Everyone’s fav poster child for innovation, Google, just got a lot less innovative with the announcement that it’s killing Google Labs. As Darth Vader once aptly put it: “Noooooo!”
Yes folks, first Yahoo axed (well, sold off) Delicious and other funky-yet-profitless pursuits and now Google has given up on its always playful, always interesting sandbox. What’s next? Will Wonka sell off his oompa loompas and the chocolate waterfall?
I have to say, this seems like an odd call by Google’s new CEO, given the comfortable lead the company has over its rivals, and the effectiveness its business models have so far had in taking on its largest rivals. You’d think if ain’t broke, you wouldn’t fix it.
Anyway, I suppose sooner or later the child-like energy of a company always much grow conservative and cautious, so perhaps this is what is happening. I know from my own experiences in the tech industry that conservative tech companies (usually those that cut their teeth selling wares to two kinds of customers: G-men and Salarymen), have a real hard time keeping up with the upstart innovators biting their ankles. And from time to time, they trip and are quickly devoured by them.
Might this be that moment where Google loses its cool and sets out on the long, boring road of corporate conventionalism? Will the darling of developers everywhere start wearing a (gulp!) tie?
Another Vader Quote: “This will be a day long remembered.”
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