Google looks for talent in BlackBerry's backyard

Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:04pm EDT
 
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By Cameron French

TORONTO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - With Blackberry Ltd shedding staff in its hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, other tech companies, including Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit, are moving to take advantage of a growing pool of local talent.

Motorola Mobility said on Thursday it plans to set up a new hub in Waterloo, located about an hour's drive west of Toronto.

"We have a small space right now and we're looking to grow considerably," said Derek Phillips, engineering director for Motorola Canada.

He declined to specify the number of new hires expected, but said the company was seeking computer science and engineering talent.

Google acquired Motorola Mobility last year in a $12.5 billion deal that gave it ownership of a large portfolio of communications patents. It has since moved to revamp the company's money-losing mobile phone business.

Google separately has its existing Canadian development headquarters in Waterloo, which boasts an in-office slide.

The company is one of hundreds of tech players with a presence the city, attracted in part by graduates of the University of Waterloo's highly ranked computer science, engineering and technology programs.

The vast majority of local technology companies are small startups looking to make a splash such as the one BlackBerry, then called Research in Motion, made after it pioneered pocket email in the 1990s.   Continued...