Google is creating a startup haven to prevent staff from leaving.
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The Area 120 incubator would let curious Googlers work on new ideas full-time.
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Freud would be proud...
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The Information's sources understand that Google is creating Area 120, a startup incubator that would let some employees pursue their "20% projects" (those personal projects Google allows in a fifth of your working hours) full-time. Anyone wanting to sign up would submit a business plan and, if accepted, spend several months working solely on that idea. You could scratch that inventor's itch without worrying that you'll lose your cushy Google job if it it doesn't pan out.
And how much would Google control if it does pan out?
All of it.