/// Android Co-Founder Rich Miner on How He Is Spending Google’s Money

October 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Rich Miner set out a year ago to make sure that Google Ventures had its hand in more mobile deals . And it’s fair to say that is happening. Among its recent mobile deals, Google’s venture arm has invested in Appurify, Apportable, Cluster, MessageMe, Osito, Sold and Uber. In that last one, Google Ventures wrote a check for $258 million . “And a lot of deals that aren’t coming to us as mobile deals are turning out to be,” the Android co-founder and Google Ventures partner said in an interview. Mobile itself, Miner says, is broadening from experiences limited to the phone to those that touch the rest of our lives. Uber, for example, is part of a growing category of companies whose business revolves around “pressing a button and having real-world things happen.” The number of sensors being added in and around mobile devices is also creating tons of opportunities. “MacGyver would have loved to have had a mobile phone,” Miner said. “Think what he had to do to make a flashlight or compass.” Now those devices — a camera and so many more formerly standalone features — are just part of what comes standard on a phone. That creates opportunities for new kinds of companies for giving a second chance to ideas that didn’t make it during the early days of the Internet

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