Brand. 'Google doesn't care about borders'
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Google Israel CEO Meir Brand says the Internet search giant's Israeli office has been receiving appeals from Palestinian startup companies and would be happy to assist them.
"There is a technological revival in the Palestinian Authority as well, and we have received several appeals from Palestinian startups," Brand said during a lecture at the College for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda. "We would gladly help develop startups in the Palestinian Authority. Google doesn't care about borders."
Brand told the students that about six months ago, 30 senior executives from Google arrived in Israel to study the unique model established in the country to help startup companies.
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"Google Israel has come up with a unique model helping small startups turn into global companies. They sit in small garages, and reach any place in the world through the Internet. From these businesses they generate tens of millions of dollars, and we are there to assist them," Brand said.
"Google gives them tools and mentors for business training in terms of marketing goals and business orientation, in a bid to make things easier and save time in business acclimation."
Addressing reports that the authorities have been requesting information on users, Brand said: "Google does not cooperate with the authorities in requests to receive information on people or political sources, and any information is only delivered under a court order.
"All the stories about delivering secret information to the authorities are fabrications. Google acts according to the transparency principle. Every year, Google reports which countries and which fields authorities have requested information about."