Google’s meals — magic
Free meals are â€śpart of the magic of the place,â€ť Google Finance Chief Patrick Pichette told investors at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Subsidized workplace dining fosters important â€ścross-polinizationâ€ť by giving the worker bees a place to sit down and mingle, said Pichette in response to a question from the audience about the companyâ€™s approach to profit margins.
In recent months, Google has pulled the plug on certain projects, including its broadcast and print media advertising programs.
But Pichette insisted that the company would never reduce investments in â€ścore activitiesâ€ť that are vital to its long-term objectives simply to shore up margins.
Android, the companyâ€™s smartphone software, is one of those key long-term initiatives. As are burritos and wraps too, it seems.