is actively recruiting more. But what does it mean for the Pittsburgh region now that Google is here?

What began in 2006 as a two-person team located at the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) at Carnegie Mellon University has expanded into a thriving corporate office. In December, Google moved to East Liberty’s new Bakery Square in order to accommodate the company’s growing roster of talent in the area. Then just one month later, Google announced that it will expand its space in the complex by an additional 70,000 feet, clearing room for up to 350 more potential employees.

For comparison, the Pittsburgh office is slightly smaller than Google Boston and slightly larger than Google Boulder in Colorado. CMU president Jared Cohon described the expansion as “a great new chapter in Pittsburgh’s future.”
 

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