Google may be the king of search but some of its best efforts around building communications tools have failed – remember Wave? – or faltered – remember the last time you used Google+? No, me neither.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that, according to news outlets in Russia, Google execs have been courting Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov for at least a year looking for a $1bn easy win.
But alas, a Telegram spokesperson has confirmed in no uncertain terms to TNW: “This is complete bullshit. There were no acquisition talks, no plans for any such thing either.”
Telegram hasn’t monetized yet and faces stiff competition from WhatsApp, which recently enabled end-to-end encryption, so no doubt a Google buyout would be a boon for the company’s coffers.
But its CEO has been critical of the likes of Facebook and Google for paying lip service to things like privacy, and says he has no plans to make a profit from the company, so it really wouldn’t be a good fit.