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Google to Open Office in Seattle

 6:59 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

The Seattle Times is reporting [seattletimes.nwsource.com]:

Google's ever-growing empire is moving into Seattle.

The Web search company is opening a local sales office and is advertising to hire sales associates...



 7:04 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Cool. If any Googlers up in Seattle ever, you know, need their computers configured--give me a call. :) I'd love to visit Seattle..


 7:06 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

GG, now you want to be Sleepless in Seattle aswell do ya :)


jeremy goodrich

 7:10 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Shak, that was terrible.

Besides, GoogleGuy, think about it: the weather where we live is incredible. bay area, california - me sitting about 20 min from the GooglePlex

I hear it rains a lot up there. :)

So, is Google opening up the office to talk Microsoft into some advertising?

<--- I hear that Microsoft has a bit of money saved up.


 7:14 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

>So, is Google opening up the office to talk Microsoft into some advertising?

Perhaps what they are trying to do is sell Google lock, stock and barrel to Bill Gates, and become assimilated into the collective consciousness. ;) And, as far as the Bay Area, Seattle has fewer earthquakes.


 7:19 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I hear that they have good coffee?


 7:38 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Google needs to open an engineering office up here. It would at least give me something to dream about.

If you didn't have to worry about your anonymity, I would even offer to treat you to some seafood, fresh from the hook.


 7:40 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I heard thats where they moved the BUTTON. As soon as the office is open we'll be all set.;)


 7:51 am on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)


Seattle gets less rain each year than Washington DC and New York. Besides, we have something up here during the summer that you don't have in the Bay... it's a color, we call it green.

Average yearly rainfall in Seattle is 36.2 inches (92 cm), compared to 19.5 inches (50 cm) in San Francisco, 34.5 (88 cm) in Chicago, 39 inches (99 cm) in Washington, D.C. and 40.3 inches (102 cm) in New York City.


We also have the highest Starbuck's to Population density of anywhere on earth. But Tully's has better coffee.



 12:26 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

> --give me a call.
GG, good idea. I have forgotten your phone number, perhaps you could send it via email ;-) Unfortunately I'm not from Seattle, but perhaps if you intend to visit germany ... :)


 2:29 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

GG, don't be going ANYWHERE. We need you around to push the button.


 3:13 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Minden Nevada is opening a Starbucks plant. Come to the source GG


 3:29 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

When I read the title 'Google to Open Office in Seattle', what came up in my mind is ->

Google is going to use Open Office. Haha.


 3:32 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've heard Seattle has one of the largest suicide rates in the country. I hope this doesn't have anything to do with MSFT's interest in G. Ironic isn't it?


 3:44 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

seanetal - it's easy to play fast and loose with statistics, isn't it?

You may get less rainfall than D.C. as measured by the inch, but you have a higher % of rainy days than D.C. :) (Their weather gushes, your weather leaks!)


 4:15 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised the Starbucks site is not PR10 :)


 5:24 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

:) Congrats to the new location for Google. I've never been to Seattle, but I hear they have some pretty good bandwidth around that part of the woods.

One Google Way
Spot #1
Seattle, WA

hMmm does google have fun street names, like apples 1 infinite loop :P


 5:46 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Seattle girl just has to jump in here. The precipitation numbers given are correct. Sadly, it takes 3 times as long to get an inch of rain in Seattle as it does in NY or Boston. The suicide rate isn't related to the rainfall amount, it's the duration. It mostly just dribbles and sprinkles. Too many of those days when you almost-but-can't-quite use your windshield wipers will make you suicidal, trust me. And the clouds don't go away between sprinkles.

That said, it is the most beautiful area on earth when it's clear. Blue skies, blue waters, green everywhere and snow capped mountains in the background. And it's cool enough to get a perfect suntan the old fashioned way. If I could find a way to convince Google to hire me for February, July and August only, I'd go back home in a heartbeat! Honestly, I'd intern for free for those three months a year.

If they move the button there...I hope it's rust-proof!

Dian :)
Seattle girl, on Loan to Nashville TN


 6:28 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

The suicides are mostly people from the east who somehow think that you can't go outside in the rain. During the rain is when things are the most beautiful. The moss is glowing, the waterfalls are at full flow, the trilliums are bursts of white under the canopy.

And like Dladybug says, when the sun comes out it just seems clearer and brighter with all that green around.

West of Willamette

 7:24 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Congrats Google for opening an office in the second best city in the Northwest.

Google Guy--just make sure you stay off of I-5 in the morning. Seattle traffic is a case study in favor of telecommuting (and Portland beer is far superior to Seattle coffee).

Though in comparison to the East Coast, Seattle Rocks!


 8:19 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

>> I've heard Seattle has one of the largest suicide rates in the country.
Actually, I think the award goes to Alaska.

Seattle is an excellent place to live! Welcome to the Northwest Google. We will have the sun on until 10pm this summer to offical welcome you. But once we have you hooked on the beauty, in the winter the sun will be down by 4pm.

Engineers should really live up here. I hear that your company can be number 1 in the world if you locate to Seattle. The engineers are stuck inside all winter and they get a lot done!


 10:02 pm on Apr 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hmmm... Google up in my neighborhood. I might have to check it out - though I prefer to stay away from sales. As for Seattle weather is concerned, I recommend the locals stop letting out our little secret about the weather not being that bad - traffic is already bad enough!


 12:07 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Suicide rate probably related to cloud cover. More darkness = more suicides.


 4:05 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

"Suicide rate probably related to cloud cover."

Maybe I'd better just visit then. Sounds like Washington/Vancouver is a beautiful area though.


 4:35 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

It is a very nice place to visit.

Four of the six grandkids live up there so we get to visit now and then. We were there last when the IEEE International Microwave Symposium and MTT-S conference was up there in 2002.


 5:00 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)


You've now answered my question from a previous thread... you obviously weren't in Sydney Australia for the opening of Google's Australian Office a fortnight ago!

If you had been in Sydney recently - you wouldn't be discussing 'climate' and 'cloudcover' - you'd be talking 'sunshine'!

Even in Winter!




 6:05 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)


It is incredibly easy to play
I agree, our weather leaks... but the fact is most of that rain comes in the winter. Try visiting during the Spring or Summer and tell me Seattle isn't a wonderful place.

As for the remark that Seattle has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Scroll down this next page for a graphical of the many states with higher suicide rates than Washington.


Funny seeing all those sunny places in there.



 9:33 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not all of the Seattle area is covered with seemingly perpetual drizzle, if you watch the map on the weather, just SE of Seattle you will note there is a nearly circular area the clouds seem to avoid most of the time.

Puyallup is in a valley between two hills, and the weather since I have been up here has been wonderful. We even have a great view of Mt. Rainier most of the time. When it does rain (less than 5% of the time since I've been here), we are treated to lots of visiting mallards in our backyard.

As to the suicide rate, I recall hearing once (probably about 10 years ago) that Plano, TX had the highest rate of suicide in the nation (along with the highest ratio of dentists). Whether that oddity was actually true or not, I cannot say, but it came from a reasonably trustworthy local.

GoogleGuy, if you end up visiting, and the weather starts to get to ya, just come on down, we'll put on a fresh pot or three, and you can sit back and feed the ducks or stare at the mountain.


 9:41 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well Iused to live in a more rainy part of gemrany, but have long since moved to sunier pastures, and now I live on a little suny island in the med. Now THERE is a place for a high-tech company :) In fact jsut these days MS is preparing to open an office. Would be fine to see Google offer some sun and sea to its employees :)

BTW are there "open door" occassions at google? I can jsut see it: packs of oogling WW regulars following guide through the hallowed halls of the 'plex, oohing and aahhing at the wonders they see...



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