Doctoroff heads to Google to run Sidewalk Lab

Former deputy mayor will lead new arm for urban innovation

New York /
Jun.June 11, 2015 11:00 AM

Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP and deputy mayor for economic development under Michael Bloomberg, is heading to Google to head up a new urban innovation venture called Sidewalk Lab.

The independent company, jointly conceived by Doctoroff and Google CEO Larry Page, will be dedicated to innovating technologies to improve urban life, according to the New York Times. It will do this through inventing technologies itself, buying technologies, and investing in partnerships.

“It’s going to evolve and we’re just starting up,” Doctoroff said.

Page called the investment in Sidewalk Lab “relatively modest,” and compared it to some of Google’s other side ventures, including Calico, a pharmaceutical research company, and GoogleX, which came up with Google’s famous self-driving vehicles.

Primary aims for Sidewalk Lab will include cutting pollution, curbing energy use, improving transportation and reducing the expense of city living. The venture will be based in New York.

Doctoroff  left Bloomberg last year after Michael Bloomberg decided he wanted to retake control of the company. [NYT] — Tess Hofmann


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Google's newest New York City acquisition on the West Side of Manhattan. (Cookfox Architects)
Big Tech’s appetite for real estate continues to grow
Big Tech’s appetite for real estate continues to grow
Publicly traded firms now own $1.64T of US real estate
Publicly traded firms now own $1.64T of US real estate
Publicly traded firms now own $1.64T of US real estate
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and St. John’s Terminal at 500 Washington Street (Getty, COOKFOX Architects)
Google’s $2B deal spurs optimism for NYC’s pandemic-battered office market
Google’s $2B deal spurs optimism for NYC’s pandemic-battered office market
Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Google says it won’t claim NYC tax breaks
Google says it won’t claim NYC tax breaks
A rendering of St. John's Terminal with Google CEO Sundar Pichai (COOKFOX Architects, Getty)
Google shatters pandemic record in $2.1B office purchase
Google shatters pandemic record in $2.1B office purchase
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and renderings of the project (Getty, Google)
Google gets go-ahead to build mega-campus
Google gets go-ahead to build mega-campus
Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty, iStock)
Google’s hybrid model will allow 20% of employees to work remotely
Google’s hybrid model will allow 20% of employees to work remotely
Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty; iStock)
Google pushes back employees’ return to offices
Google pushes back employees’ return to offices
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...