The Internet search juggernaut’s senior vice president of engineering and research was describing a new and urgent reality facing Google. "Can you build global products with a workforce that is only in Mountain View, California?" Eustace asked, posing a rhetorical question to the several dozen assorted Wall Street types in attendance, some of whom were dozing off as he spoke. "The answer is, no you can’t. The technical talent that we need to solve the next generation of problems in search does not all live in Mountain View, California."
Eustace left out the part about the 300,000 square feet of space that Google plans to occupy in the heart of the city. It’s a poorly kept secret that the company will soon open a huge new office and networking facility at 111 Eighth Avenue. Google’s new base in the city will dump a sizable influx of Google employees into the social and professional environment of Chelsea and the West Village.