team is headquartered in downtown Seattle. Love making great software for real people, eating the food at Pike Place Market, and taking pictures that bring to life great memories of times had with family and friends.
Serial entrepreneur, Jonathan joined the Picnik team after selling his company Phatbits to Google. Phatbits went on to be Google Gadgets, the cornerstone of the internet giant’s desktop applications strategy, which continues to reach millions of people every day. Prior to Phatbits, Jonathan was a senior manager in Microsoft’s consumer division, personally delivering the next level of thought on key Microsoft properties to chairman Bill Gates and the company’s leadership, as well as driving the development of award-winning software applications, video games, and social communications applications. When he’s not at work, Jonathan can usually be found sitting at the bar he owns in downtown Seattle talking to complete strangers about Picnik and “Web two-point-oh.”
Google Inc acquired online photo-editing site Picnik, as the Web search leader continues with a deal binge includes three acquisitions in about three weeks.
Google did not disclose the financial terms of the deal for Picnik, a 5-year-old Seattle-based start-up which said on its website that it has 20 employees.
Google spokesman Andrew Pederson said in an email message that the Picnik team has joined Google’s Seattle office and will work with Google’s Picasa group.
Picasa is Google’s Web photo sharing service. The deal is the latest example of Google’s increasing appetite for acquisitions, as the company’s core Internet search business has benefited from a recovery in the advertising sector.
In October, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company would resume its historic pace of acquiring one small company per month on average, with larger deals happening every year or two.
Last month Google acquired Aardvark, a social search engine and mobile Web email service reMail. Since September, Google has acquired 8 companies, said Pederson.
Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette, speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference conference on Monday, said that Google was beefing up its ranks as business conditions improve.
“The bottleneck for us right now is engineering. How many engineers can we find given that we have all these great opportunities?” Pichette said.