Google Shopping Hangouts on Air; Google Reports 10x Increase in Olympics Mobile Searches Globally; Launches Google Ventures Blog

Today, Google launches a new experimental blog "Google Ventures", to help users get to know the people and companies at Google Ventures a little better. "We'll share how we think about things and why, if you're an entrepreneur, you might want to talk to Joe, Rich, Kevin and the rest of the team," Bill Maris, […]

Today, Google launches a new experimental blog "Google Ventures", to help users get to know the people and companies at Google Ventures a little better. "We'll share how we think about things and why, if you're an entrepreneur, you might want to talk to Joe, Rich, Kevin and the rest of the team," Bill Maris, Managing Partner stated.

"Google Ventures is a radically different kind of venture-capital fund. The Google Ventures hands-on teams work with portfolio companies full-time on design, recruiting, marketing, and engineering," Maris wrote in the introductory post.

Google Ventures also offers Startup Lab, a dedicated facility and educational program where companies can meet, learn, work, and share.

In other Google news, here are some of the videos of the Hangouts On Air, designed to help guide small and medium businesses through the transition to Google Shopping.

Session 1: Google Shopping Introduction and Overview

Session 2: Introduction to Merchant Center

Session 3: Creative and Optimizing Product Listing Ads

Session 4: Google Trusted Stores Overview and Setup

In a study published today, Google revealed that it has seen 10x increase in the Olympics mobile searches globally. "We see these trends in many multi-screen events (such as the Super Bowl, Oscars, and Eurovision) but the Olympics represents an even more pronounced trend and one we can see happening at a global level," Google stated.

European countries "showed especially high mobile search volume with most countries having one-third or more of their Olympics-related searches occurring on a tablet or smartphone," Google wrote. In some European countries "this number was substantially higher - in the UK, 46% of Olympics searches happened on mobile."

In Asia, South Korea (36%) and Australia (45%) saw mobile search volume spikes, while Japan (55%) was at the front of the pack.

Olympics Mobile and Tablet Search Share by Device for Several Island Nations:

Google Study: Olympics Mobile and Tablet Search Share by Device for Several Island Nations

Check out the infographic below, that gives a snapshot of the percentage of total searches that occurred on smartphones and tablets during the first two days of the Games, for Olympics-related searches: (Click to view larger version)

Google Infographics: Olympics related searches Globally

In another survey, Google studied about what CFOs consider to be the benefits of moving to the cloud, as well as their concerns -- to this end, the company recently surveyed over 800 CFOs in the United States and Europe, revealing that "almost 81% of U.S. respondents say that they think completely implementing cloud technology would improve employee productivity, and 71% say it would reduce the time required to bring new products and services to market."

In fact, in Europe 67% have adopted or are making plans to adopt cloud computing and 52% of American CFOs surveyed say their companies always include cloud-based systems in their IT decision-making processes.

Furthermore, 69% of surveyed CFOs in Europe believe that cloud computing increases the IT department's ability to innovate.

Some of the benefits CFOs highlight include "significant capital and operational savings, better security, and productivity gains that come from the ability to work from any device or together with others using tools like Google Docs," Google adds.

You can read the full study here.