TheOptimizationIdiot - 3:37 pm on Apr 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
"Take Gmail -- when we released that we were a search company. It was a leap for us to put out an email product, let alone one that gave users hundreds of times as much storage as anyone else.
It's why we're investing in what appear to be speculative projects today, such as self-driving cars. We found that with ambitious goals and a committed team, you can make progress pretty quickly. There's not much competition, because no one else is crazy enough to try."
They're not quite like everyone else at Google and thinking they would "do what normal businesses do" or "what everyone else does" seems to keep people from understanding their philosophies and how they actually do things, imo.
Their 80% time on core business is another example. No one else does that, because "it's not profitable enough [right now]", but not many companies continue to increase revenue like Google does either.
I wonder who's wrong about how profitable the 80% time on core business is in the long-run, Google or everyone else who doesn't do things that way?