Google’s revenue tipping point
Buried towards the end of Google’s Q1 numbers for 2007 is the little nugget of data that their international revenues now almost account for half of the company’s total revenues.
It is not debatable whether the 43%-47% will go up and above 50%, even while it certainly debatable when, in 2007 or 2008, that is bound to happen. Google has been increasing headcount in countries like India at an amazing pace. The company now has three centers in Hyderabad, Bangalore and the new one at Gurgaon, covering all aspects from Engineering to Strategy and Enterprise and I don’t think we should be too surprised by the rate at which they are expanding.
Update: To add more context, here’s David Filo’s comment on emerging online markets like India from his Infoworld interview.
Today our reach is 500 million users around the globe, and as we think about where the next 500 million users are going to come from, that is all going to come from the new markets.