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In this Cloud Wars Minute, Bob Evans reviews Google Cloud‘s latest earnings results and defines how the company has set out on its “march to profitability.”
00:31 — Given that Cloud Wars is the greatest growth market the world has ever known, it cannot be expected to follow the “norms and routines of regular business.” Bob says this is not happening, but ultimately, any business that wants to be successful has to make money.
00:56 — For Alphabet and its Google Cloud unit, there is a new level of intensity on the march to profitability, given the recent layoffs across Alphabet and the impression that “times are tight.”
01:22 — Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google Cloud parent company Alphabet, had some interesting things to say on last week’s earnings call about Google Cloud, referencing its “march to profitability.”
01:40 — For the quarter that ended Dec. 31, Google Cloud’s revenue was $7.3 billion, and its loss was $480 million, which equates to 6.6% of total revenue. Going back a year, to Dec. 31 of 2021, Google Cloud’s revenue was $5.5 billion, and its loss was $890 million, which equates to 16% of total revenue. In a year’s time, Google Cloud has greatly narrowed the scope of its loss relative to revenue.
02:25 — On the company’s earnings call, Porat said the company has been “investing ahead of the opportunity” because the growth possibility is so big. Google Cloud will continue to invest alongside the “parallel track of profitability,” which Porat noted the company is heavily focused on. Despite Google Cloud’s path to profitability, it will continue to ensure, “first and foremost, great experiences and outcomes for customers.”
03:33 — It has only been a few years that Google Cloud’s enterprise business has been a complete, end-to-end player, noted Thomas Kurian in his CEO Outlook interview with Bob. Even at this early stage of development, Google Cloud is faced with having to do three things at once:
- Continue a rapid rate of growth that can fund the infrastructure the company needs
- Demonstrate how it can grow and spend where necessary to build out the infrastructure around the world while turning a profit
- Continue to dazzle customers while taking care of the “internal dynamics”
04:13 — Google Cloud is the third fastest-growing of the Cloud Wars Top 10 companies. Bob notes that “we will see how quickly Google Cloud completes this march to profitability.”