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Google > eBay, the signs are there...

5:13 pm on Jun 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Today I decided to take a semi-day off work due to the effect of some painkillers, sitting on my desk for the last 10 months in my bedroom was a book called:

"the perfect store" - inside ebay

8 hours later and all I can say, how much alike eBay and Google are, in terms of staff, ideals, strategies ...

so many similarities that I have picked up subconsciously, that I would be here all day writing ....

things similar to link buying, spam reporting, "do no evil", florida update, launching Gmail etc etc

now either its the painkillers working, or tomorrow morning i will wish i had never written this post.

However I would strongly advise that the book is read, to see how a cuddly company has to adapt/change when it becomes a public company.

I am sure many fellow WebmasterWorld members have read the book, and maybe they would like to comment ...


5:47 pm on June 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Haven't read it, but will go out and buy it now.
7:52 pm on June 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Excellent book, read it 6 months ago. FAST read.
11:09 pm on June 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, there is a significant degree of convergence which is occuring which is rarely talked about. Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ebay, and Amazon are all heading down the same path.

I think the Advantage is in Google and Ebay's court because they are both pure plays. EBay may have the greatest advantage because everyone will want to dance with eBay .. but Amazon is rapidly coming up from behind.

7:59 am on July 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have read the boko about a year ago and it was a quick read but with some very important lessons and very interesting details.

Picturing in my mind Omidyar receiving a tone of envelopes full of cash is just mind boggling. He took a risk commencing a final value fee but it worked out like a charm.

eBay's values as an organisation are on the money when it comes to DOT-com companies. I'm sure Google is similar and that others are catching up fast.

eBay however offers a service that touches people accross the globe levelling the playing field. It's the perfect business model.

My 2 cents anyway.