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Thursday, March 20, 2003

How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows
"Flexibility is expensive," says Craig Silverstein, a 30-year-old engineer who dropped his pursuit of a Stanford PhD to become Google's first employee. "But we think that flexibility gives you a better product. Are we right? I think we're right.
Must read article even if you're not in technology. Google is demonstrating a successful technology business model and some of their reasoning is key. I learned a lot from this article, especially their rules:
Rule #1 - The User Is in Charge
Rule #2 - The World is Your R&D Lab
Rule #3 - Failures Are Good. Good Failures Are Better.
Rule #4 - Great People Can Manage Themselves
Rule #5 - If Users Come, So Will the Money
Another little tidbit from the article is Google's Director of search quality, Peter Norvig, Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation. Check it out.


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