[FoRK] a spare Google Wave invite?
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Mon Oct 5 14:57:49 PDT 2009
> 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
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
> 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
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. ;-)
>> Adam L. Beberg
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