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Google exec talks acquisitions

January 6, 2011: 11:35 AM ET

WebNewser today posted a video interview with Google VP of consumer products Marissa Mayer, in which she discusses the search giant's failed acquisition offer for Groupon. She also comments on some startup sentiment that Google is an unappealing parent, due to an inability to successfully integrate acquired companies:

"I think that we have both a good structure for companies that get integrated into Google... We also have a new construct called an autonomous unit where we basically will buy a company and leave it very independent. This is very similar to what we did with YouTube. We're also doing this with a company we bought called Slide."

No mention of FTC issues related to Google's (GOOG) proposed acquistion of ITA Software, and if such concerns were what caused troubles with Groupon (the other theory I've heard is that most of Google's $6 billion offer for Groupon was based on earnouts, which didn't sit well with Groupon management).

Here's the clip:

You can watch the entire video here, including Mayer's admission that "Google hasn't gotten social right yet."

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Dan Primack
Dan Primack
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Dan Primack joined Fortune.com in September 2010 to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Previously, Dan was an editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service. In a past journalistic life, Dan ran a community paper in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He currently lives just outside of Boston.

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