[FoRK] a spare Google Wave invite?

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Oct 5 14:57:49 PDT 2009

silky wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 7:47 PM, Adam L Beberg <beberg at mithral.com> wrote:
>> Tom Higgins wrote on 10/4/2009 11:54 AM:
>>> I am down to 0 invites on wave. If they up the count I will post about
>>> it up here and then its first bug first get.
>>> Wave is...interesting. Very alpha.Needs more Pr0n and gamez.
>> Does anyone else wonder what would happen if the entire world wasn't chasing
>> and catering to those with ADHD? Sure all the corn syrup and caffeene hasn't
>> left much else as far as the human population goes, but there has to be
>> someone else out there.
>> Who did Google buy for this tech anyway, some high school kid's project?
>> Even with their 20% time and thousands of engineers, there is no evidence
>> they have ever thought up a single thing that could make a dime...
> I agree it's interesting that most 'cool' google things are actually
> things they've bought.

And I think that is a great thing.  They are creating a more liquid 
market for startups than Wall Street.  I think that it also forces more 
money on the table from Microsoft et al.  I think this keeps the market 
far more honest and friendly than it would be otherwise.
> I also do half-wonder how easy it is so foster innovation and yet
> control it. I'm not certain on the legitimacy of company-sponsored
> innovation programs, unless the personal rewards are huge. Generally
> even if you do have an idea, your company is too busy doing what it
> does to help you commercialise it (at least, this has been my
> experience).

Google seems to leverage internal ideas much better than any other 
company.  Additionally, there are possible internal rewards.  People and 
teams have had bonuses of over $1 million based on feature / technical 
ideas surviving.
> It's hard to think of a model that would work, though, and still allow
> a company to get about it's business, and not loose employees. You may
> argue that you could potentially swap; instead of 80% on corp, it's
> 20%, and 80% on your own business (if it's making enough money), until
> they replace you. I'm sure there are some interesting ideas on the
> matter.

If your project gets green lighted, or whatever they call it, you can 
work on it 100%.  And you can always lobby others to contribute their 
20% until then.

I plan to work there.  When I sell them a company.  ;-)

>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_acquisitions_by_Google
>> --
>> Adam L. Beberg
>> http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/

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