Google is asking employees to help uncover suitable startups for the $100 million it expects to invest annually through its investment arm, Google Ventures. "This is not a stalking horse for acquiring companies -- if people want to get bought, they are going to talk us," said chief executive Eric Schmidt. "... Googlers know a lot of people and the employee and knowledge base we can tap are literally thousands of people. The average VC firm doesn't have access to that knowledge. So, in theory, that gives us a competitive advantage."
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