Waze joins Google

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Waze joins Google

Postby chiefwazer » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:30 pm

Dear Wazers,
I am excited to announce today that we have accepted an offer to join Google. I’d like to share some information about what this means for Waze.

Larry Page, Brian McClendon and the Google Maps teams have been following our progress closely and are excited about what we’ve accomplished. They share our vision of a global mapping service, updated in real time by local communities, and wish to help us accelerate. We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team to enhance our search capabilities and to join them in their ongoing efforts to build the best map of the world.

Nothing practical will change here at Waze. Waze will maintain our community, brand, service and organization – the community hierarchy, responsibilities and processes will not change. The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.

Why not stay completely independent? We asked ourselves: “Will Waze still be a fun project to participate in, and a fun place to work at, as a stand-alone public company?” Choosing the path of an IPO often shifts attention to bankers, lawyers and the happiness of Wall Street, and we decided we’d rather spend our time with you, the Waze community. Google is committed to help us achieve our common goal and provide us with the independence and resources we need to succeed. We evaluated many options and believe Google is the best partner for Waze, our map editors, area managers, champs and nearly 50 million Wazers globally.

Together, we can accelerate our mission to outsmart traffic. We will continue to make a real impact on drivers globally, helping them save time and money while making everyone’s daily commute a bit more efficient and fun.

So, it’s back to work for us with some great new colleagues and resources to enhance our project. Thank you for your participation in shaping Waze to what it is today, and we look forward to continuing to build out Waze together with you.

See you on the road,

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby maantje76 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:44 pm

Good news. This can be a huge step for us all!
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:48 pm

Here's the Google Blog write-up from Brian: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/ ... rting.html

I'm glad the community will be sticking together as-is for the time-being. I'm really interested in finding out what "working with Google maps team" as it relates to Waze really means.

A hearty congratulations to the Waze leadership for getting your baby Wazer to this point. Your investors must be pretty pleased. :mrgreen:
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby levin » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:11 pm

Congratulations to all Waze employees and management from all of us here, in the oldest Wazer community of them all, here in Israel.
It is very pleasing to see such innovation rising from a small Israeli community project to become a worldwide recognizable success.

We hope you will keep the Waze community spirit living inside Google, and keep improving Waze for us all.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby asterix06 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:14 pm

My Congratulation to Noam and Waze Team for that positive conclusion.

I hope we will be in the position to continue to work with your Team as we did till now.

I hope future Management decisions will alway be in Line with the "Waze Freedom Spirit"
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby antigerme » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:15 pm

Congratulations guys!
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby enhket » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:23 pm

Glad to hear that it is Google and not facebook! Congrats :)

How will waze and google merge their maps? Will we still have to edit?

This will waze to grow even faster! Congratulations again
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Waze is great,,,I just have concerns

Postby GeecheeDan » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:25 pm

Since Waze has sold out to Google, I will not be a Wazer anymore. All it will bring is more targeted ad placement and spying. Too bad because I was actually enjoying the app.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby jondrush » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:35 pm

That could have gone much worse . . .
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby steveningelbrecht » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:38 pm

Congrats to the Waze founders and Waze Team!
Already looking forward for more news about how this will effect the maps and editing needs...
Very curious on what this will mean for the search function...
Very curious about a lot of things!

But i guess it's time to celebrate for you, first!
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