Interactive Q&A: Katie Jacobs Stanton, Product Manager of Google Finance

Apr.25.07 | About: Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)

This is the latest in Seeking Alpha's series of interviews with leading companies of interest to our readers. These are interviews with a twist: the respondent has agreed to answer questions and respond to comments not from a single interviewer, but rather from our community of readers and contributors.

goog financeThis interactive Q&A is with Katie Stanton, Product Manager for Google Finance. Google has sponsored this interview, which works like this:

  • Katie briefly introduces herself and the issues she's focused on below.
  • Readers and contributors can immediately start to post questions and remarks using the comment box below (Note: you need to sign up for free registration and be logged in to do so).
  • Seeking Alpha editors will not filter or edit the questions and comments from readers, except to delete profane or hostile language.
  • Katie will respond to the questions and remarks beginning Thursday, April 26th. Readers can track her answers and respond to them during that period.

Yahoo Finance readers may join the Q&A by following this link.

Over to Katie:

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katie stantonMy name is Katie Jacobs Stanton and I'm a Group Product Manager at Google. One of the products I work on at Google is Google Finance. Since Seeking Alpha launched in 2004, I have been a big fan of the site, so it's truly my honor to speak to this great community.

Google Finance aims to offer new and innovative ways to make financial information more accessible and more relevant to our users as fast as possible. When we launched Google Finance a year ago, we hoped to achieve this goal with a few key features. First, we offered the easiest way to search for financial information. No longer do you need to remember a stock ticker, but you can search by company name (Cargill), product (ipod), or even management (Sergey Brin). Second, we built interactive charts that were easier to use -- just click and drag to see how your stock performed over time. Further, our charts plotted news stories to help provide context as to why a stock may have moved up or down. And third, we offered news and blogs from thousands of sources, including Seeking Alpha, to help provide a diverse range of sources.

Over the past year, we have listened very carefully to our users to see what worked, what didn't and what we needed to do to improve Google Finance. Our biggest additions over the past year included:

1. Better charts: added splits, dividends, up to 40 years of historical data, and extended hours pricing;
2. More content: added the most relevant and entertaining videos from YouTube and Google Video, category data, quotes from more international stock exchanges including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussells and Lisbon; and
3. Stronger portfolios: added the ability to import portfolios from other sites easily, drag-and-drop sorting, and transaction portfolios.

We have a full product agenda for 2007 and hope we continue to add value to our users. We would be delighted to answer any questions about Google Finance and to hear from you as to what features you would like to see most. Please leave your questions by using the comment box below.