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We just talk to each other

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Bret Taylor on his present at Friendfeed and his past at Google :

I had a number of accomplishments that I’m really proud of at Google. But I think for me I really wanted to sort of, you kow, forge my own path, if we can do it on our own. When we make decisions, I get to just look up from my computer and say, “Hey, you think we should do this?” And then people say, yes, we should do it. I haven’t made a single PowerPoint presentation. We don’t even use Microsoft Word documents; we just talk to each other.

It’s a really, really interesting dynamic environment. I think no matter how innovative a culture is at a large company, you can’t really reproduce it. And I think that’s what’s so infectious and wonderful about a startup environment, that I think draws a lot of people to it (…)

With 70 people the odds that two people are working on the same thing are probably pretty low. With 17,000, it’s almost a 100% that two or three people will be working on the same idea, or at least very similar ideas, at different parts of the organization. I think there is a certain amount of cost to just coordinating that activity. I’ve been really impressed with how Google has been able to scale, but inherently it has to change – just because there’s that coordination cost.

I think some bloggers call it “strategy tax.” You know, when you grow, your strategy becomes more and more important, and it taxes sort of everything you do a little bit… because everything you do, it strays from that strategy. You know, there’s a huge cost to that. Whereas I think for smaller companies, the strategy is less well-defined, or certainly the impact of straying from it is much lower.

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Written by Brajesh

March 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Sun Buys MySQL

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b1_msql_announcement.jpgSun could’ve just downloaded MySQL from the site and run without paying 🙂 .

Anyway, Sun buying MySQL is a big deal and a big surprise. Another slightly related acquisition news today is – Oracle buying BEA, the app server company. Incidentally, Oracle owns both InnoDB and BerkeleyDB – two of the better engine options of MySQL.

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January 17, 2008 at 12:11 am

Posted in Computing, Java, Money, SQL

Only 38% Downloaders Paid for Radiohead’s Album “In Rainbows”

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In Rainbows,” a new record album from an English band Radiohead, has challenged the traditional music sales model by allowing listeners to determine the price they are willing to pay for the album which is available for download on its website.

Figures coming out from comScore – an internet marketing research company – 38% paying an average of about $6 seem much more realistic than the numbers floated earlier – average price between $5 and $8 for 1.2 million downloads.

I’m one of those 62%. Radiohead’s music is decent but not my taste. But, had the album not been available for download, I wouldn’t even have heard of them or their music. Moreover, they probably made much more money from these downloads than they could ever make from regular album release.

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November 6, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Entity Resolution

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$50,000 for million dollar problem 🙂

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April 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Coding, Money, Search

Lawsuits P2P’d

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This is about Skype and Zennstrom being sued by Streamcast (Morpheus maker). Om Malik tells

At the core of the complaint is the FastTrack P2P technology, which went from Kazaa to Sharman and eventually ending up in Skype.

TechDirt has some background and details here.

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March 28, 2006 at 6:43 am

Posted in Money, P2P

memeorandum worth $500?

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Apparently memeorandum is worth just $500 if we go by this list of bids to clone memeorandum. Gabe Rivera (the memeorandum creator) is tempted to bid himself, but doesn’t – as he lacks the killer 10 star feedback, but that doesn’t stop Matthew Chen of megite to bid. $10k for megite license looks lame in front of all those $500 bids though. I bet Gabe can’t compete with $500 bids :-). By the way, I love megite for sending all that traffic to this blog.

I can see so many Indian bidders there. One bid by someone who shares his first name with me.

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March 25, 2006 at 9:00 am

Posted in humour, Money, Web 2.0

That Wooing Business

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Guy-speak on Demo

“It’s a great event, especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: entrepreneurs acting like they don’t need capital, and venture capitalists acting like they don’t need entrepreneurs,”

(via Paul Kedrosky)

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February 28, 2006 at 11:38 am

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Money